Bulging Veins

Hamptons Vein & Vascular  -  - Phlebology

Hamptons Vein & Vascular

Phlebology located in Rutherford, NJ & Westfield, NJ

Bulging veins are most often associated with varicose veins, but that’s not the only reason you could have bulging veins. Hampton Vein & Vascular uses venous duplex ultrasound to evaluate bulging veins and develops an individualized treatment to eliminate bulging veins and prevent future complications. To schedule an appointment, call the Westfield or Rutherford, New Jersey, office location or use the online booking feature.

Bulging Veins Q & A

What causes a bulging vein?

Varicose veins most often cause veins that noticeably bulge out from the skin’s surface. However, you can also develop a bulging vein if you have phlebitis or thrombophlebitis in a vein that’s close to the skin’s surface. 

What should I know about bulging varicose veins?

Varicose veins occur when the valves in your veins don’t work normally. As a result, they allow blood to flow backward. As blood builds up just below the weakened valve, the vein enlarges, eventually bulging out from your skin.

Varicose veins may not cause symptoms, or they may lead to painful, tired, and swollen legs. Additionally, the poor circulation created by varicose veins increases pressure inside the vein, increasing your risk of problems such as blood clots and venous stasis ulcers.

What should I know about bulging veins due to phlebitis?

Phlebitis refers to an inflamed vein, while thrombophlebitis occurs when your vein is swollen due to a blood clot. When phlebitis develops in a vein near the surface, called superficial phlebitis, it’s usually caused by an injury or infection and you develop symptoms such as:

  • Warm skin
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness or pain
  • Red, thin line following the vein
  • Firm, bulging vein

Superficial phlebitis in your legs may be associated with varicose veins. However, if your leg is swollen, painful, and red without a bulging vein, you may have a blood clot in a deep leg vein, which is a serious condition called deep vein thrombosis.

How are bulging veins treated?

Before deciding how to treat your bulging vein, your Hampton Vein & Vascular provider may perform venous duplex ultrasound to evaluate the vein and determine if a blood clot is present.

Your treatment depends on the type of bulging vein:

Varicose veins

Hampton Vein & Vascular treats varicose veins using sclerotherapy or radiofrequency ablation. During sclerotherapy, your provider injects medication into the vein that makes the vein walls collapse. Then your body naturally absorbs the damaged tissues, and the vein disappears.

Radiofrequency works on a similar principle, using heat from radio waves to collapse the veins. During radiofrequency ablation, your provider guides a catheter through your veins to the targeted sclerosed vein, then sends out pulses of radiofrequency energy to close the vein.


Treatment for superficial phlebitis typically includes warm compresses, anti-inflammatory medications, and wearing compression stockings. If you have an infection, your provider may prescribe antibiotics. If you have a blood clot, you need blood-thinning medications.

To get medical help for bulging veins, call Hampton Vein & Vascular or schedule an appointment online.