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Telangiecstasia Varicose Veins

Also known as thread veins or spider veins, Telangiecstasia varicose veins are a type of superficial, harmless varicose vein that appear on the face and legs. Any vein in your body can become swollen, and therefore varicose, but what differentiates telangiecstasia varicose veins is that they will appear in the form of little blue and red clumps of veins and are nowhere near as severe looking as the harsher varicose veins though they can still be pretty unsightly. They’re not a cause for alarm although they may make the legs ache from time to time. Whilst some forms of varicose veins are known to bulge under the skin telangiecstasia does not count this amongst its symptoms. However, some people will be very unhappy with the appearance of the thread veins and choose to get something done about it. In those cases a micro injection is used known as Sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy involves injecting a chemical into the veins to make them shrivel and fade. T he treatment is not necessarily permanent and is conducted under a local anaesthetic. Whilst

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How do I go about getting Sclerotherapy? My gp won't refer me to hospital and I'm at the point I'm hating my legs so bad and they seem to get worse everyday :(





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Himy name is Helen.. and i am also deaf since from birth and i am 45 years old... i have a problem with blue unslightly vein on my lower leg on the left.. sometime i do find it painful when i press on the vein and come out show blue and mixed red.. i have been went to see my GP. About it as he say better do leave its not looking that bad but i felts so low and i hadnt wear a skirt for 20years.. i have try do cover the makeup for the veins but its not working at all.. i have been tease and bullied from this.. Can you help and advice what i will have to do.. Will the sugrey treatment will help.





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Can i get a thigh tattoo if i have thread veins or will this affect them?





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I have spider veins on my nose and I am now getting embarrassed about my appearance.I have used creams but seen that they have no affect,up to now.Will laser treatments work,as they can be expensive,or are there other treatments I can use. My doctor has not been very helpful.





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Getting desperate 8 year old has what the doctor call spider angioma on her hands. She has around 7 of them. She is otherwise healthy. Our cat scratched her this summer...although she did not display any signs of infection. It is the only thing that I can say that has happened. I look at other children's hands and my child seems to be the only one with them. I am a very worried mum!!!





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My son has them too. More than 7 and his pediatrician was not concerned. Have you asked if the pediatrician is concerned? What did they tell you?

Hi. I have spider veins on the bridge and side of my nose. What types of treatment are out there to help remove them as they are unsightly and affects my confidence around people.





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Thermocoagulation - We have moved on from sclerotherapy being the best option in the last decade, certainly for minor spider veins up to around 1mm in diameter and especially for facial veins where sclerotherapy is not able or to awkward/painful to be used (e.g. nasal flares).





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Hi. I have spider veins all around my ankle area and lower legs in the front. Want to find out about having these lasered, but now sure where to go. Anyone know a reputable clinic/hospital in the South Lincolnshire area.





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Hi, I have some thread veins on the back of my legs behind my knees. They often ache but recently it sometimes feels like sharp needles being put in and is really painful. Is this normal? Thank you.





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Hi, im a 22yr old female who has always these blue unslightly spider veins that are constantly visible in my ankles. my GP adviced me that if they are blue they can not be removed but if they are red they can be treated. unfortunately my GP is unwilling to treat them as it is cosmectic treatment. im absolutely tired of living a limited life, make up to cover up on a night out but i got no hope in summer! im prepared to pay anything to have ankles that match my age. too young for this stress! ...who do i need to consult professionally?





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Perhaps the devil you know is better than the devil you do not know. Have just let vanity lead me astray and the cure was worst than the problem. Have now given myself a Keloid scar in a very visable place and I Hate It. But was my choice and I work around it. So take heed.. Summer,you say is going to be a problem, why not try Sunsense brand Sun block with the bronzer built in, non greasy, and really makes skin look great with a natural sun kissed look. Was given a sample by skin specialist and it is good.. Why not try anklet jewellery... Your life is not limited, though you may feel so at this point of your life. Try another Doctor if not happy with the words of this one, if anything to make you feel better. The more emphasis in your mind you put on it, the more you will draw attention to it.. If you are vibrant and confident about yourself that is what people will only see. Try the Sunsense product see how you go. My spider veins cover majority of top right thigh, only one leg, so I know where you are coming from, but I improvise and dont let it burden my quality of life. And life is short enough. Take care, hoped that was of some assistance..

my spider veins are on my nose what can i use to hide them

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