Are you seeing bulging veins in your arms, legs, or other body parts? If you are, don’t panic. A lot of people have visible and bulging veins. However, the reasons behind these bulging veins can vary from person to person. For some, they don’t mean much, and those noticeable veins are nothing but benign. In others, bulging veins can indicate a more serious (but often treatable) problem.
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In this post, we’ll break down all the different causes of bulging veins and explore what you can do if you have signs of a vascular problem.
Benign Causes of Bulging Veins
- Low body fat
A person’s veins can protrude because they have very low body fat. This could be down to the amount they exercise or diet, or they may naturally have little body fat (some people do).
In others, low body fat happens as a result of lifting weights. For some weightlifters, bulging veins are a huge marker of positive progress. Prominent veins and muscles mean they’ve eradicated fat beneath the skin and have reached a level of success. Vascularity for bodybuilders, along with bulging and defined muscles, is highly desired.
Of course, low body fat could also indicate undereating in some people. This depends on the individual, and we can’t conclude every thin person isn’t eating enough. While bulging veins themselves don’t point to a vein-related issue in such cases, it can signal a lifestyle problem.
Genes can affect the appearance of veins on your hands. If someone has a family member with bulging hand veins, chances are they have them too. Prominent veins can all come down to nothing but genes!
The development of veins in your arms and other body parts could simply be down to the natural aging process. As you get older, it’s normal for the veins in your hands to start to pop out.
- Living in warmer climates
Another reason you might experience bulging veins in your hands, arms, or other body parts, is because of the weather and climate. Hot temperature makes veins expand and enlarge, sending more blood rushing into them. It’s typical for veins to protrude when you’re hot.
When Bulging Veins Point to a Medical Issue
Bulging veins can point to the presence of vascular disease. Vascular diseases affect the arteries and/or veins and involve problems related to blood flow.
In vascular disease, blood flow is affected by the blocking or weakening of blood vessels, or by damage to the valves within the veins. Vascular diseases can damage organs and other body structures because of the impact on blood flow.
There are various types of vascular diseases, such as deep vein thrombosis and peripheral vascular disease. Whatever the type, vascular disease can lead to serious complications, so consider seeing a doctor if your bulging veins have come on suddenly.
What Causes Vascular Disease?
Several things can cause vascular disease. Here are some examples:
- Compression (for example, when something squeezes the vessels)
- Obstruction (something is blocking the vessels or pipes)
- Vessel spasms
Types of Vascular Diseases
Different causes can lead to different types of vascular disease. Here are some examples of vascular diseases:
- Varicose veins
When vein valves weaken and can’t pump blood back to the heart properly, you get varicose veins. Instead of traveling to the heart, blood pools in the veins, making them bulge. Varicose veins are usually found in the legs but can show up in other places. They can cause symptoms such as pain, achiness, and swelling in the legs. You can read more about the treatment options & recovery time for varicose veins & spider veins.
If you have phlebitis, it means you’re experiencing vein inflammation. Phlebitis happens as a result of infection, trauma, or autoimmune disease. This isn’t usually serious and people can expect to see inflammation die down over time.
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
Bulging veins can signify a blood clot deep in the veins that are stopping blood from getting to the heart. This condition is known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). DVT clots tend to form in the lower leg, thigh, or pelvis but they can appear in the arms too.
- Superficial thrombophlebitis
Superficial thrombophlebitis occurs when inflammation of a superficial vein (phlebitis) is caused by a blood clot. The cause of this type of vascular disease is an injury to the vein, causing it to swell.
Symptoms of Vascular Disease
Alongside bulging and prominent veins, you could experience other signs of vascular diseases, such as:
- Heaviness or pain in your limbs
- Discoloration of the skin on your arms and hands
- Wounds that aren’t healing
- Numbness or tingling in fingertips
- Cold fingers and/or hands
- Muscle weakness
- Reduced mobility
Think You Have a Vascular Condition?
If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms above or believe you have a vascular problem, it’s time to see a vein doctor.
Remember, untreated vascular disease can lead to an array of problems down the line. By getting a medical assessment, you can determine the cause behind your bulging veins and begin treatment.
Treatments for vascular disease
At our vein treatment clinic, we offer a spectrum of treatments for vein disease. We aim to provide minimally invasive procedures, using cutting-edge ultrasound techniques to improve diagnosis and the outcome of treatments.
We offer several treatments for varicose veins and spider veins, as well as treatment for peripheral arterial disease. These treatments can be highly effective and life-changing.
Visit the leading vein and vascular specialist in Southern California
To get your veins assessed by an experienced vein specialist, book an appointment with Dr. Robert Azizi. Our doctor and center offer first-class care and we put patient comfort at the forefront of everything we do.
Dr. Azizi can help you identify the cause of your bulging veins and will pinpoint effective solutions. Vein health is important, so don’t spend time guessing when it comes to your veins. Get medical advice from a verified expert.
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