Do I Have Bulging Veins in My Hands or Arms?
If you have veiny hands or veins popping out on your arms, you may be unhappy with the way they look. They may also cause you considerable discomfort. While veins popping out is more often than not a cosmetic concern, it may be a sign of serious vein conditions that, left untreated, could lead to more complications.
Bulging veins aren’t always unhealthy veins, but it’s a good idea to have them examined, just to be sure. At the Astra Vein Treatment Center in Brooklyn, NY and Bronx, NY, founder Dr. George Bolotin evaluates swollen veins to determine the underlying cause of their appearance. Once he’s identified the cause, he presents you with effective options for treatment.
What Symptoms Accompany Bulging Veins in Your Arms?
When veins in your arm appear to protrude, they may be varicose veins, which are veins that appear to be twisted and bulging right under the surface. While varicose veins are more common in legs, they sometimes occur in arms. In addition to visually protruding veins, symptoms of other vascular conditions that may cause swollen arm veins to include:
- Red, inflamed skin around the vein
- Arm pain or tenderness
- Arm swelling, which may happen suddenly
These symptoms may indicate a blood clot in a vein. If the blood clot is right under the skin, it’s called superficial thrombophlebitis. A clot in deep veins, far below the surface of the skin, is called deep vein thrombosis (DVT). This type of clot can be very dangerous because it can travel to your lungs and block one of the pulmonary arteries there, a condition known as a pulmonary embolism. This is a life-threatening condition and requires immediate emergency treatment.