SYMPTOMS AND CAUSE OF SPIDER VEINS
These veins are a frequent cause of cosmetic discomfort in Arizona where the weather is warm and the legs are exposed. They usually are not a cause of symptoms beyond the cosmetic discomfort, but in some instances they are attended by itching, burning, heaviness, or fatigue in the legs. Some individuals worry that spider veins are the beginning of more advanced venous disease.
Occasionally superficial spider veins rupture and cause spontaneous bleeding (hemorrhage) that surprises and shocks the individual. These hemorrhages occur at sites where particularly delicate thin skin covers the spiders; this usually happens in the ankle or foot but can occur on the calf or even the thigh. In all instances except actual hemorrhage spiders are considered a cosmetic problem and are not covered by insurance policies, including Medicare.