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Are blue worms the symptoms of varicose veins or blood clots?

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Dr. Ted King
Phlebology
6 doctors agree

In brief: Veins vs. clots

Blue worms that are not painful are most likely to be varicose veins.
Pain and swelling, with or without varicose veins, is more liekly to be a blood clot. Regardless, if you have varicose veins that are painful, you should definitely get it checked out by a vein specialist.

In brief: Veins vs. clots

Blue worms that are not painful are most likely to be varicose veins.
Pain and swelling, with or without varicose veins, is more liekly to be a blood clot. Regardless, if you have varicose veins that are painful, you should definitely get it checked out by a vein specialist.
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Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Surgery - Vascular
4 doctors agree

In brief: Ask your doctor

Varicose veins do appear as large, rope-like, sometimes tortuous veins.
The presence or absence of varicose veins do not exclude the possibility of a blood clot, however. Only a physical examination and ultrasound, if indicated, can rule out a blood clot. Always a good idea to review your symptoms with your doctor.

In brief: Ask your doctor

Varicose veins do appear as large, rope-like, sometimes tortuous veins.
The presence or absence of varicose veins do not exclude the possibility of a blood clot, however. Only a physical examination and ultrasound, if indicated, can rule out a blood clot. Always a good idea to review your symptoms with your doctor.
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
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Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Probably veins

Blue ropy varicose veins can be somewhat tender to touch, but when a clot forms within, there is redness, firmness, heat and the pain increases significantly.
Those with light complexion will have 1-3 mm small veins showing just beneath the skin called reticular veins, and these are often associated with spider veins. Blood clots within these are uncommon.

In brief: Probably veins

Blue ropy varicose veins can be somewhat tender to touch, but when a clot forms within, there is redness, firmness, heat and the pain increases significantly.
Those with light complexion will have 1-3 mm small veins showing just beneath the skin called reticular veins, and these are often associated with spider veins. Blood clots within these are uncommon.
Dr. James Isobe
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Dr. John Landi
Phlebology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Worm-like veins

Worm-like appearing could be varicose veins or could be reticular (blue) veins.
You should see a vein specialist for a full venous evaluation. These veins are most likely not blood clots.

In brief: Worm-like veins

Worm-like appearing could be varicose veins or could be reticular (blue) veins.
You should see a vein specialist for a full venous evaluation. These veins are most likely not blood clots.
Dr. John Landi
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