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Suggest treatment for spider veins on neck and chest

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Posted on Mon, 18 Jan 2016
Question: Hi what can I take or pills to get rid of red spider veins on my neck and chest. I'm a man 39 years old.
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Answered by Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Treatment is sclerotherapy or Vbeam laser

Detailed Answer:
Hello and welcome,

Yes, these are spider veins. As you are not obese, the most common cause of these is hereditary and ultraviolet (sun) exposure in the past. The standard treatment is either sclerotherapy or Pulsed XXXXXXX (V bean) dermatological laser. You can call around to dermatologist's offices and see if the particular practitioner does these treatments or refers out to a different dermatologist.

In terms of what you can take, while Vitamin C will likely not make them go away, it will strengthen the blood vessel wall and that might help.

I hope this information helps.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh (1 hour later)
Hi thanks for answering my question. Will Vitamin K help them go away?
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Answered by Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh (3 hours later)
Brief Answer:
There aren't studies to show that a certain dose will make them go away.

Detailed Answer:
There is some preliminary research on Vitamin K, in particular Vitamin K2, that shows some promise. It appears that a deficiency of Vitamin K may be associated with varicose veins. But whether supplemental Vitamin K would treat spider veins, and the dose that would be required, is not yet determined. At least not in any of the sources I looked at.

Still, if you want to try, you might try eating more fermented foods such as fermented soy (Natto) or other fermented foods that are high in Vitamin K. But increase these in moderation as with everything.

If you want to know more specifically about Vitamin K and spider veins, I've seen that a nutritionist sometimes answers questions on this site. If you have a month's subscription for asking all the questions you want, go ahead and close our discussion and repost a question with the words "For Nutritionist Only" at the beginning of your first line. I don't know how often she is on the site to answer questions, so it might be a bit of a wait, but she might be able to tell you more information about Vitamin K and spider veins and if there is a dose she would suggest.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Suggest treatment for spider veins on neck and chest

Brief Answer: Treatment is sclerotherapy or Vbeam laser Detailed Answer: Hello and welcome, Yes, these are spider veins. As you are not obese, the most common cause of these is hereditary and ultraviolet (sun) exposure in the past. The standard treatment is either sclerotherapy or Pulsed XXXXXXX (V bean) dermatological laser. You can call around to dermatologist's offices and see if the particular practitioner does these treatments or refers out to a different dermatologist. In terms of what you can take, while Vitamin C will likely not make them go away, it will strengthen the blood vessel wall and that might help. I hope this information helps.