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Can reticular veins be a cause for alarm?

Visible veins underneath the skin are called reticular veins, and they have a blue-purple coloration, but they do not protrude from the skin like varicose veins do. Similar discomfort and symptoms to varicose veins can be brought on by reticular veins, which are smaller than varicose veins but commonly appear alongside them as the feeder vein for varicose veins. Sometimes they show up with no warning at all.

Legs with no abnormalities should still have some reticular veins. Meaning “network-like,” “reticular” is derived from the word “reticulate.” In appearance, reticular veins resemble a web of deeper veins. When the valves within the deeper truncal or perforator veins become inadequate, however, blood might seep abnormally into the reticular veins. The blood pools in the interconnected network of surface veins, making them more prominent.

In this way, blood can flow from larger reticular veins into smaller spider veins, creating the distinctive appearance of veins fanning out on a leaf. Experiencing pain, itching, and throbbing are all possible reactions to this.

There are various options for Boise reticular vein treatment if modifying your lifestyle isn’t helping. Your doctor can help you decide what is best for you. 

How deep are the reticular veins from the skin’s surface?

Reticular veins, or subdermal veins, are superficial veins that lie directly beneath the dermis (ie: the layer of skin between the epidermis and the subcutaneous layer). Although reticular veins are frequently seen on examination, they can also be hidden under the skin. Ultrasound can be used to detect the reticular veins and aid in treatment.

Can you get rid of reticular veins on your own?

No. Reticulated veins do not get better on their own. Their construction relies on a type of tissue that cannot mend itself.

Can reticular veins be harmful?

Having a history of vein disease in the family, working in a position that requires you to stand or sit for long periods of time, hormonal changes during pregnancy or as you age, being overweight, and being pregnant are all risk factors for developing reticular veins. Ignoring the signs of incompetent leg veins can lead to more serious complications, especially if the condition is inherited.

In addition to leg swelling, venous eczema (itchy, flaky skin), discolored skin near the varicose veins, thickened and hardened skin at the ankles, and open sores are also possible symptoms of chronic severe varicose veins.