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For the last two weeks I've got more visible veins on my Boobs and on areola. What causes veins to become more visible all of a sudden?

For the last two weeks I've got more visible veins on my Boobs and on areola. What causes veins to become more visible all of a sudden?

It depends....: Pregnancy, which can make existing breast veins more prominent needs to be rules out first. Oral contraceptive use or breast augmentation can also cause veins on the breast to enlarge. Most breast veins fade following pregnancy or when swelling from breast augmentation subsides. Blue breast veins are only a cosmetic problem, and have no health consequences. Get breast exam to rule out any growth. ...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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What are the causes of visible veins, and what can I do to stop this?

What are the causes of visible veins, and what can I do to stop this?

Depends on veins.: There are many types of veins-spider veins, blue veins and varicose veins. Spider and blue veins can be camouflaged by a sun tan (either natural or spray)-but I would not recommend sun tanning. Varicose veins cannot be concealed unless covered by pants or a dress. The best way to make veins less obvious is to see a vein specialist and have them treated appropriately. ...Read more

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Do hydrocephalus cause your veins to. Be visible.?

Do hydrocephalus cause your veins to. Be visible.?

Only not controlled: Hydrocephlus is a condition that can build up pressure in the brain. If pressure builds up, the veins on the head and neck may dilate and be more visible. If the pressure is well controlled, the veins will be normal. You need to get a thorough evaluation to be sure the shunt is working well and no pressure problem has developed. ...Read more

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What causes of small veins visible on inner thighs?

What causes of small veins visible on inner thighs?

Spider Veins: What you describe sounds like spider veins. These can occur during teenage years and there is a strong genetic relationship with them. Trauma can also cause this. For now you should just leave them alone and see if they spontaneously resolve. The simplest treatment for them would be either a laser or sclerotherapy. You should see a vein specialist for an opinion. ...Read more

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Can a visible vein cause pain behind the knee?

VEIN: It can if has a clot in it or it is a dilated varicose vein. ...Read more

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I suddenly have veins visible in my forehead. What can cause this?

I suddenly have veins visible in my forehead. What can cause this?

Positional change.: The veins in the face just as the veins in the rest of the body change in size depending on changes in position as well as changes in levels of hydration and changes in pressure in the chest and abdominal cavity. In the face, the veins decrease with standing and increase with lying down. Straining or laughing increase the the pressure in the chest which can increase the size of the facial veins. ...Read more

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What causes the blue veins on a female's boobs to be more visible?

What causes the blue veins on a female's boobs to be more visible?

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. No treatment is necessary unless for cosmetics. ...Read more

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What are some possible causes for veins in my fingers to become more visible?

What are some possible causes for veins in my fingers to become more visible?

Heat and hydration.: The size of the veins in the hands and fingers change constantly. The most common reasons for hand and finger veins to increase would be hydration and vasodilation from heat or increased physical exertion. There is also an aging component where the veins would dilate as the tissue volume decreases but this should not be the case in a 24 year old. I do not think that you need to worry about this. ...Read more

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My neck vein above my left collarbone is always very visible almost bulging w/pulse. I've never had this before. What could cause this?

My neck vein above my left collarbone is always very visible almost bulging w/pulse. I've never had this before. What could cause this?

Normal variant?: It's possible that it could be a narrowing of the vein between there and the heart, or a clot in the vein, but either of those would be extremely unlikely in a healthy 20 year old man without a significant surgical history. The more likely cause is that it is just a normal variant. We all have a little abnormality or asymmetry with one thing or another. ...Read more

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All of my neck veins on both sides are showing even when just standing. Very prevalent in mirror. On left side there is a very visible pulse, causes?

All of my neck veins on both sides are showing even when just standing. Very prevalent in mirror. On left side there is a very visible pulse, causes?

Veins: More information is needed. May be best to person a virtual consult to better help you. At your age it doesn't sound too concerning ...Read more

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What causes blue veins to become visible under the eyes and can they be removed?

What causes blue veins to become visible under the eyes and can they be removed?

Middle age problem: Get plenty of exercise, eat well, get plenty of rest, avoid multiple hours in front of computer, avoid smoking or smoke filled rooms, avoid too much sun exposure. Sometimes even following all these guidelines thin skin can reveal underlying veins. If these are normal veins they will be hard to remove. If they are spider veins then laser treatment may be available. A photo would be helpful. ...Read more

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What could cause green veins on chest extremely visible, chest soreness, chest pains?

What could cause green veins on chest extremely visible, chest soreness, chest pains?

Chest pains: If you have very visible engorged veins on the chest along with chest pain, you most probably have superior vena caval syndrome. If have history of alcoholism, you may have spider nevi which are tufts of small veins. Either way, you need get it checked quickly. ...Read more

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If there's no weight change what causes an increase in visible blue veins in the body and spider veins on breasts?

If there's no weight change what causes an increase in visible blue veins in the body and spider veins on breasts?

Hormonal changes: If you have new, prominent veins in the breast, you may be undergoing hormonal changes. These can be simple cyclical changes like your menstrual cycle or can be an indicator or larger changes like pregnancy. They are not signs of cancer or anything serious or abnormal. If they bother you, a phlebologist or vein specialist can treat them cosmetically. Phlebology. Org for referrals. ...Read more

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Causes for prominent veins? Over the past few days I've noticed my veins are showing more and more of them are visible everywhere above my pelvis.

Causes for prominent veins? Over the past few days I've noticed my veins are showing more and more of them are visible everywhere above my pelvis.

Veins showing: Veins are closer to your skin surface than arteries are. Maybe like like most young healthy women you are exercising and trying to keep your wt down. In doing that you may be burning some of your subcutaneous fat and so your veins become more prominent. Just a thought. See a dermatologist. ...Read more

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I can see veins/arteries in my hand emerged out or in other words are quite visible. What's the cause?

I can see veins/arteries in my hand emerged out or in other words are quite visible. What's the cause?

Prominent veins: Hand prominent veins are due to hands hanging down for a long period. Sometimes lack of fat cause veins to be visible. More serious causes are obstruction in blood flow ...Read more

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Just noticed a new big vein running across lower right thigh near knee. Should I be concerned? What causes big visible veins?

Just noticed a new big vein running across lower right thigh near knee. Should I be concerned? What causes big visible veins?

Varicose veins: This is probably a varicose vein. That is a common area. It is more common if you are on your feet a lot, have leg swelling, are overweight or have high blood pressure. Wearing compression stockings can help. They can be painful at times. ...Read more

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What would cause the veins in the palm of my hands and fingers to become more visible?

What would cause the veins in the palm of my hands and fingers to become more visible?

Hard to say...: Really need more information and good history and physical examination. It could be from better hydration or weight loss. Have your doctor examine you. You may just have superficial veins. Doesn't sound urgent unless painful, swelling or other symptoms. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause veins to become more visible? Had ultrasound- negative, but I feel like a road map! Blood work good. Only thing I think is anxiety!

Can anxiety cause veins to become more visible? Had ultrasound- negative, but I feel like a road map! Blood work good. Only thing I think is anxiety!

Question not clear: Not sure what veins/ where on your body you're referring to. Anxiety may alter one's perception of the body, but does not cause vein enlargement or make veins 'more visible.' Please clarify and resubmit so we can better respond. ...Read more

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What causes bulging vein/ artery in neck with visible pulse? Is it a sign I'm too skinny? Or a different underlying condition?

What causes bulging vein/ artery in neck with visible pulse? Is it a sign I'm too skinny? Or a different underlying condition?

Common finding: Many people are thin enough to have easily visible neck veins and arteries. When you are lying down, these vessels are more prominent and the veins often become difficult to see when you are upright. If your vessels are more prominent than normal (a doctor's physical exam is needed), it can be a sign of a more serious vascular condition, but if you are otherwise healthy, that is very unlikely ...Read more

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My daughter white part of the eye isn't white like other people her eye is kind of pink, red vein is visible and a bit of grey. Is this cause by laptop.

My daughter white part of the eye isn't white like other people her eye is kind of pink, red vein is visible and a bit of grey. Is this cause by laptop.

Probably not: There is great variability to the "white" porion of the eyes surface. Some people have thinner sclera resulting in a grey or bluish color. Some people have prominent blood vessel that cause the sy=urface to look red-- this is normal. Other causes can be allergic or dryness. Sometimes prolonged computer use can cause the eye surface to dry out due to decreased blinking. Artificial tear supple. ...Read more

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Can high blood pressure cause spider veins and visible blue veins in the breasts?

Can high blood pressure cause spider veins and visible blue veins in the breasts?

No relationship: There is no causal relationship between spider vein formation and blue vein formation and high blood pressure. These two types of veins are commonly due to genetic factors, aging, weight, sun exposure hormonal changes and pregnancies. ...Read more

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I'm pale and have visible veins, also sometimes bruises with unknown cause. Connective tissue disorder?

I'm pale and have visible veins, also sometimes bruises with unknown cause. Connective tissue disorder?

Maybe (not): Go see your doctor. Bruising without reason is also worrisome for clotting disorders. This can be exacerbated from excess Aspirin or other over-the-counter anti-inflammatories. Connective tissue disorder has nothing to do w/visible veins under pale skin. That's just genetics & nothing to worry about. But bruising/bleeding easily should definitely be checked out. ...Read more

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What causes very visible veins on boobs, nipple, shoulders and pelvic belly area? What could be the causes? Thanks

What causes very visible veins on boobs, nipple, shoulders and pelvic belly area? What could be the causes? Thanks

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. No treatment is necessary unless for cosmetics. ...Read more

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I had my period but my breasts are sore and there is visible blue veins on my chest, what might be the cause?

I had my period but my breasts are sore and there is visible blue veins on my chest, what might be the cause?

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. No treatment is necessary unless for cosmetics. ...Read more