Reticular veins are deep, dark veins forming bluish networks that crisscross the thighs and lower legs. They are most often noticed in the outer thigh, extending into the backs of the thighs and the knees. They typically measure 1-3mm in diameter.
Reticular veins are often accompanied by significant symptoms of local tenderness or burning and itching, which improve with treatment.
Reticular Veins are the cause of Spider Veins
Reticular veins are visible veins beneath the skin that do not usually protrude. These veins are also called feeder veins because they feed into spider veins. Reticular veins are smaller than varicose veins but larger than spider veins. Reticular veins are most commonly found on the legs and can occur in both men and women.
Consequently, treating reticular veins eliminates Spider Veins at the same time. If you’ve been treated for spider veins that continue to reappear, it’s likely because the reticular veins remain active and are delivering blood to the spider veins.
Unlike varicose and spider veins, reticular veins themselves are usually not painful and are only considered a cosmetic issue in most cases. Sometimes, the skin around the reticular veins may itch or burn, depending on the severity of the condition. This distinguishes them from spider veins, which rarely manifest themselves with noticeable symptoms.
Treatment of Reticular Veins
Reticular veins can be effectively treated with ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy, which involves inserting a tiny catheter into the vein and injecting a chemical irritant – either a liquid or a foam – that causes the vein walls to cling together, causing the vein to collapse.