Sometimes referred to as ‘blue veins’, reticular veins occur below the skin in common areas including the inner thighs back of the legs and around the ankles. Reticular veins can form in a cluster and may cause symptoms of pain or discomfort. These veins, since below the surface, may only be seen with a vein light. Reticular veins may function as ‘feeder veins’ causing the formation of spider veins, so diagnosis is important prior to treating spider veins.
Telangiectasias (spider veins)
Spider veins are small, thin veins that lie close to the skin. These veins form clusters that can be red, blue or purple in color appearing most often on thighs, calves, and ankles. It is possible for the appearance of veins to be accompanied by aching, burning, swelling and night cramps. Spider veins can result from heredity, medication, weight gain, prolonged sitting or standing, pregnancy, and other hormonal shifts.