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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Protruding Leg Veins

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I have protruding veins with knots in my left leg below the knee. It is now coming up back of leg with soreness. What causes this?

I have protruding veins with knots in my left leg below the knee.  It is now coming up back of leg with soreness.  What causes this?

Bad Veins: What you are describing are varicose veins with either areas of enlarged varicosities(look like grapes) or areas of superficial phlebitis(clotted veins), either way you should see a vein specialist for a full venous evaluation including a venous reflux ultrasound to make the diagnosis and help to determine the treatment plan. ...Read more

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To take to make the varicose leg veins less prominent?

To take to make the varicose leg veins less prominent?

It's doubtful: anything will have a significant impact on the size of varicose veins. Pycnogenol has some weak evidence that it may increase the strength and elasticity of varicose veins and it, along with other herbs/supplements may slightly improve symptoms. But, no supplement has ever been convincingly demonstrated to make varicose veins shrink. See a vein specialist if you want to eliminate them. ...Read more

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I have a protruding vein on my upper leg, it is bluish, whenever i excercise the area on and around it does not flush but stays white. Problem?

I have a protruding vein on my upper leg, it is bluish, whenever i excercise the area on and around it does not flush but stays white.  Problem?

Probably not.: With exercise veins tend to dilate (relax) to accompany increased blood flow, and to allow cooling. The surrounding tissue will not change much. If your observation is without symptoms, don't worry about it. ...Read more

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How common are abnormal and ugly leg veins?

How common are abnormal and ugly leg veins?

Very common: The best estimate is that about 25% of the adult population of the United States will develop varicose veins. Of these, varicose veins are nearly twice as likely to occur in women than men (35% vs 18%). They are also more likely to occur as you get older. By the time you are in your 70s, the risk is well over 50% for men and women. At least 80 million american adults have varicose veins. ...Read more

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Why have my leg veins suddenly become very visible?

Why have my leg veins suddenly become very visible?

Venous insufficinecy: Visible veins on the legs are usually the result of venous insufficiency. The insufficiency may be in the skin [resulting tiny spider veins], or below the surface of the skin [ causing tiny and varicose veins] or in deep veins. It is best to have this evaluated by a vein specialist, often with aid of an ultrasound to see how best to treat. Weight loss or fat loss also makes veins more visible. ...Read more

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Can a leg massage reduce the chance of clots forming in my leg veins?

Can a leg massage reduce the chance of clots forming in my leg veins?

Massage feels good: Leg massage certainly feels great and i encourage you to do it. It does help keep the circulation going. Scientifically speaking I do not know of any evidence saying that it truly lowers risk of clot formation. ...Read more

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What exercises are good for treating/ getting rid of prominent leg veins?

None: No specific exercise will get rid of varicose veins. Exercise to strengthen the calf muscles may delay progression of venous disease. ...Read more

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Is it okay to fly with pooled blood in the leg veins after sclerotherapy?

Is it okay to fly with pooled blood in the leg veins after sclerotherapy?

Not advised: Would wait at least a few weeks if possible, especially if larger varicose veins were treated. Although the risk of blood clots is low after sclerotherapy, there is still a small risk of this and you don't want to take any chances. When u do fly, make sure to wear your compression stockings, walk in the aisle during the flight, & do some calf raise exercises during longer flights. ...Read more

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