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Is a Spider Vein a Cause For Alarm?

Aug 27, 2008
No one likes blemishes. There area number of ways that people try to combat these skin problems, and one of these ways is, ironically, just ignoring the situation altogether.

You've taken the same approach with the spider vein you've spied on your upper thigh. Yes, you're far too busy to concern yourself with this one, annoying little spider vein, so that's that. However, it seems as if while you are determined to forget about it, your friends aren't.

You made the mistake of having a pool party soon after your spider vein discovery. You certainly weren't going to let a teeny four-inch (okay, you measured it, so what?) scraggly little vein spoil the bathing suit you had purchased especially for the occasion. Alas, the spider vein managed to ruin what was otherwise a perfectly nice party anyway. There you were, attempting to get some sun, when Great Aunt Rita comes and sits in the chair next to you. You silently cringe. Great Aunt Rita isn't really a person that you'd like to talk to. She always finds something to criticize.

This time, it just happens to your little vein problem. She shifts her large sunglasses up over her frizzy gray hair, and squints at your thigh. "What is that?" she asks. "Oh, it's nothing, just a little vein thing" you say. Good 'ol Rita doesn't listen to you, and starts yelling about how you really should have that looked at. After all, your leg could fall off! Then, she notices that there's a new bucket of wine coolers on the patio, and toddles off.

You think about continuing to ignore the situation altogether, but you still have the shrill of (not so) Great Aunt Rita ringing in your ears. What if your leg could fall off? How the heck would you get a proper pedicure with just one leg?

That was the final straw. You simply have to make an appointment with your doctor to know once and for all. After the examination the doctor said...wait for it...you're fine and there's nothing to worry about. He then asked you if you come from a particularly "vein" family. Haha, but seriously, genetics play a big part in getting these kinds of veins. If the vein hasn't bothered you thus far, it's best just to watch it, and if it starts bothering you, then that's the time to seek treatment.

Great Aunt Rita's shrill voice is now muffled in your great sigh of relief. At the next family party, you seek her out. She's lying in a lawn chair, trying to tan her already orange skin. You grin sinisterly as you sit down next to her. It turns out she has far more veins on her legs than you could have ever dreamed of. You tell her that really it's such a good thing she had warned you about your vein, because if it wasn't treated your leg would indeed have fallen off. Now, has she happened to have those veins looked at? If not, she really should...
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