Spider veins and varicose veins are a common disease
You will find detailed information in our vein dictionary
Reticular varicose veins
Small varicose veins in the skin, with a diameter of 1-3 mm; they are slightly larger than spider veins and often occur together with them.
They tend to form fan-like or net-like patterns and are often found on the sides of the upper and lower leg. They are usually bluish in colour and can be seen clearly. Many people find them cosmetically unattractive.
Very pronounced reticular varicose veins, in particular, may cause physical symptoms and they may be the first signs of venous insufficiency that will become steadily worse with time. Go and see your general practitioner or a vein specialist (phlebologist) if you find that you have any reticular varicose veins.
Sclerotherapy is one method that can be used to treat reticular veins safely and effectively.