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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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Suddenly my chest and arm veins are very visible?

Suddenly my chest and arm veins are very visible?

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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Treating Deep Vein Thrombosis (Checklist)

Stay as active as you can
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Follow your doctor's anticoagulation recommendations
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Elevate your leg, if possible
Daily
Wear your compression
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Why are the 'blue' veins in my arms/hands/chest suddenly much more visible? Heart checked last year, and blood test just two weeks ago, all clear.

Why are the 'blue' veins in my arms/hands/chest suddenly much more visible? Heart checked last year, and blood test just two weeks ago, all clear.

Positional: When you place your arms and legs lower than your heart, they fill and become prominent. When they're above your heart, they collapse and appears as "streaks." Also, when you're well tanned, they're less visible. AS your tan fades, you see them better. Darker veins are NOT a sign of disease! ...Read more

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Treating Deep Vein Thrombosis (Checklist)

Take anticoagulation
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Wear support stockings
Daily
See a vein specialist
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Walk
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What could cause blue veins on my abdomen and legs to be suddenly visible? I've had 2 negative pregnancy tests and have never missed a bc pill

What could cause blue veins on my abdomen and legs to be suddenly visible? I've had 2 negative pregnancy tests and have never missed a bc pill

Not concerning.: The prominence of veins through the skin is affected by many factors including levels of hydration, hormones, 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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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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Treating Deep Vein Thrombosis (Checklist)

Take blood thinners as indicated
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Use elastic compression stockings for symptomatic relief
Daily
Drink plenty of fluids
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If one of the testiclel is having some visible vein on it, what does it mean?

If one of the testiclel is having some visible vein on it, what does it mean?

Varicocoele: An enlarged blood vessel or varicose vein in the scrotum is called a varicocoele and is usually harmless unless it becomes inflamed and painful, at which time you should see a physician. ...Read more

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