If you notice protruding veins on your legs, you may wonder, “Why are my veins bulging, and is this normal?” While you may consider them to be unsightly, bulging veins are not always a sign of unhealthy veins. Therefore, it is important understand the difference between visible veins that are healthy and those that signify underlying medical conditions that require a trip to see a vein specialist for evaluation and treatment.
Why Are My Veins Bulging?
Is it a good or a bad thing when your veins pop out or protrude? It depends on the circumstances as well as any side effects that may accompany the bulging veins. Do you experience unexplained pain, heaviness, or fatigue in the same area of the bulging veins? Does the area feel warm to the touch? Are your bulging veins spreading or becoming larger? These are important questions to ask yourself and a vein specialist during an appointment to ensure your veins are healthy.
When Bulging Veins Are Normal
Bulging veins can be completely normal in a variety of cases. A rise in blood pressure during times of physical activity can cause healthy veins to temporarily bulge. Bodybuilders refer to this as ‘vascularity.’ Bulging veins may also be healthy if you have very low body fat. If you don’t have a lot of subcutaneous fat, your veins will naturally be more prominent. Bulging veins are also a normal occurrence with aging as your skin becomes thinner. This thinning of the skin allows your veins to become more visible. None of these examples confirms a problem or underlying health condition.
Why Are My Veins Bulging When I Work Out?
Physical activity naturally increases blood flow throughout the body; visible, puffy veins following an intense workout should be anticipated. Also, your muscles become engorged during exercise, which causes them to push against the veins, making them more easily visible. All of this is normal and healthy.
Why Are My Veins Bulging on My Hands?
Your hands are one of the first areas on your body to show signs of aging. Even in younger people, the veins on the back of your hands are naturally more prominent. As the years pass, two things occur that will make your hand veins more noticeable. These include thinning of your skin and the loss of the subcutaneous fatty layer. If this appearance bothers you, you can talk with us and our sister practice Spa Medical about cosmetic solutions to aging hands and visible hand veins.
When Bulging Veins Are Abnormal
At times, bulging veins can signify venous diseases that will get worse without evaluation and treatment. As vein disease worsens, it can affect your quality of life with pain, swelling, and skin changes. Varicose veins can also increase your risk of developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT), superficial vein thrombosis (SVT), and plumonary embolism (PE). These can be life threatening.
Blood vessel injuries due to trauma, underlying disease or being bedridden can also result in cases of bulging veins. Venous disease treatments are available with your vein specialists, many of which are minimally invasive “walk in, walk out” procedures.
Varicose veins are a common problem, especially for women of childbearing age. They typically appear during pregnancy and improve after you have your baby. In some cases, they can persist as unsightly spider and varicose veins, which can result in many bothersome symptoms. Some of these symptoms include a heavy feeling in the affected body part, discomfort or pain, itching, hardening of the affected veins or bleeding.
Get Help for Bulging Veins in Central Georgia
If you are experiencing problems with bulging or varicose veins, you do not need to suffer in silence. Stop wondering, “Why are my veins bulging,” and contact Vein Specialists of the South today for a complete evaluation. We can help you determine the best treatment methods to relieve your pain and help reduce the appearance of bulging veins.