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Minute dilated blood vessels (enlarged capillaries) are known medically as telangectasias. They appear as thin, red strands (called “spiders”) that often lose their color upon application of pressure. Since the vessels are permanently dilated, the color promptly returns when the pressure is removed. Most telangectasias are found on the face, but they may also occur on the chest and back. Spider veins are smaller in size and closer to the surface. Often they network in a pattern similar to a tree branch.
“Spiders” are frequently encountered in perfectly normal persons, especially those with fair skin. They increase in number with age and with excessive sun exposure. Pregnant women may develop multiple telangiectasias, as may persons suffering from chronic alcoholism and liver disease. One of the hallmarks of rosacea is the appearance of facial telangiectasias.
Spiders are harmless, but they often pose a cosmetic nuisance. Red blotches can be treated in the dermatologist’s office by means of a simple process similar to electrolysis. A narrow metal needle is momentarily placed in the center of the vessel, and a brief current seals off the threadlike strands, often resulting in their disappearance. The laser and IPL are more costly but even more effective methods for eradicating spider telangiectasias. Indeed, these are now considered the gold standards of therapy.
We suggest trying some of the remedies for varicose veins, especially ones with bioflavonoids such as pycnogenol (PCO or OPC), quercetin and bromelain. If used regularly, horse chestnut, horsetail and witch hazel will prevent spider veins. Vitamin C will also be beneficial in your protocol. These supplements will help strengthen the integrity of the capillaries, reduce inflammation and aid in healing.