People often use the words spider veins and varicose veins interchangeably. This often makes people think these two terms are used to describe the same condition. Unfortunately, that is not true.

While spider and varicose veins are caused by the same situations and conditions, they are in fact very different. The following is a look at how spider and varicose veins differ from each other.

The Size of the Veins

The biggest difference between spider and varicose veins is the size. Varicose veins are extremely large in diameter and shape. They can sometimes measure up to several millimeters in diameter.

In comparison, spider veins are a lot smaller. Most cases seen by Detroit vein doctors involve patients with veins that measure less than one millimeter in diameter.

Symptoms Associated with Spider and Varicose Veins

Even though spider and varicose veins are both vein disorders, only one – varicose veins – produces symptoms. Patients that suffer from larger varicose veins will often report a heavy feeling in their leg, intense pain, occasional itching, and swelling of the skin near the enlarged vein.

The severity of the symptoms will vary depending upon where the varicose veins are, how large they are, and the individual. Some individuals have symptoms that are so severe they need to seek varicose vein treatment from a Michigan vein clinic.

The Type of Treatment Used

Due to the fact that spider and varicose veins are different sizes, there will be different treatments used. Treatments are often used as a way to reduce the visibility of the spider and varicose veins. However, treatment for varicose veins may be required to reduce symptoms associated with them.

The type of treatment that may be recommended by a Detroit vein treatment center for spider and varicose veins include:

  • Sclerotherapy – used to treat spider and minor varicose veins
  • Transdermal laser therapy – successfully treats both spider and varicose veins
  • Endovenous Laser Treatment – minimally invasive procedure used to treat moderate to severe cases of varicose veins

When it comes to treatment, even the way the treatment is classified is different. Treatment for spider veins is often considered cosmetic. It is classified as cosmetic because patients rarely suffer any symptoms from it, which means treatment is being administered for cosmetic purposes. Classifying the treatment as cosmetic means that health insurance will rarely cover the procedure. Patients are required to pay for their treatment out of pocket.

Varicose vein treatment is often considered medically necessary. This will often mean that most insurance companies will offer some type of coverage for any treatment of this condition.

It may not always be easy to determine whether you are suffering from spider or varicose veins. Schedule an appointment with the Detroit vein doctors at Metro Vein Centers to learn more about these types of vein diseases and what treatment options may be available to you.