Q. and A. with Dr. Kiskila- This Month’s Topic: Broken Capillaries

Dr. kiskila Question- Dr. Kiskila, what are broken capillaries?

Answer- Broken capillaries are tiny blood vessels that look like spider veins or tree branches when they are visible on the surface of the skin.


Question- What causes broken capillaries on the face and eyes?

Answer- Typically, trauma or injury causes capillaries to break, but thin or sensitive skin, old age, dehydration and some blood diseases have increased rick of broken capillaries.


Question- Are broken capillaries harmful or a medical issue?

Answer- Broken capillaries from trauma, injury, age, rubbing the face too hard, or from environmental factors like weather changes typically are not medically concerning or harmful. Broken capillaries from genetics, hormones or blood diseases could be concerning for some underlying medical conditions, but the broken capillaries themselves are not harmful. Sometimes they can be cosmetically unpleasant.


broken capillaries on the cheeks of a woman's faceQuestion- Do broken capillaries go away?

Answer- Broken capillaries from trauma or injury may resolve on their own, but some types of broken capillaries from age, thin skin, hormones or medical conditions may not go away.


Question- What is the treatment for broken capillaries?

Answer- Certain creams may help, and some medical procedures can resolve broken capillaries. It’s best to seek the advice of a trained medical professional for the best treatment options given your type of broken capillaries.


Question- How do I prevent getting broken capillaries?

Answer- Take care of your skin. Don’t wash too hard, avoid extreme temperature changes, sunburns and continue to keep your immune system healthy. Get regular medical checkups and blood tests as instructed by your doctor.



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