Varicose veins are gnarled, enlarged veins. Any vein may become varicose, but the veins most commonly affected are those in your legs and feet due to frequent standing or pressure put on the lower body.
Blue veins, also known as reticular veins, are common but they form deeper under the skin’s surface so they’re less visible. They’re larger than spider veins, but smaller than varicose veins, ranging from 1-3mm in diameter. They often can become “feeder veins,” contributing to the development of spider veins and most often occur in the thighs, behind the knee, and lower leg.
Spider veins, also called telangiectasia, spider veins are small discolored veins near the surface of the skin. The causes of these abnormalities tend to be mainly inherited genetic traits. Other factors that can influence spider veins include pregnancy, being overweight, age and gender (females are about four times more likely than males to have spider veins).
Pelvic varicose veins and labial varicose veins are forms of venous insufficiency by which women’s pelvic, labial, or vulvar veins become enlarged and dilated during pregnancy and continue after the baby has been delivered. Some estimates indicate that around 30% of all pregnant women will end up with pelvic or labial varicose veins at some point in their lives.
It is estimated that nearly 25% of the world’s population (mostly adults) suffer from some type of vein problems. These vein issues can range from very minor conditions like chronic venous insufficiency to more rare and life threatening conditions like venous thrombosis.
When it comes to vein problems, Jacksonville residents should be aware that people who live in warmer climates with higher amounts of exposure to the sun, like we have here in Florida, have a higher risk of developing vein issues because of the strength of the sun’s ultraviolet rays on the skin. St. Johns Vein Center Jacksonville was created to address the needs of Floridians who are suffering from various types of venous insufficiency conditions.