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I take hypertensives. I notice that my hand veins at home are dilated but that they are not at all at MD's office. This a fight-or flight response?

I take hypertensives. I notice that my hand veins at home are dilated but that they are not at all at MD's office. This a fight-or flight response?

Swollen hand veins.: Hand veins can swell for many reasons but the most common is certainly hereditary. Other factors would be level of hydration, aging, sun exposure and loss of elasticity and volume. Actually, I am amazed at the amount of patients that I see with bulging hand veins. Your vein reaction may be due to a combination of temperature changes and anxiety reactions. ...Read more

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Veins (Definition)

Veins are thin walled vessels that carry deoxygenated blood ...Read more


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Can enalapril cause veins to be more visible? I can clearly see veins on my palm, before medication I couldn't. Other veins on my arm are not dilated.

Can enalapril cause veins to be more visible? I can clearly see veins on my palm, before medication I couldn't. Other veins on my arm are not dilated.

No: Veins are thin walled, low pressure structures. They fill and become engorged when they're below heart level and they collapse when held above heart level. Try this: raise your hand above your shoulders for 30 seconds and see if you still see your veins? Enalapril will dilate arterioles (small arteries), especially in your kidney. It has no effect on veins. ...Read more

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When I stand and keep my arms down my left palm turns red and veins dilated along the arm. Can it be a sign of obstruction? V-tos in right arm already

When I stand and keep my arms down my left palm turns red and veins dilated along the arm. Can it be a sign of obstruction? V-tos in right arm already

Dilated veins: Veins normally dilate when the arms are down. If the veins remain dilated with the arm held up at shoulder level it would suggest an obstruction from clot or scar tissue perhaps. ...Read more

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I felt pain in my left hand I could see the vein bulging out. It 's warm and looks like it is starting to swell up. Should I be concernedShould?

I felt pain in my left hand I could see the vein bulging out. It 's warm and looks like it is starting to swell up. Should I be concernedShould?

Yes: If this an infection causing the swelling or if there is a clot in a vein you should be evaluated by a physician. Acute arthritis is another possibility. Don't delay especially if redness develops as hand infections should be treated early. ...Read more

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Why could vein in hand can pain?

Why could vein in hand can pain?

Clot: Trauma, infection, blood draw, clot from bruising can all occur. ...Read more

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Why are the veins of my hands are so visible?

Why are the veins of my hands are so visible?

Loss of fat: Over the years, the subcutaneous fat in our body naturally atrophies. Think of the difference between the cheeks of a chubby baby and a 90 year old man. This is also true in the hands. Some physicians can perform sclerotherapy or ablation of hand veins to make them less noticeable - make sure to go to a vein specialist or phlebologist. ...Read more

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The my veins are so prominent in my hands. What causes this?

The my veins are so prominent in my hands. What causes this?

Normal: Prominent veins in hand and feet usually belong to the deep venous system and unless associated with gross varies do not require treatment and cause no problems. ...Read more

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Why only sometimes I notice the veins of the back of my hands are more visible and enlarged looking? I'm only in my 20's.

Why only sometimes I notice the veins of the back of my hands are more visible and enlarged looking? I'm only in my 20's.

Swollen hand veins.: Hand veins can swell for many reasons but the most common is certainly hereditary. Other factors would be level of hydration, aging, sun exposure and loss of elasticity and volume. Actually, I am amazed at the amount of women that I see with bulging hand veins. They can be easily treated with laser or sclerotherapy and usually a combination of both. ...Read more

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Why are the veins in my hands bursting? What causes this?

Why are the veins in my hands bursting? What causes this?

Weakened vein walls: It is normal for hand veins to become thinner (and therefore more prone to bruising marks, i.e."bursting") as you age. The skin overlying the hand veins also thins rather dramatically with older age, making the veins more prone to bruising w/ mild trauma. Blood thinners, such as Aspirin or plavix, (clopidogrel) increases the incidence of this. I expect the veins are not "diseased" and should not be treated. ...Read more

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'i have a lump in vein on my hand?

'i have a lump in vein on my hand?

Ganglion?: The most common hard lumps found in the hand are not clots but rather ganglion cysts which originate from joints especially around the junction of the wrist and hand. These cysts have a jel like substance and frequently require surgery for removal. Clots in the hand veins are usually the result of trauma. You may want to see a hand surgeon or vein specialist. ...Read more

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Bulging veins on top of hands cause?

Bulging veins on top of hands cause?

Swollen hand veins.: Hand veins can swell for many reasons but the most common is certainly hereditary. Other factors would be level of hydration, aging, sun exposure and loss of elasticity and volume. Actually, I am amazed at the amount of women that I see with bulging hand veins. They can be easily treated with laser or sclerotherapy and usually a combination of both. ...Read more

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Why are my veins so noticeable in my hands knees?

Anatomy: There is less fat under the skin in these areas. ...Read more

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Unslightly bulging veins on hands-what's the cause?

Unslightly bulging veins on hands-what's the cause?

Probably normal: Usually, these are just normal veins. If they shrink when the hand is raised, don't hurt, & are soft, there is most likely no problem. If there is swelling of the arm, pain, redness, or the veins are firm, further evaluation should be done for clot or infection. They can be treated with sclerotherapy to improve appearance if desired. ...Read more

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What could cause severe hand pain and vein swelling?

What could cause severe hand pain and vein swelling?

Lots of things: Most important, if the pulses are not as strong as normal on both sides of the involved wrist, or the hand is very blue, seek immediate care (vascular emergency). Someone else can give you a full list of possible causes. ...Read more

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Prominent veins in hand, what to do? Is this serious?

Prominent veins in hand, what to do? Is this serious?

Swollen hand veins.: Hand veins can swell for many reasons but the most common is certainly hereditary. Other factors would be level of hydration, aging, sun exposure and loss of elasticity and volume. Actually, I am amazed at the amount of women that I see with bulging hand veins. They can be easily treated with laser or sclerotherapy and usually a combination of both. ...Read more

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Why do I have so many popping blue veins on my hands?

Why do I have so many popping blue veins on my hands?

Loss of fat: Over the years, the subcutaneous fat in our body naturally atrophies. Think of the difference between the cheeks of a chubby baby and a 90 year old man. This is also true in the hands. Some physicians can perform sclerotherapy or ablation of hand veins to make them less noticeable - make sure to go to a vein specialist or phlebologist. ...Read more

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Can not seeing your veins in your hand mean dehydration?

Can not seeing your veins in your hand mean dehydration?

Sometimes: Hand veins normally become more prominent when they are held down below your heart and less prominent when they are raised above your heart. Other causes of decrease size of hand veins could be dehydration but it can also be due to temperature changes, genetics and levels of exertion. ...Read more

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Is it serious if I have blue veins on the palms of my hands?

Is it serious if I have blue veins on the palms of my hands?

Normal finding: Veins appearing on the top of the hand or on the palms of the hands are common findings and are not anything serious. Veins can enlarge and decrease for many reasons including level of hydration, temperature, exercise and genetics. ...Read more

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What can I do or eat to stop this bulging of veins on my hand?

What can I do or eat to stop this bulging of veins on my hand?

Cream: Keep your hand elevated, apply pressure wrapping, that will drain the blood out of the vein and make it less prominent.
If not better, see a doctor for possible injection to destroy the vein. ...Read more

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How can I minimize my huge veins in my hands before my wedding?

How can I minimize my huge veins in my hands before my wedding?

A couple of ways: You can either shrink the veins or fill in the tissue around the veins. Sclerotherapy will shrink the veins and generally gives lasting results for at least a couple of years. You would want to see a vein specialist to get this done. Dermal fillers can raise the tissue around the veins and make them less apparent. The results are generally quicker to be apparent but don't last as long. ...Read more

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Cold, enlarged, and painful veins on top of my hand, what to do?

Cold, enlarged, and painful veins on top of my hand, what to do?

Thrombophlebitis: Sounds like what you have, which means clot in superficial veins. Please see a physician for it. Typical treatment is Ibuprofen and warm compresses. ...Read more

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What do you recommend if I have a lump above my vein on my hand?

What do you recommend if I have a lump above my vein on my hand?

Ganglion: One of the most common "lumps" at the level of the wrist and hand is called a ganglion which is a cyst of the joint. The most common location is on top of the wrist below the thumb. Other things can cause this such as a hematoma or a clot in a vein in this area. You should be evaluated by a hand specialist. ...Read more

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Any ideas why is it that I have really prominent veins in my hands?

Any ideas why is it that I have really prominent veins in my hands?

Swollen hand veins.: Hand veins can swell for many reasons but the most common is certainly hereditary. Other factors would be level of hydration, aging, sun exposure and loss of elasticity and volume. Actually, I am amazed at the amount of women that I see with bulging hand veins. They can be easily treated with laser or sclerotherapy and usually a combination of both. ...Read more

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I'm having dark blue bulging veins on my hands all of a sudden today.

I'm having dark blue bulging veins on my hands all of a sudden today.

Possible causes:: Increased fluid intake, increased body temperature, new medications, increased exercise. ...Read more

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How to get rid of obvious veins on your hands and how to prevent them?

How to get rid of obvious veins on your hands and how to prevent them?

A few possibilities: Sclerotherapy works very well for treating hand veins. They can also be treated by a simple minor operation called phlebectomy. They can also be treated by injecting dermal fillers to fill up the skin around the veins and hide the veins that way. This is the least permanent of the three but it doesn't actually touch your veins. Prevention isn't possible as age makes visible hand veins inevitable. ...Read more

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Can there be some way to relieve enlarged veins in the hands and feet?

Compression: You can wear both compression stockings/socks and compression gloves. They may relieve symptoms related to the enlarged veins. Elevating your legs and decreasing salt intake may help as well. ...Read more

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If you cut your knuckles or the top of your hand would it cut your vein?

If you cut your knuckles or the top of your hand would it cut your vein?

Yes: There are microscopic capillary veins all over your skin. These bleed whenever you get a cut (doctors might call this capillary ooze). If you have prominent hand veins, these can get cut and bleed just like any other vein. If this happens, hold your hand above the level of your heart to slow bleeding and apply pressure. ...Read more