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What Is a Spider Naevus?

A small painless, bright red spot on the face, body and legs with thin red 'legs' (blood vessels) coming from it, making it look rather like a spider.

  • They may last weeks, months or years.
  • The spot is a little-understood development from superficial blood vessels (capillaries).
  • The spots may develop in pregnancy.
  • They may occur as part of a general liver disorder.
Treatment in the home
  • None.
When to consult the doctor
  • If the spots cause anxiety.
What the doctor may do
  • Arrange for blood tests if a liver disorder is suspected.
  • Not possible.
  • Spider naevuses do not cause disfigurement.
  • They disappear after pregnancy.

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