Spider veins are superficial blood vessels that develop surface to the skin, which may be red, blue, or purple in appearance. Spider veins are frequently found on the legs and are considered a cosmetic problem.
Spider veins are usually asymptomatic, however they can cause itching, tingling, and discomfort. Treatments are available with sclerotherapy injections or laser. Since spider veins are primarily treated for cosmetic purposes, they are not a covered insurance benefit.