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Blue Veins

Blue veins are usually larger and flatter than spider veins and range in size from 1-3mm. They are also known as reticular veins and tend to be the “feeder veins” contributing to the development of spider veins. They form deeper under the skin’s surface, called intradermal varices, hence they are less visible. Generally, these blue veins most often occur in the thigh, behind the knee, lower legs and breasts. This condition can be very painful and uncomfortable, and if progresses, can become unsightly.

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Prevention and Treatment

Blue veins can be prevented by following similar precautions to sun exposure and by making lifestyle changes. This can be achieved by:

  • Wearing compression stockings
  • Avoid prolonged sun exposure
  • Limit long periods of standing or sitting
  • Elevate legs while resting
  • Wearing flat or low-heeled shoes
  • Keeping your weight under control

The best form of treatment for blue veins is sclerotherapy.

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