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What you need to know about spider naevi

What you need to know about spider naevi

January 11, 2016

What you need to know about spider naevi

Experts at Dr Newmans Clinic say that they are common in both adults and children, especially those more active children.

Spider naevi are characterised by a small red dot with tiny thread veins coming out of it. Typically found on the face, hands and shoulders, spider naevi can suddenly appear overnight and although the causes are not always known, they can sometimes appear as a result of a build-up of pressure.

There are a variety of other reasons for spider naevi occurring in adults, including too much sun exposure, changes in hormones or pregnancy. The delicate veins can also be indicative of an underlying illness such as liver disease.

Spider naevi are very common, and affect at least one in ten healthy adults. According to The British Association of Dermatologists, they are even more common in children.

Treatment to remove spider naevi is usually unnecessary, as most will disappear on their own in time.

However if you are concerned about them, Thermocogulation – microwave technology – will destroy them quickly and painlessly, leaving minimal scarring and requiring minimal downtime.

Dr Newmans Clinic asks patients under the age of 18 to wait a minimum of six months before seeking treatment, as it is often likely that the veins will disappear of their own accord in younger patients.

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