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I have a vein in my left antecubital space that has a large knot in it and is painful and burning. How concerned should I be?
The most common: cause of clots in the veins under the skin surface is injury, blood drawing being the most common cause in the antecubital area. These clots aren't dangerous in & of themselves, but they may indicate potential for clotting in the deep veins. Treatment includes moist heat, OTC pain meds & time. No hurry, but you should follow up with your doctor about this unless you just had blood drawn. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
1wk after 10 blood draws w venflon in antecubital space after extreme tourniquet, veins right under armpit hurt a lot not constantly no redness. Why?
Veinous inflammation: The antecubital vein which was probably the target of the blood draw runs up towards the armpit where it joins other veins. You may have had a small blood clot where the needle was placed that then traveled up to your armpit. It will dissolve on its own. Or the pressure on the vein from the repeated tourniquet may have stretched and inflamed it. Ouch. Very sorry about your ordeal. ...Read more
connective tissue: Veins (in the hands, especially) tend to be fixed only at branching points. Tough connective tissue holding them in one place is only present in certain anatomical locations. In the rest of the hand and arms, the veins may "roll" or move through the tissue plane they are in. This is totally normal. ...Read more
You bleed: Although some bleeding is usual after a traumatic puncture or laceration, the way to identify if you damaged a big vessel is by the amount of bleeding and the difficulty in stopping the bleeding. If you damaged a vein you would see that blood flow is continuous while if you damaged an artery the blood flow would be pulsatile. ...Read more
Phlebitis: An inflamed vein is another name for superficial phlebitis. This can occur for many reasons but is commonly due to IV insertions, medications and even sclerotherapy. The vein becomes tender and hard. Initial treatment is with warm compresses, and anti-inflammlatories. If this doesn't resolve it, then evacuation or even local excision of the vein can be done but usually at a later time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Black and blue.: If a vein is damaged from trauma, usually you will see discoloration of the skin either immediately after the injury or several days later. This occurs from blood escaping from the vein and leaking into the skin. Initially this may be dark (black and blue) and over several days as the body absorbs the blood, the color changes to yellow and then resolves. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No flow: I assume you mean a vein that recently had a needle or iv. Veins may collapse or blow when fluid goes through them or blood is drawn from them. Phlebitis, inflammation of the vein, or a lumpy spot called a thrombosis may result. Neither is serious. Both are treated with warm compress and advil or tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain. ...Read more
Depends on cause: Varicose veins sometimes make veins 'pop' or become noticeable on the skin surface. These veins often look abnormally 'twisty' or like odd bulges on the skin surface. Sometimes veins bulge to help us regulate body temperature, like after exercise or when it is hot outside. And, sometimes they appear to 'pop' out because the person has less body fat or soft tissue - weight lifters are an example. ...Read more