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Updated on Jun 3, 2022 by Dr. Jonathan Arad (Vein Doctor) of Vein Care Center
Do not ignore a growing network of dark veins on your hands, legs, or feet, as they may be a sign of some underlying medical problem that can turn serious if left untreated. Whether these dark or discolored veins result from chronic venous insufficiency or some cosmetic issue, they can be analyzed and managed positively to avoid further complications. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Jonathan Arad at the Vein Care Center to have your dark veins thoroughly investigated and know about the best practices regarding prevention and treatment.
Are you getting worried about the appearance of dark and bulging veins on your legs, arms, or face that were not there before? Seeing dark blue veins deep under the skin is not abnormal. For some people, this swelling may result from aging or rising blood pressure and is just aesthetically unappealing, but, it may be a sign of some underlying health condition for others. If your veins continue to change their color and become prominent, accompanied by other symptoms like pain, swelling, and heaviness in the legs or ankles, seek medical help immediately.
Varicose veins and spider veins are common, especially in women. They have often been considered a cosmetic issue, but they could be a sign of venous disease if they persist and become painful.
Varicose veins are recognized by their bluish, purplish, or reddish color and twisted, swollen appearance that becomes painful with time. Spider veins appear as a web of red, blue, or purple veins that spread across the legs and face, closer to the skin surface.
There are various reasons behind darkening or discoloring veins. They could result from life changes, benign factors, or some venous disorder that needs clinical attention.
Veins get dilated, stretched, and swollen with blood makes them even more prominent, and they seem to be bulging out from the surface of the skin. Consult a vein care doctor to have them diagnosed accurately and to rule out the possibility of some critical health issue.
Symptoms of dark veins can include:
Persistent dark veins accompanied by other painful symptoms may indicate some underlying health problem that needs prompt medical attention. They may be harmful as dark veins indicate poor blood circulation or a higher risk of varicose veins.
Some dangerous underlying conditions associated with dark veins include:
It is a medical condition in which a blood clot forms in one or more deep veins in the body, mostly the legs. It can cause pain and swell in the legs and ankle. It should be taken seriously as this clot can break loose and travel to the lungs, causing pulmonary embolism.
It is a life-threatening condition that occurs when the blood clot gets stuck in blood vessels of the lung, causing swelling and throbbing in the legs, chest pain, and shortness of breath.
PAD is the narrowing of the peripheral arteries that carry blood away from the heart to other parts of the body. Reduced flow of blood results in leg pain when walking, cramping, and weakness in the lower parts of the body.
The causes of dark veins depend on the conditions behind them and their symptoms. Knowing more about what is causing these conditions can help you prevent them and seek the best treatment.
If your veins are close to the surface of the skin, they are more prominent. As these veins carry blood to the heart, they are naturally blue or purple. They seem more visible at times due to factors like exercise and high blood pressure, or maybe you did not notice them before.
When blood is full of oxygen, it is red. Once the body parts and organs have used up the oxygen, the blood turns purple or blue. The used-up blood travels from the body parts back to the heart through the veins and this is why the veins seem darker.
Hormonal imbalance can also lead to dark veins. If you take birth control pills or other medications for managing hormones, you will notice veins that were not there before. Due to hormonal shifts, the blood flow can increase, leading to visible veins.
Pregnancy can make a lot of changes to the body. It increases the blood volume by 20 to 40%, which in turn raises the pressure on the veins, expanding and making them seem dark and swollen.
Veins can turn darker with aging. The skin loses its elasticity and becomes thinner, and as a result, veins become more pronounced. Losing muscles and fats is a part of growing old that makes the veins seem darker.
Many other factors lead to dark and prominent veins. Understanding which one of these factors is causing your dark veins will help to address them timely. They include:
Seeking medical assistance for dark-looking veins is necessary to prevent health-related issues in the long run. Varicose and spider veins are usually harmless but they should be checked by a professional healthcare provider to rule out any possibility of a serious problem.
If you are concerned about persistent dark veins, and gradually increasing painful symptoms, visit a vein specialist to know more about your condition and possible treatment options. Dark or bulging veins can be a sign of vascular disease when accompanied by a sensation of burning, itching, or pain.
Contact an experienced and certified vein expert doctor immediately to avoid the pooling of blood in veins and venous reflux.
Veins are responsible for the normal flow of blood. In the case of venous disease, the blood circulation process is affected. If they are left untreated, dark veins can cause serious complications. They include:
You must seek immediate medical attention in case your veins start bleeding or your symptoms become too painful.
While there is no way to prevent dark veins, you can take measures to stop the condition from worsening and ensure they do not become painful.
You can manage dark veins by:
If the dark veins on the leg are becoming a source of embarrassment for you with their unsightly appearance, there are a variety of options to have them removed. Whether these veins are a cosmetic outcome or a result of venous disease, there are plenty of treatment methods to get rid of them.
Modern technology has made vein treatment effective and simple, which provides relief from all types of venous diseases without going through painful procedures. Treatment options for removing dark veins include:
Your doctor may combine more than one procedure to achieve the desired results and come up with a customized treatment plan to relieve your dark veins and painful symptoms.
Vein Care Center specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of varicose and spider veins using the most advanced diagnostic equipment and vein screening methods. With the help of minimally invasive techniques, Dr. Jonathan Arad provides effective vein treatment and helps you get back to your normal routine in a very short time.