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Continuous bruising and red spots that look like blood vessels that burst on legs for no reason blood works normal what could it be?

Continuous bruising and red spots that look like blood vessels that burst on legs for no reason blood works normal what could it be?

Telangiectasias.: Fine broken blood vessels on the surface of the skin do not indicate any systemic problems which is good. However, if you are interested in treating what is likely a genetic predisposition, the treatment for this is considered cosmetic in nature and can be addressed with the use of laser technology. ...Read more

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Veins (Definition)

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


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One of my veins looks like it's about to burst! Help?

One of my veins looks like it's about to burst! Help?

See below: Ice or cool compresses and compression over the area will help decrease the size of the vessel quickly - but are temporary treatments. The big question is why does it look like that? Was there an injury to the area or body part? Is it a varicose vein? Definitive treatment will depend on the cause. ...Read more

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What causes me to have blood veins burst in my hand?

What causes me to have blood veins burst in my hand?

Veins: Veins break secondary to dilation, pressure. If the veins are weak either do to genetics or nutrition you can be more prone to breaking. If you are on blood thinner, aspirin or nsaid that will cause issue. ...Read more

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I think I might have a vessel burst on my foot (could be vein?)... is it harmless?

I think I might have a vessel burst on my foot (could be vein?)... is it harmless?

Star Burst.: And what reason or observations makes you suspect that this has happened? ...Read more

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What causes burst veins in cheeks?

What causes burst veins in cheeks?

Could be: It is difficult to say what this is without more detail, but it could be facial telangiectasias which are associated with a variety conditions including rosacea, autoimmune diseases, liver disease, and others. See your doctor to confirm what it is. ...Read more

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Do I need to be worried about a superficial vein bursting?

Do I need to be worried about a superficial vein bursting?

Veins rarely burst.: There are 3 types of superficial veins-varicose, spiders and reticular (blue). Varicose veins could bleed following trauma to them but will rarely spontaneously bleed. Spider veins will not bleed unless they are long standing and located over the ankle and skin. In order for these to bleed, scabs form over them and rupture. This is primarily in older patients. Reticular veins do not bleed. ...Read more

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What causes burst veins in fingers?

What causes burst veins in fingers?

Several Things.: The most common cause of veins bursting and bleeding in the fingers would be trauma. Other causes could be the taking of blood thinners such as Coumadin (warfarin) but also nsaids, aspirin, fish oil, flaxseed oil, plavix, etc. Another cause could be blood problem resulting in an inability to clot. Obviously, it is impossible to make a diagnosis based on only a few facts. You should see a hematologist. ...Read more

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How do I treat a burst vein in a foot?

How do I treat a burst vein in a foot?

A real gusher.: After the cold application to the area and elevation, there will more than likely be trapped blood under the skin. This area can then be treated with warm compresses to promote the dissolution and clearing of the bruised area. ...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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What causes burst veins and bruising behind your knees?

What causes burst veins and bruising behind your knees?

Age Pressure Reflux: Varicose veins of the lower extremities can have various sources. The varicose veins are a result of pooling of blood with increased venous blood pressure. The best way to close the varicose veins can be determined on physical exam and a focus venous ultrasound examination by a physician skill in treating venous disease. Check out the american venous forum or american college of phlebology. ...Read more

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Could running/jogging/walking cause my veins to burst?

Could running/jogging/walking cause my veins to burst?

Rare: Abnormal connections of the deep high pressure veins and the low pressure surface veins enable abnormally high pressure to be transmitted to the skin veins. This is especially true during exercise. Patients often have leg swelling and pain during and after leg exercise. Occasionally, the pressure is so high that a skin vein becomes weak and can rupture. Lie on back. Lift leg up, apply pressure. ...Read more

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Supposing your retinal vein burst open. Is it dangerous?

Supposing your retinal vein burst open. Is it dangerous?

Yes: If a retinal vein breaks open, the blood within will push around the retina, could escape into the vitreous causing visual disturbance and might lead to a blockage of the vein which could also affect vision. If this is suspected, a retinal specialist should be seen immediately to diagnose and treat this. ...Read more

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Sometimes I have vein burst in my eye is it serious?

Sometimes I have vein burst in my eye is it serious?

Not likely: This is a very common occurrence and often seems to happen with a big sneeze. These go away with time and nothing needs to be done about them. As long as your vision isn't affected and you have no pain, you can ignore them. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have pink eye or did a vein burst in my eye?

How can I tell if I have pink eye or did a vein burst in my eye?

Depends: If your eye otherwise feels relatively normal but looks terribly "tomato ketchup" red. It probably is just a bruise (subconjunctival hemorrhage). If mild to moderate discomfort with tearing and discharge and some blurring to vision, then conjunctivitis likely. Often viral mediated, the latter usually is in the setting of a cold or flu like symptoms. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have varicose veins on your vulva that burst open!?

Is it possible to have varicose veins on your vulva that burst open!?

Unlikely: I agree with dr king it is extremely unlikely that varicose veins on vulva burst. At the time of delivery it could happen. Also they veins could bleed if they were cut by shaving or other grooming. ...Read more

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Can crystal meth cause an eye vein to burst?

Can crystal meth cause an eye vein to burst?

Get help: Go to the emergency room to have this examined. There could be a number of reasons for a burst "eye vein." if you are interested in stopping meth, go to narcotics anonymous meetings. Any local paper will list meeting times. ...Read more

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My left arm hurts when I use it too much my veins will pop out and it feels like they are gonna burst what could this be?

Go to Dr.: What part of the arm? Prominent veins most of the time are not serious unless is only one arm and associated to swelling, pain or redness or caused by compression of masses in the thorax or axilla. If you exercise too much that arm increases in muscle size plus prominence of veins &may be normal. There is some concern about a possible clot in the deep veins, or arteriovenous fistula if unilateral. ...Read more

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I hurt my wrist today. Sounds silly but I felt like I had burst a vein. This evening it's painful to touch & I now have a bulging bruise.

I hurt my wrist today. Sounds silly but I felt like I had burst a vein. This evening it's painful to touch & I now have a bulging bruise.

Depends!: Did you fall on it? If you had a severe blow to it or fell, you may have a fracture. The only way to be sure is to get an x-ray. Your age is not appearing. It is easier to break bones when older or in childhood and adolescence. If your pain lasts for more than a few days, worsens, or you have numbness, tingling or weakness, see a doc. No ibuprofen, aleve, or aspirin for 72 hours). Tylenol, (acetaminophen) ice ...Read more

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My left shoulder arm and neck and head always hurts to where I can't use my arm itt feels like my veins in  my arm are gonna burst is it a pinchenerve?

My left shoulder arm and neck and head always hurts to where I can't use my arm itt feels like my veins in  my arm are gonna burst is it a pinchenerve?

Maybe: There are many possible causes for these symptoms. If your primary care physician is iunsure of the diagnosis after a good history and physical, you should be evaluated by a neurologist or physiatrist. Nerves can become pinched anywhere from the neck, through the shoulder, and down the arm. Blood vessels in this region can also become entrapped. Other possibilities include tight muscles... ...Read more

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Why would a vein on my knee swell suddenly with no injury and burst? Very painful to move it.

Why would a vein on my knee swell suddenly with no injury and burst? Very painful to move it.

Vein: Where is this vein? You may have a cyst in back of knee or swelling due to injury to cartilage, meniscus of the knee. We don’t normally get veins around knees that swell. ...Read more

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I think I burst the vein in my palm when I fell... My palm is almost completely instantly purple, but no pain. What can I do about it?

I think I burst the vein in my palm when I fell... My palm is almost completely instantly purple, but no pain. What can I do about it?

Can close palm?: If you can fully close palm without pain, then there may be only blood in skin, however you may have broken bone which should be ruled out. To speed resolution of blood in skin bormelain orally can help. If the are is swollen with a hematoma a physician can drain area if necessary. ...Read more

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Varicose vein burst, squirted stop bleeding after 24 hours should I get this followed up? What does this mean in the leg

Varicose vein burst, squirted stop bleeding after 24 hours should I get this followed up? What does this mean in the leg

Venous hypertension: As dr. Alves said, the reason for the bleeding is too much pressure in your veins or venous hypertension. Yes, you should follow up with a vein specialist, as dr. Landi said, because if the problem isn't corrected, you will bleed again. ...Read more

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Can easily-bursting veins in the hands signal an increased risk of aneurysms?

Can easily-bursting veins in the hands signal an increased risk of aneurysms?

Nol: There is no association between hand veins bursting and having aneurysms. Aneurysms tend to run in families and especially male dominance. However, aneurysms can occur in females and without any family history. Bursting veins in hands are usually due to trauma or to medications. ...Read more

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I have really bad allergies around this time, but lately my eyes are really red, today there was a huge red dot, can it be a burst vein?

Yes: A bright red spot over the white part of the eye (sclera) is probably a broken blood vessel. It should get better after a couple of weeks. As it goes away it may appear yellowish, which is the blood breaking down to hemoglobin. This would not require treatment. ...Read more

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Veinin foot burst for no reason suddenly felt a sharp pinch, saw my vein buldge up, swelled and itched then bruising appeared. Should I worry? Haveeds3

Veinin foot burst for no reason suddenly felt a sharp pinch, saw my vein buldge up, swelled and itched then bruising appeared. Should I worry? Haveeds3

Unusual problem: It would be very odd this happened for no reason. Therefore, you should see your primary care doctor soon. Call today and they can direct you accordingly. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I was shaving my husbands hair (so no trauma) and the vein in the middle of my arm burst and left my arm purple and very sore. What's going on?!

I was shaving my husbands hair (so no trauma) and the vein in the middle of my arm burst and left my arm purple and very sore. What's going on?!

Black and blue: If a vein should burst then what you will see is the formation of discoloration of the skin around the area of the burst vein. This is what we call a black and blue area (ecchymosis). Over several more days this will slowly fade and disappear. ...Read more

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1 Week ago I burst my forehead on concrete. Doctors clipped a blood vein with a rubber. Can I still take an aspirin a day or is that vein to delicate?

1 Week ago I burst my forehead on concrete. Doctors clipped a blood vein with a rubber. Can I still take an aspirin a day or is that vein to delicate?

About 7 days: Is needed for aspirin effect to clear your system. If no significant bleeding has occurred by this time then it should be fine to restart aspirin after 7 days. If still have questions then contact primary care physician for guidance. ...Read more

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Why are my veins bursting under my skin? There is a big spot on my stomach that is red, purple, and black. It burns so bad

Why are my veins bursting under my skin? There is a big spot on my stomach that is red, purple, and black. It burns so bad

Leaky veins: Bruising from veins under the skin may arise from trauma or represent defective blood clotting due to platelet disorders, cancer, vitamin deficiency, toxins, speen or liver problems. See you doctor soon for an exam and lab tests. ...Read more

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Have a pituitary tumor. I refused a synacthen test because I had my brain anurysim coiled 3 months ago. I read this injection can cause veins to burst.

Have a pituitary tumor. I refused a synacthen test because I had my brain anurysim coiled 3 months ago. I read this injection can cause veins to burst.

Brain: If you were coiled three months ago it is unlikely that this test would cause a rupture, probably best to speak to the interventional doctor and get an opinion. ...Read more

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Hi my friend slapped me in the back of my calf where I usually have a visible blue large vein (possibly varicose vein) and it burst when he slapped me, it swelled to the size of a golf ball- now size of quarter and is hard, tight, painful. Emergency?

Vein: This sounds like a vein rupture from the localized trauma, and should resolve within a few days' time. Use of Arnica gel over the area may aid in the healing process. If you do have varicose veins, I would recommend an evaluation of the venous duplex ultrasound to determine if more aggressive therapy would be warranted. ...Read more

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A week ago, the vein on my knee cap burst & bruised. I put Ice on it. Now it's burning, has pain, & sudden onset bruising. What next?

A week ago, the vein on my knee cap burst & bruised. I put Ice on it. Now it's burning, has pain, & sudden onset bruising. What next?

Ruptured Vein: You should see a Vascular Surgeon right away to have your circulation evaluated. Your Vascular Surgeon will help you to determine the cause of the ruptured vein and sudden onset bruising which could be the result of vascular disease. Vascular Surgeons specialize in the treatment and evaluation of your arteries, veins and lymphatic systems. ...Read more

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Barely hit my hand/fingers & the vein/vessel burst, stings, hurts & then turns purple. I'm in my 30's & had this since a child. Why? What causes it?

Barely hit my hand/fingers & the vein/vessel burst, stings, hurts & then turns purple. I'm in my 30's & had this since a child. Why? What causes it?

Vein bursting: If you are experiencing increasing amounts of bruising, there are a few concerns. One would be if your blood is unusually thin. This can be because of low platelets (the clotting cell of your blood) or a decrease in the amounts of clotting factors. You should discuss this with your doctor as simple blood tests can diagnosis this. There can also be structural problems with the veins causing this. ...Read more

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10 years ago saw ENT for streaking of blood in saliva. It was burst vein in throat. Now the vein bursts easily when I cough hard. Is this Normal?

10 years ago saw ENT for streaking of blood in saliva. It was burst vein in throat. Now the vein bursts easily when I cough hard. Is this Normal?

NO: You may need surgery to destroy the dilated vein: please call your EWNT specialist and make sure that this vein is amenable to surgery. ...Read more