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Hi what causes green veins on the arm and its abit painful...it happened after I took blood test two days ago.

Hi what causes green veins on the arm and its abit painful...it happened after I took blood test two days ago.

Phlebitis: You may have developed a bruise at the blood draw site, or even a minor infection/inflammation like phlebitis. If it worsens, see the Dr. ...Read more

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A carton of juice fell on my left arm hurting my left arm&shoulder. I have noticed some green veins on my left breast &arm. Did the injury cause this?

A carton of juice fell on my left arm hurting my left arm&shoulder. I have noticed some green veins on my left breast &arm. Did the injury cause this?

Unlikely.: If that hand and forearm are swollen, it could be a rare vein injury. But it is very unlikely. Also, plants have green blood, ours is red but can appear blue in the superficial veins. Be sure that you are not color blind. ...Read more

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The veins in my arms and on top of my arms are very prominent with veins a blueish green color. I am female and 66. Sold I be concerned?

The veins in my arms and on top of my arms are very prominent with veins a blueish green color. I am female and 66. Sold I be concerned?

Not concerning.: The prominence of veins through the skin is affected by many factors including levels of hydration and dehydration, body temperature as well as outside temperature, medications and even levels of stress. Fair skinned people tend to have more easily visible veins than darker individuals and hereditary plays a strong role also. In a healthy person, visible veins are usually not of any concern. ...Read more

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Reddotso just noticed my veins in my arms all the way down to my fingers are very blue never that dark. I am a 50 yr old woman post meno. Obese? Cause

Reddotso just noticed my veins in my arms all the way down to my fingers are very blue never that dark. I am a 50 yr old woman post meno. Obese? Cause

See a doctor: Hi. That is odd. Both arms, right? Is there any swelling in your arms and face? Are you a smoker? Without a history and physical exam, I can't say, but it would seem prudent to see your doctor. There could be some obstruction of the superior vena cava, a big vein that drains both arms and the head. Good luck! ...Read more

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I'm a woman and 23 y/o. What causes veins in my arms and legs arise? How do I eliminate it? It's look terrible. I always use flat shoes for everyday.

I'm a woman and 23 y/o. What causes veins in my arms and legs arise? How do I eliminate it? It's look terrible. I always use flat shoes for everyday.

Varicose veins.....: ..Is what this probably is. 23 is young for this, more common in overweight people. Especially with your young age, I suggest asking your doctor about this. For your legs, compression hose can help. ...Read more

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Green veins on arms?

Green veins on arms?

Green veins: Upper extremity veins are usually normal and rarely due to underlying pathology. The color is green or blue and this is normal. ...Read more

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I have criss cross veins up and down my arms, they come & go. Esp at night. I'm on 3 medications, dark green veins). Dr says I'm good but I don't know?

I have criss cross veins up and down my arms, they come & go. Esp at night. I'm on 3 medications, dark green veins). Dr says I'm good but I don't know?

Probably normal.: 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. Most commonly what you are experiencing is a normal variation but you probably should see a vein specialist for a full venous evaluation so that they could examine you and answer all of your questions. ...Read more

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I just got out of the shower and can see my veins bright green through my skin in my arms and shoulders?

I just got out of the shower and can see my veins bright green through my skin in my arms and shoulders?

Are You A Human?: Depends on what planet you're from. If you're from Mars, only your skin is green and you are probably small. But if you are from the planet Goomba in the Star System Plavius 7, you do have green blood. Of course, if you are just a plain old human from Earth and you have fair skin, a hot shower will cause your skin veins to dilate and you'd probably see them more easily just after a shower. NanuNanu! ...Read more

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Am 35 years old. I have green veins on my arms and at the back of my thighs. What is causing them. Thanks?

Am 35 years old. I have green veins on my arms and at the back of my thighs. What is causing them. Thanks?

Could be normal.: Does it look like either of your parents or siblings? Normal veins can be prominent and have this color, depending on your skin tone, muscularity, and amount of body fat. As long as there is no pain, swelling, redness, bruising, new veins...this could all be normal. Age related changes, over time, can cause more prominent looking veins and veracose veins, usually on the legs, can develop. Show a doc to b sure. ...Read more

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I have very superficial veins on my arms. They are visible at all times & appear green. I would like to know, what should I do to remove them?

Nothing: They belong there. Their appearance is an indicator of hydration status. You will be thankful for their visibility if you ever get an IV or give blood. ...Read more

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I have been noticing dark green veins on my chest and arms I can actually ser them get darker it's been going on for about a week or two what u think?

I have been noticing dark green veins on my chest and arms I can actually ser them get darker it's been going on for about a week or two what u think?

Since I can't see: You, I think it is best you see your doctor for proper evaluation I don't know why the first thing that came to mind was superior vena cava syndrome, that is the big vessel that returns blood to the heart is obstructed. Also you are now 43, and I don't know your history or family history, liver problem has to be considered or event the breast. You need a good exam and work up. ...Read more

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What causes prominent veins on upper arms?

What causes prominent veins on upper arms?

Not much fat: The biggest factor on the visibility of veins on arms is the amount of subcutaneous [ in the skin] fat that you have. Also the large and more toned the muscles are the more visible the veins. There are rare circulation issues that can lead to distended veins but these are in fact rare. ...Read more

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My veins are very visible and green in my chest/breast area as well as my shoulders and arms. Should I be concerned or what could be causing this?

My veins are very visible and green in my chest/breast area as well as my shoulders and arms. Should I be concerned or what could be causing this?

Normal finding: I am amazed about how often I have women ask me about the veins on their breast. Occasionally they are spider veins but mostly they are blue veins. These are almost always normal findings and normal variations of chest veins. They tend to be more pronounced in fair skinned females and they may be related to hereditary factors or even pregnancies. See a vein specialist to evaluate. ...Read more

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I've always had very pronounced/bulging veins on my arms/legs. I've noticed them a bit more pronounced the last day or so. What could cause this?

I've always had very pronounced/bulging veins on my arms/legs. I've noticed them a bit more pronounced the last day or so. What could cause this?

No relation: What you describe could be normal vein patterns...Only with underlying vein incompetence can you determine if you have a problem that needs further investigation/treatment. ...Read more

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What could cause veins to become more prominent? 20 yro, healthy female. 5'10" 118 lbs but I've noticed more veins on legs, arms, breasts. Not preg!

What could cause veins to become more prominent? 20 yro, healthy female. 5'10" 118 lbs but I've noticed more veins on legs, arms, breasts. Not preg!

Genetics: I hate to say it but at your age, if no other health issues or cause identified, it is just your genetics. As the other doctor suggested it is important to be seen and evaluated as they could be due to an underlying medical issue/condition. But if not, then it is just how you are. Treatments are available and again best to discuss with your health care provider. Best of luck. Dr R ...Read more

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Can anxiety/depression cause pain in the veins on my hands and arms?

Can anxiety/depression cause pain in the veins on my hands and arms?

Possible, see doctor: Episodes of anxiety can cause hyperventilation, which can produce tingling sensations. Depression can trigger chronic pain. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist about your meds and whether these sensations could be due to any medication you are taking.

But please talk with your doctor if these sensations continue. Good luck ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause someone to feel pain (real or not)in the chests, neck, back, arms, wrists (veins) paranoia etc feel like a mess and dr say I'm ok.

Can anxiety cause someone to feel pain (real or not)in the chests, neck, back, arms, wrists (veins) paranoia etc feel like a mess and dr say I'm ok.

Anxiety response: Absolutely, yes. This response you describe is significant, and major, but yes. Has features of PTSD //--Post Traumatic Stress Disturbance. This requires thrrapy -- what is called Cognitive Behavior Therapy, which aims to substitute positive thoughts for the negative -- really helps. ...Read more

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Onset of flat, visible blue green veins both arms, chest, and breasts. Just started necon birth control 1 wk before veins noticed. Connection/concern?

There should: Be no relationship to visible veins and the birth control pill. The risk of a blood clot is low and does not present this way. I think you are focusing too hard on possible side effects. Good luck. ...Read more

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I can see the veins in my left arm. They are not bulging and not painful. It comes and goes. Some days I don't see it. What could cause this?

I can see the veins in my left arm. They are not bulging and not painful. It comes and goes. Some days I don't see it. What could cause this?

Normal: Veins return blood to the heart and have different filling capacities and wall tone. This is not an illness unless the veins are red hot and tender. ...Read more

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When my arm is in pain the veins bulge up and is all green, why?

When my arm is in pain the veins bulge up and is all green, why?

Muscular strain: When your arm experiences pain the muscles in that arm contract from stress and tension and that can cause the blood vessels in that area to show more prominently. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my veins become very visible and green on one arm/chest? There appears to be a bug bite as well.

Superior vena caval: This should be looked at by a doctor. It suggests that the veins in the upper portion of the body may be obstructed, and that raises the question of why? Go and get seen and evaluated by your pcp. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have small lumps along the veins in my arm. What are they and what are the causes? I am 19 11.8 stone and very active

I have small lumps along the veins in my arm. What are they and what are the causes? I am 19 11.8 stone and very active

One way valves: Veins have valves which prevent blood blackflow and prevents propels bllood back to the right side of the heart when muscles contract. It is a low flow low pressure system but very important and efficient ...Read more

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Could it be normal to see your veins? I can sometimes see green color (veins) on the inner part of my arm. And on hands inside. Is this normal?! what?

Yes and yes: Oh and the venipuncturist would love you. The color of the vein is dependent on the co2 in the blood and the color of your skin, and the size of the vessels. It is common to see them in caucasians, lean but toned individuals and who work out. Nothing to worry about it. ...Read more