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Varicose and Spider Veins – Who usually has varicose veins and spider veins?

Author GreatDad Writers
Submitted 10-12-2006

Who usually has varicose veins and spider veins?


 


According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services,Many factors increase a person’s chances of developing varicose or spider veins. These include:



  • Increasing Age

  • Pregnancy. During pregnancy there is a huge increase in the amount of blood in the body. This can cause veins to enlarge. The expanding uterus also puts pressure on the veins. Varicose veins usually improve within 3 months after delivery. A growing number of abnormal veins usually appear with each additional pregnancy

  • Having family members with vein problems or being born with weak vein valves

  • Hormonal changes. These occur during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause. Taking birth control pills and other medicines containing estrogen and progesterone also increase the risk of varicose or spider veins

  • Obesity, leg injury, prolonged standing and other things that weaken vein valves

  • Sun exposure, which can cause spider veins on the cheeks or nose of a fair-skinned person