Telangiectasias or “spider veins” are dilated/broken blood vessels located near the skin surface or the mucos membranes. Typically, they are seen as pink or red lines on the skin that will whiten when pressed. However, as harmful as they may be they may also be signs of Dematomyositis, scleroderma, or lupus. Causes of “spider veins” are a wide variety but will typically appear in fair skinned people with chronic sun damage.

Citation: Telangiectasia: Causes, Diagnosis, Prevention & Treatment. (n.d.). Retrieved October 31, 2020

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