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Is it unhealthy for a teenager to have visible veins in their legs?

Is it unhealthy for a teenager to have visible veins in their legs?

Sometimes: Teenagers can have varicose veins which can cause other symptoms such as pain, aching, heaviness and fatigue in the legs. Venous insufficiency can also cause cramping, restless legs syndrome and even skin changes in the lower extremities such as eczema. ...Read more

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Veins (Definition)

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


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I'm a female teenager and keeping getting thin purple spider veins on body, such as legs, back of my neck, arms how can I stop them? What's causing them?

I'm a female teenager and keeping getting thin purple spider veins on body, such as legs, back of my neck, arms how can I stop them? What's causing them?

Genes: There is probably not alot you can do to prevent these. They probably are due to a genetic predisposition. You may want to seek a medical consultation from a dermatologist to exclude any possible medical conditions (improbable). Laser or ultasound guided sclerotherapy may provide eradication of some of these lesions but they are likely to recur and require repeat treatments. ...Read more

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Is it normal for teenagers to have dark veins on their legs?

Is it normal for teenagers to have dark veins on their legs?

VEINS: Are usually dark in color as the blood in the veins has given up the oxygen, the reason for a darker color. Obviously, if one has problems with the heart, lungs, etc. Will make the blood even darker. See a physician if your blood in the veins is unusually dark in color or you have symptoms such as shortness of breath... ...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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Slightly visible blue vein on my leg. Is this a varicose vein?

Slightly visible blue vein on my leg. Is this a varicose vein?

Maybe: A vein like this can be a varicose vein or it may just be a prominent vein that is close to the skin. ...Read more

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I'm Asian, fair skinned, and the veins on my legs (upper and lower) are quite visible and quite green. I don't exercise often. Please help! Thanks.

I'm Asian, fair skinned, and the veins on my legs (upper and lower) are quite visible and quite green. I don't exercise often. Please help! Thanks.

Nothing to do: Henry, the fact that you can see your veins is due to your fair skin. Nothing can really be done about this, however it isn't harmful. If you experience pain or swelling, see your doctor. ...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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Can it be normal to have very visible veins all over my body? Especially on my legs? I'm only 35. I am thin, pale, and just 97 lbs.

Can it be normal to have very visible veins all over my body? Especially on my legs? I'm only 35. I am thin, pale, and just 97 lbs.

Yes: Some people have very visible veins while others have deeper, less obvious ones. The latter group are more difficult to insert iv's or draw blood specimens from. ...Read more

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My veins on my legs and feet have become much more visible than I've seen them. Is this normal? I have gained some weight could this be why?

My veins on my legs and feet have become much more visible than I've seen them. Is this normal? I have gained some weight could this be why?

No.: The veins in your legs did not cause your weight gain. They might get worse with weight gain, however. See a phlebologist or vein specialist to have them dealt with. Phlebology. Org for referrals. ...Read more

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Pain behind r knee for a month, worsens after extending leg/sitting and veins there are really visible. Could this be from my lupus or something else?

Pain behind r knee for a month, worsens after extending leg/sitting and veins there are really visible. Could this be from my lupus or something else?

Not lupus: No it can't be lupus but it is obviously an issue with the knee or its supporting structures. The simple answer is to have the knee evaluated and then you will know. ...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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Foot numbness + leg pain + new visible vein. What does that indicate?

Foot numbness + leg pain + new visible vein. What does that indicate?

See MD: Those signs and symptoms by themselves are fairly nonspecific. Even when when they occur together they do not point to a single diagnosis.

If your pmd cannot treat this I would suggest that you be seen by an orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon. One in your area can be found at www. Aofas. Org. ...Read more

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I'm 19, 147.71lbs and my veins of the arm and legs are displayed. Legs sometimes yes sometimes no, how can I make veins less visible in my arms ad legs?

Cannot easily: Your genetic makeup results in the prominent display of veins in your extremities. Pumping iron, working out tend to make them more pronounced. Gaining weight will "hide" them with underlying fat. Spray tan may hide them temporarily. Check out www. Phlebology. Org, and see phlebologist in your area who can properly evaluate your veins and advise you accordingly. ...Read more

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Why do I have easily visible veins on my arms, legs, and breasts?

Why do I have easily visible veins on my arms, legs, and breasts?

Vein prominence: Weight gain and or heavy exercise can make veins more prominent, but most is due to genetic predisposition, i.e., variation between individuals. This is not other than a cosmetic situation, although new techniques in vein sclerosing can improve this condition. ...Read more

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How do I tell if I have a blood clot in my leg? My leg itches and is warm. There is a little pain, but not much. No veins visible.

How do I tell if I have a blood clot in my leg? My leg itches and is warm. There is a little pain, but not much. No veins visible.

See doctor: To be sure, you need an ultrasound of the leg which is non-invasive and fairly quick. Some of the signs of a clot are if it's warm, red, or swollen. ...Read more

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My veins are suddenly very visible, especially in my arms and legs. It seems to have happened overnight. Is this something to be concerned about?

My veins are suddenly very visible, especially in my arms and legs. It seems to have happened overnight. Is this something to be concerned about?

Check blood pressure: If higher than 140/90 consistantly or most times could be this, or higher blood volume from menstrual time and fluid retention or other, get your labs checked including tsh[thyroid] if overweight lose weight. never smoke, have a doctor see this best ...Read more

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Is there any reason as to why my veins are so visible? (you can see them through my arms and legs and they are very vibrant)

Is there any reason as to why my veins are so visible? (you can see them through my arms and legs and they are very vibrant)

Depends: It depends on many factors. The veins in your arms may be more visible at certain times versus other times. The leg veins could be secondary to venous insufficiency. However, you are 16 years old and this is highly unlikely. If you are very thin that could be another reason why. ...Read more

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Seemingly overnight, my veins have become very visible in my legs, arms and chest. Is this something to be concerned about? 31/f, 108 lbs, normal bp

Seemingly overnight, my veins have become very visible in my legs, arms and chest. Is this something to be concerned about? 31/f, 108 lbs, normal bp

?: Veins are thin-walled, low pressure structures that fill when gravity allows it (when in a dependent position) and collapse and become less visible when placed above the level of the heart. Dilated veins on the legs and arms, when below the heart, are normal but not on the chest in a 31 yo thin woman. Perhaps you've just noticed them, but if not, you should be examined. ...Read more

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Why are my veins so prominent all of a sudden? I can clearly trace the veins on my hand, wrist, legs, and chest. Can I make them less visible?

Depends: In fair skinned people veins can be very visible. If they are not bulging unlikely that you will need to worry about them. Bulging veins can be removed if they are causing pain. ...Read more

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3 rounds leg sclerotherapy, veins recur within 6 months, leg pinching/discomfort, newly visible arm and chest veins & arm weakness, need ultrasound?

3 rounds leg sclerotherapy, veins recur within 6 months, leg pinching/discomfort, newly visible arm and chest veins & arm weakness, need ultrasound?

At least!: Need an ultrasound and echo of heart at a minimum as well as possible evaluation of blood and clotting system by blood tests. May want to talk to vein doctor as Ct angiography may be more revealing. Do not wait on this! ...Read more

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Took 20mg of ritalin (methylphenidate) and the veins in my arms and legs are more visible. No other symptoms. Is this normal? Or could it be from the summer temp?

Took 20mg of ritalin (methylphenidate) and the veins in my arms and legs are more visible. No other symptoms. Is this normal? Or could it be from the summer temp?

Ritalin (methylphenidate): Ritalin (methylphenidate) may increase your heart rate and blood pressure, although the veins in your arms and legs are most likely to be engorged if you are retaining fluids in your system, or there is a cardiac failure. You deserve a thorough cardiac evaluation before starting stimulants, and each year thereafter. Please ask your doctor to order an ekg and routine blood work and urinalysis to be safe. ...Read more

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Are very visible veins on my forearms, legs, and chest a sign of a blood clot or aneurysm somewhere in my body?

Are very visible veins on my forearms, legs, and chest a sign of a blood clot or aneurysm somewhere in my body?

Vascular surgeon: Some people have very prominent, superficial veins while others have deep ones. I doubt that you have any blood clots or arterial aneurysms. If you still have concerns, consult a vascular surgeon for evaluation and advice. ...Read more

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Leg pain x1 week hard to pinpoint where sometimes calf sometimes back of thigh. No redness or swelling. Visible vein on inside back knee. DVT?

Leg pain x1 week hard to pinpoint where sometimes calf sometimes back of thigh. No redness or swelling. Visible vein on inside back knee. DVT?

Leg pain: Can not rule out - any risk factors such as prolonged plane or car rides or recent surgery. Any history of prior clots.
Could also be baker's cyst back of knee - check for swelling in the back of the knee.

If continues - should get evaluated especially if your leg begins to swell ...Read more

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Doc. .. Blue veins are getting visible in my lower legs day by day. I also hav lichen planus. N the medication process is on. Is tat becuse of it. Help?

Doc. .. Blue veins are getting visible in my lower legs day by day. I also hav lichen planus. N the medication process is on. Is tat becuse of it. Help?

Multiple reasons: Veins return blood back to the heart and can carry a large volume of blood. Depending on many factors including levels of hydration, genetics, outside temperature and even physical activity, the size of the veins will vary. Another important function of the veins is to help control body temperature and this too will affect vein size. Bulging veins, however, are not normal. See a vein specialist. ...Read more

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I have pale skin, and my legs sometimes turn light purple and my veins are visible, while my knees turn a dark purple/blue color. No pain and not cold?

I have pale skin, and my legs sometimes turn light purple and my veins are visible, while my knees turn a dark purple/blue color. No pain and not cold?

Get a medcheckup: If you have discoloration of your skin, it can be a circulatory problem caused by conditions like Raynaud's disease (although cold temp is what is commonly responsible to bring out these changed in the case of Raynauds.
Still a physical exam and blood tests including CBC and serum proteins should be checked. ...Read more

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Tiny red dots & lots of new visible blue & purple veins appeared on my arms and legs. Noticed today, Had blood work recently-normal. Something serious?

Tiny red dots & lots of new visible blue & purple veins appeared on my arms and legs. Noticed today, Had blood work recently-normal. Something serious?

Probably not.: The purple veins are most likely a condition called livido reticularis. This Is a benign condition seen more during the winter (cold)
The red dots combined with the livido suggest a vasculitic (inflammation of the small vessel) this can be seen in viral infections (self limited) or connective tissue diseases such as cryoglobulonemia or antiphospholipid syndrome. Consult rheumatolgy if persists. ...Read more

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Bothy legs have aching pain in the thigh and calf. No tenderness or swelling is present and no visible veins. It's day two and Otc meds don't help?

Bothy legs have aching pain in the thigh and calf. No tenderness or swelling is present and no visible veins. It's day two and Otc meds don't help?

NEED MORE INFO: WHEN OR WHY DID IT START, WHAT MAKES IT LESS AND WHAT MAKES IT MORE? (ex does it increase with ambulation)' IF it PERSISTS OR WORSENS OVER NEXT SEVERAL DAYS YOU SHOULD BE SEEN BY A DR ...Read more

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23 pain cold in both legs dull, happens often no visible swelling spider veins since young. Not likely a blood clot in leg right if both legs ache?

23 pain cold in both legs dull, happens often no visible swelling spider veins since young. Not likely a blood clot in leg right if both legs ache?

Not likely a clot: Emily, if your legs have been having this dull pain for years, and it's on both sides, it's very unlikely to be a blood clot. However, the fact that they hurt and feel cold should lead you to have a family doctor check you in person at some point in the near future. ...Read more