What are reticular and spider veins?Reticular and spider veins are used to describe the red or blue colored short, jagged lines just under the skin that appear linear, branch-like or may look like a spider. Although spider veins are not usually symptomatic, the accompanying reticular veins, found deeper in the skin, often cause discomfort. Reticular veins are also referred to as "feeder" veins.
A number of factors predispose a person to spider veins. These include:
What are the consequences of reticular and spider veins?
Spider veins are rarely a serious health problem, but they can cause uncomfortable feelings in the legs such as itching or burning. Less often, spider veins can be a sign of blood backup deeper inside the leg that cannot be seen under the skin.