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Spider Veins

An estimated 30% - 40% of the U.S. adult population is afflicted with some type of vein problem.

What Are Spider Veins?

Spider veins are tiny purple or red blood vessels located near the surface of the skin that can occur on either or both legs. Their name comes from their appearance: they look like thin, branching lines, similar to the threads on a spider’s web.

Spider Vein Symptoms

Individuals with spider veins may experience:

  • An aching, burning sensation around the veins
  • Intensified pain with prolonged sitting or standing

What to Expect With Spider Veins

If the unsightly nature of spider veins concerns you or if you are experiencing physical discomfort, you may wish to seek treatment. There are a variety of ways Dr. John Golan can care for your issue, depending on its severity. He may recommend compression stockings or elevating your feet, for example, or he may suggest an office-based procedure.

Spider Vein Treatment

Unlike many vein treatment clinics, North Shore Vascular uses only brand-name, FDA-approved sclerotherapy products. We also have an ICAVL-certified lab that meets the same criteria as hospital-based labs. Learn more about our treatment for spider veins below:

Considering spider vein treatment in the Chicago area? Or think you may be suffering from spider veins? Contact North Shore Vascular today.


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No more spider veins.

Seven weeks after one sclero treatment.

What Are the Causes of Spider Veins?

The exact causes of spider veins are unknown, although several factors may contribute to the condition. Patients who are more at risk for developing spider veins are those who stand for many hours a day, those who have family members with spider veins and/or are women who have been pregnant.

What Are the Dangers of Spider Veins?

While spider veins can be quite unsightly, they are usually just a cosmetic concern and don’t represent a significant health risk. Many times, they don’t even cause physical symptoms. If there are symptoms, they typically are minor, such as aching, swelling, burning and/or night cramps.

How Can You Avoid Spider Veins?

There is no surefire guarantee for preventing spider veins, but there are steps you can take to reduce your risks.

  • Maintain an active lifestyle. Keep your blood circulating for reduced vein pressure and reduced risk of blood pooling.
  • Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight increases the pressure on a person’s legs, which can cause veins to surface.
  • Don’t cross your legs. There may be a link between sitting with your legs crossed and dealing with circulatory problems, so avoid crossing your legs when possible.
  • Avoid high heels and tight, restrictive clothing. Lower heels work your calf muscles more, which is better for your veins. Likewise, loose clothing will help prevent your blood vessels from being constricted.
  • Avoid extended periods of standing or sitting. Staying in the same position for long periods of time is a recipe for circulation issues. Try to change positions every half-hour, and routinely flex calf muscles when seated.

For the highest quality, professional spider vein treatment in the Chicago area, contact North Shore Vascular.