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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What is cure for visible leg veins?

What is cure for visible leg veins?

Close leaking valves: Varicose veins are a result of malfunctioning valves usually in the saphenous system. The first step in treatment would be to obtain a venous reflux ultrasound to make the diagnosis and help plan treatment which could be laser or radiofreqency closure of the valves usually with microphlebectomies and possible sclerotherapy or ultrasound directed sclerotherapy. You should see a vein specialist. ...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?

Veins are common.: Both varicose and spider veins are very common and there are reports that 30 to 40 percent of the population may have some form of vein problems. There are varying degrees of vein issues from minor spider veins to extensive varicose veins, venous ulcers and even clots. See a vein specialist for a venous evaluation. ...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?

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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Can you tell me if it's dangerous to take a blood sample from the superficial leg veins?

Can you tell me if it's dangerous to take a blood sample from the superficial leg veins?

Should be safe.: Blood drawing is usually done from hand and arm veins because it is technically easier and more accessible. There are occasions when blood is drawn from both superficial or deep leg veins but these carry a higher risk of potential complications especially phlebitis (superficial or deep). As a precaution, blood is only drawn from the leg veins if no hand veins are available. ...Read more

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How can you get rid of bulging leg veins?

How can you get rid of bulging leg veins?

Depends on severity: If by bulging veins you mean varicosities you can help with support hose, elevating your legs when sitting and working on weight loss if overweight. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me is visible leg veins a side effect of anorexia?

Can anyone tell me is visible leg veins a side effect of anorexia?

Probably.: Veins can enlarge and shrink for many reasons most commonly levels of hydration, genetics, aging, sun exposure, temperature changes and even skin color being more prominent in fair skinned people. In anorexia you loose body fat and because you are so thin, the veins become more prominent and easily seen since they are not covered by fatty tissue. ...Read more

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Could diti scanning show blood clots in leg veins?

Could diti scanning show blood clots in leg veins?

Not reliably: DITI imaging is primarily used for breast imaging. It would not be diagnostic for evaluation of lower extremity blood clots. ...Read more

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What does a blood clot feel like in you leg veins?

What does a blood clot feel like in you leg veins?

Pain, tenderness.: Pain and/or tenderness in the leg along the path of the involved vein that can be accompanied by redness, and edema (swelling). ...Read more

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I have a vein in my left leg that hurts. It is becoming larger and protruding. This vain is on my left leg above my knee on the outside of my leg. Is there a major artery there?

Seems like vein.: What you are describing appears to be a varicose vein. There are no major arteries in that location and under the skin. Varicose veins do occur in this area and are usually due to malfunctioning valves in either the saphenous vein or anterior accessory saphenous vein. A venous reflux ultrasound would make the diagnosis and help to formulate a treatment plan. ...Read more

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I had an ultrasound showing only reflux of the leg veins, both legs. I wear compression with little relief. Is there any hope for my condition?

I had an ultrasound showing only reflux of the leg veins, both legs. I wear compression with little relief. Is there any hope for my condition?

Venous Reflux: Malfunctioning of the valves in the venous system can lead to reflux (blood going backwards). This can lead to increased venous pressure and then symptoms of aching, cramping, swelling and pain as well as varicose veins. If support hose does not help then you may need to consider a venous closure procedure. See a vein specialist for a full venous evaluation. ...Read more

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Two protruding dots on anterior lower leg. They stick out more when flexing leg. Is this common of varicose veins, aneurism, or myofascial hernia?

Two protruding dots on anterior lower leg. They stick out more when flexing leg. Is this common of varicose veins, aneurism, or myofascial hernia?

All possible: All of what you mentioned is possible, along with skin lesions, or more likely cysts under the skin. Best to have them examined by our primary care provider at their next available visit. Hope this helps! ...Read more