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Are Bulging Veins a Health Problem?

Are you self-conscious about your bulging veins? While many men and women have bulging veins, that doesn’t mean they can’t be a cause for embarrassment or avoiding short pants and skirts.

While these veins are unsightly, are they a sign of an underlying health problem? Dr. Rashmi Sharma and our compassionate care team at Hamptons Vein & Vascular are here to help. Our practice diagnoses and treats bulging veins for patients in Rutherford and Westfield, New Jersey.

Keep reading to learn more about bulging veins and whether they pose a health problem.

What causes bulging veins?

Most of the time, varicose veins are the cause of your bulging veins. When you have varicose veins, you may have one or more blue or purple veins that protrude noticeably from the skin’s surface. These veins may also appear ropey or twisted.

Varicose veins aren’t the only reason veins can bulge. Conditions like phlebitis and thrombophlebitis may also make a vein bulge. Phlebitis means a vein is inflamed while thrombophlebitis occurs when a blood clot causes a vein to swell. 

Should I be concerned about bulging veins?

While bulging veins themselves rarely cause symptoms that indicate you have an underlying health problem, the problems that cause veins to bulge can lead to life-threatening conditions if left untreated. 

Bulging varicose veins

Varicose veins result when the one-way valve that prevents backflow as your blood is pumped to your heart doesn’t work properly. With the valve not functioning, the blood pools in your vein.

These pools of blood make it more difficult for the muscles that squeeze the veins to push blood through, causing poor blood circulation. As a result, you may experience pain and swollen, tired legs.

The trouble with circulation also increases your risk of developing more serious conditions, like blood clots, chronic venous insufficiency, and venous stasis ulcers, which are hard-to-treat sores that form on your skin due to untreated varicose veins.

Phlebitis and bulging veins

Inflamed veins that occur near the surface of your skin are called superficial phlebitis. Phlebitis typically occurs after an infection or injury. In addition to a firm, bulging vein, it may cause swelling, tenderness or pain, skin that’s warm to the touch, and a red line that follows the vein. 

This condition can be associated with varicose veins. Sometimes a blood clot can develop in a deep leg vein, which may not lead to a bulging vein. If you have swelling, pain, and redness in your leg without a bulging vein, deep vein thrombosis may be the cause.       

What are my treatment options for bulging veins?

Your treatment options for bulging veins vary depending on the type of bulging vein you have. It’s important to schedule an appointment with a vein specialist, like ours at Hamptons Vein & Vascular, to have your bulging vein examined and diagnosed. 

Bulging varicose veins are typically treated using either sclerotherapy or radiofrequency ablation. With sclerotherapy, your provider injects medication into your vein that makes it collapse, while radiofrequency ablation uses radiofrequency energy to close the vein.

Phlebitis is treated with anti-inflammatory medications, wearing compression stockings, and applying warm compresses. Dr. Sharma may prescribe blood-thinning medications if she diagnoses a blood clot or antibiotics if you have an infection.  

Don’t wait to get help for your bulging veins. Contact us to schedule your appointment today!

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