Spider Veins Specialist

Obinna Nwobi, MD -  - Vascular Surgeon

Vein Health Clinics

Obinna Nwobi, MD

Vascular Surgeon located in Oviedo, FL & Winter Haven, FL

An estimated 80 million Americans have spider veins, varicose veins, or both. While spider veins may be common, that doesn’t mean you have to live with them. As a leading Central Florida vascular surgeon, Obinna Nwobi, MD, treats spider veins for countless men and women. Dr. Nwobi and his caring team at Vein Health Clinics in Oviedo and Winter Haven, Florida, are dedicated to finding a solution to get rid of your spider veins for good.

Spider Veins Q & A

by Obinna Nwobi, MD

Why do I have spider veins?

Spider veins stem from damaged or weakened valves in your veins. When working correctly, valves open up so blood can leave your veins. But when pressure builds up and your veins swell, blood pools and creates spider veins.

Spider veins sometimes occur due to years of either being sedentary or standing for extended periods. Other factors that may increase your risk of spider veins include:

  • Older age (over 50)
  • Family history
  • Birth control pills
  • Pregnancy or menopause
  • Tight clothing
  • Excess body weight

If you’re fair-skinned, you’re more likely to have spider veins. Your chance also goes up if you regularly suffer from constipation, since you may strain and damage blood vessels while using the restroom.

Are spider veins a health concern?

Not generally, although if you start noticing spider veins, you need to have them checked out to ensure you don’t have an underlying circulatory problem.

Sometimes spider veins are painful or cause inflammation. While these types of spider veins aren’t necessarily a significant health concern than ones that don’t cause discomfort, if they’re impacting your sleep or causing you to miss out on enjoyable activities, you need to have them treated.

Can I prevent spider veins?

If you’re prone to getting spider veins because of genetics or hormonal fluctuations, you probably won’t be able to prevent them. In some cases, you might be able to avoid spider veins by:

  • Not crossing your legs while sitting
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Exercising regularly
  • Elevating your legs several times a day
  • Avoiding high-heeled shoes

Talk with Dr. Nwobi about all of your medications, too — even over-the-counter varieties and dietary supplements. Certain medications, including birth control pills, could increase your risk of spider veins.

How can I get rid of spider veins?

For minor spider veins, you can usually start with some at-home care with Dr. Nwobi’s guidance. That can include:

  • Wearing compression socks
  • Taking breaks from standing or sitting
  • Learning special exercises

If needed, Dr. Nwobi can perform an in-office sclerotherapy or laser radiofrequency treatment to get rid of your spider veins.

Vein Health Clinics offers flexible scheduling for spider vein treatments. Book your appointment online or call the office to schedule.