Any relationship between thyroid disorders or the medication to treat thyroid disorders and spider veins/broken capillaries?

Doctor Answers 5

Check for underlying insuffiency

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There isn't a known correlation between thyroid disorders & spider veins. Venous insufficiency can cause spider veins, due to backed up blood or they can simply be genetic in origin. I would suggest scheduling a vein screening appointment to have a treatment plan individualized and to see if there is underlying insufficiency. 

Thyroid disorders and venous disease

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Thyroid disease is not known to cause spider veins, reticular veins, varicose veins or venous insufficiency and a PubMed search done on 1-7-2017 does not show any results. However, this does not mean that inflammatory processes in the body, like thyroiditis, does not accelerate inflammatory venous disease. 

I would wear compression stockings and I recommend microfiber graduated 20-30 mm Hg knee high or thigh high stockings from VenaSmart. 

Hratch L Karamanoukian MD FACS 

certified vein specialist (ABVLM) 

Los Angeles vein expert

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There is a definite interplay between thyroid disease and the metabolism of the body. I am not familiar with direct links, but there may be indirect ones. Read more about risk factors on our site. 


Dr. Karamanoukian

Los Angeles vein expert

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 95 reviews

No relationship

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There is no obvious relationship between thyroid disease and spider veins.  Spider veins develop due to reflux in adjacent superficial veins.

Aaron Shiloh, MD
Philadelphia Physician
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Spider veins

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There should be no relationship between thyroid disorders and the development of spider veins.

Jeffrey Gosin, MD, FACS
Atlantic City Vascular Surgeon
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