In some people, there is a link between the development of spider veins and their alcohol consumption. Alcohol consumption increases blood flow, which causes the veins to have to work harder. It also limits the liver’s ability to filter toxins and waste from the blood. When these toxins are less filtered, it causes blood flow to become thicker, which places additional pressure on the veins. Veins that were already faulty may become inflamed and malfunction, causing the backward blood flow that leads to spider vein formation. If other risk factors (such as genetics, being overweight, or prolonged sitting and standing) are also present, even healthy veins may begin to malfunction and lead to spider veins.
What are spider veins?
Spider veins are veins that look like a spider web. They are usually red, blue, or purple and are found most commonly on the legs. We also find spider veins on the face and other areas of the body. These veins are generally unsightly, and many people want to get rid of spider veins for aesthetic reasons.
Why do some people get spider veins?
Spider veins develop when the valves inside of the veins fail and allow blood to flow back towards the heart. The most common risk factors for developing spider veins are genetics, aging, pregnancy, being female, overweight, having damaged veins, blood clots, sun damage, and frequently sitting or standing for prolonged periods.
Are spider veins dangerous?
Spider veins are not dangerous or life-threatening, but they can cause problematic symptoms like pain and swelling that can affect the quality of life. In addition spider veins can be a sign of an underlying condition. Spider veins can also become varicose veins. Varicose veins have worse symptoms and much more significant complications for your health. For these reasons, spider veins are a cause for concern. Have Dr. James Sherman and his qualified staff at Vein Specialists of Augusta evaluate your vein needs and can minimize spider veins with a simple procedure. Sclerotherapy is the most common procedure for spider veins.
Should I stop drinking alcohol?
If no other risk factors are present, consuming alcohol may not affect your risk of developing spider veins. However, if you have other risk factors, or if you drink alcohol often and/or in large quantities, it may increase the likelihood of developing spider veins or other venous insufficiencies. If you already have existing spider veins and/or varicose veins, this is especially true!
If you are concerned about getting spider veins from drinking alcohol, consider your other risk factors. If you already have a personal or family history of varicose veins or other related venous problems, you may need to limit your alcohol consumption. However, if no other risk factors are present, this may never be a problem for you.
If you are concerned about your risk of developing spider veins, or if you have questions about the relationship between alcohol consumption and spider veins, schedule your appointment here at Vein Specialists of Augusta. Our vein experts will evaluate your health and offer their best recommendations and treatments to help you maintain healthy veins. The first step is to request your vein consult and ultrasound. If you are paying out of pocket the cost is $300. The ultrasound is essential for proper diagnosis of potential vein disease.
*Answers about spider veins by our experts at Vein Specialists of Augusta – a sister company of New Skin Medical Spa
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