It is normal to see veins under your skin, particularly in your legs. However, when you notice clusters of veins that look discolored or unusual, you may panic and wonder what is wrong with you. Telangiectasia is a relatively common condition in both men and women in Cincinnati. Despite its prevalence, it also should be diagnosed and treated by a medical professional, especially if it negatively affects your health. You can take charge of your telangiectasia by knowing what this condition is and how medical professionals treat it today.
What is Telangiectasia?
Telangiectasia, also known as spider veins, is a health condition that causes branches or thread-like patterns of veins that are visible under the surface of your skin. These patterns typically appear in clusters and come on somewhat gradually. They are most often found in the legs and ankles. However, some people develop telangiectasia on their face, especially on their cheeks or around the lips and eyes.
Telangiectasia is not always painful or even bothersome. However, it can negatively impact your self-confidence in the way you look. You may be less eager to wear clothing like a pair of shorts or skirts.
Some people do experience symptoms with this condition. The most common symptoms of telangiectasia include:
• A feeling of heaviness in the legs
• Mild pain
Telangiectasia can also indicate the onset of another major illness like vascular disease or damage to internal organs like the liver.
Medical scientists and doctors speculate that this condition is caused by a number of different factors, some of which are:
• The use of birth control or hormone replacement therapies
• Standing for long periods of time
• Wearing tight clothing like a girdle
• Smoking or the use of alcohol
Depending on what causes your telangiectasia, our specialist in Cincinnati may recommend that you undergo a procedure called sclerotherapy to eliminate these discolored clusters of veins.
What is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a minimally-invasive medical procedure that is performed in the comfort of our office in Cincinnati. During the procedure, we inject a special solution directly into the spider veins. The solution causes the veins to become irritated. They collapse, forcing blood to be rerouted to other veins. The problematic veins eventually collapse and disappear.