Thread veins are a very common condition that occurs when the small blood vessels that lie beneath your skin become dilated and visible.
Also known as ‘telangiectasia’, thread veins come in several different colors: smalls ones are red, but they progress from purple to green as they get larger (more dilated.)
Thread veins are more common in older adults, but anyone can get them. And while some people with thread veins could also have varicose veins, not everyone will. Let’s explore more about this common vein condition.
Are Thread Veins a Sign of a Medical Condition?
89% of women with thread veins developed the condition because varicose veins were creating the dilation of their vessels. And 40% of those women also have such a severe varicose vein problem that they will likely develop other medical problems in the future.
Because thread veins and varicose veins go hand-in-hand so often, anyone who has the former should be screened for the latter. In our Houston vein specialist office, we can screen you for varicose veins with a simple diagnostic ultrasound.
This type of screening will help determine whether your thread veins are a stand-alone problem or part of a larger issue.
Why Do Thread Veins Develop?
Most often, genetics predisposes you to developing thread veins. If your mom and grandma had them, chances are, you will too.
Other times, thread veins develop at the sight of a bruise or injury. This is a less common cause.
Can you prevent thread veins?
As mentioned, thread veins are often a genetic inheritance. But, since they are also tied to varicose veins, there are some measures you can take to help reduce the onset of these veins:
- Maintain a healthy weight and exercise regularly: Inactivity and obesity have been linked to problems with varicose veins.
- Avoided extended periods of sitting: When you sit for a long time, you don’t use the muscles in your legs that are in charge of pumping blood back up to your heart. This can allow blood to fall back down your leg veins and pool, leading to swelling of the legs and bulging varicose veins.
How can I treat thread veins?
When it comes to getting rid of thread veins, over-the-counter creams don’t work. Sure, you can cover them up with makeup, but that’s clearly a temporary solution. If you really want to get rid of thread veins, you need to first clear up any underlying medical problems. Then, if you are still dealing with thread veins, you can treat them with microsclerotherapy, which involves injecting a highly diluted sclerosant solution into your veins with a teeny-tiny needle. This injection will permanently destroy your dilated blood vessels so they stop showing up beneath the skin.
If thread veins have been bothering you and you want to rule out a more serious medical issue, schedule an appointment with Dr. Fox or Dr. Hardee. We can screen you for other medical conditions and get you started on the treatment plan that’s best for your unique situation.