Spider veins are thin, blue, purple or red veins that appear on the skin’s surface. Spider veins are considered a cosmetic problem and most insurance carriers do not cover their treatment. Nevertheless, spider veins also may cause symptoms, including leg pain, throbbing and itching.
The body tends to continue producing spider veins despite successful vein treatment. For this reason, follow-up intermittent treatments are often necessary. Veins slightly larger than spider veins are reticular veins, also known as feeding veins since they “feed spider veins blood.” These veins are typically blue or green and are also considered a cosmetic problem.