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

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Dr. John Landi
Phlebology
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. David Fox
Bleeding is an unusual complication of thin walled superficial varicose veins (usually large spider vein complexes) but can occur. Such bleeding can be controlled with leg elevation and finger tip pressure. Definitive treatment for this problem may include sclerotherapy and corection of underlying reflux. David Fox, MD, FACS, RPVI www.FoxVein.com
Dr. Rodolfo Farhy
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: Perhaps

You need to show this to a physician.
Occasionally some individuals have capilar fragility that might represent lack of vitamins. Could be just traumatic or you might be taking blood thinners. There are too many possibilities.

In brief: Perhaps

You need to show this to a physician.
Occasionally some individuals have capilar fragility that might represent lack of vitamins. Could be just traumatic or you might be taking blood thinners. There are too many possibilities.
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Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology

In brief: Can happen

Spider veins (telangiectasia) in the lower leg can spontaneously burst/bleed.
Often happens when standing in the shower or in hot weather when veins dilate, and the thin skin overlying gives way, and bleeding often is described as "shooting out." don't go to er; lying down with legs elevated and pressure dressing over bleeding site, use of ice pack will control bleeding. Then see phlebologist.

In brief: Can happen

Spider veins (telangiectasia) in the lower leg can spontaneously burst/bleed.
Often happens when standing in the shower or in hot weather when veins dilate, and the thin skin overlying gives way, and bleeding often is described as "shooting out." don't go to er; lying down with legs elevated and pressure dressing over bleeding site, use of ice pack will control bleeding. Then see phlebologist.
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics

In brief: Usually not

One tiny superficial vein bursting should clear up like a bruise would clear up.

In brief: Usually not

One tiny superficial vein bursting should clear up like a bruise would clear up.
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