Varicose Veins on your Hands: Causes and Treatment Options

2019-03-14 04:35:00


Varicose Veins on your Hands: Causes and Treatment Options

Most cases of bulging veins (varicose veins) on the hands are normal as you age. This is because the skin gets thinner and loses elasticity as you get older, making your veins more visible. Aging also causes the valves in your veins weaken, which in turn causes blood to pool in your veins rather than flow steadily to the heart, causing the veins to bulge.

Although the veins in your hands are working normally, and they’re unlikely to be a medical issue, their appearance may be a cosmetic concern for many.

There are several other reasons why people have bulging veins in their hands, including:

  • Low body fat, especially on your hands, causing the veins to be more prominent
  • Exercise – it causes the blood pressure in your veins to rise and push them closer to your skin. This is temporary, but lifting weights regularly can make bulging hand veins permanent.
  • Genetics – if someone in your immediate family has bulging veins, you’re likely to have them too.
  • Hot weather – high temperatures causes vasodilation (blood vessels move closer to the skin surface) for cooling .
  • Phlebitis – a situation where trauma, a hand infection, or autoimmune disease causes inflammation of a vein
  • Superficial thrombophlebitis – inflammation of a superficial vein (phlebitis) caused by a blood clot (thrombus), due to a vein injury like when inserting an IV catheter

Treating Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are treatable through self-care and several minimally invasive treatments. Treatment procedures either remove or destroy the problem veins, such that blood reroutes through other veins in that area. Self-care practices, on the other hand, seek to reduce the symptoms.

Several treatment options that may be available to you include:

  • Sclerotherapy – uses a liquid chemical to block a varicose vein
  • Laser surgery – application of light energy from a laser onto the varicose vein to make it fade away
  • Endovenous Ablation therapy – use of radio waves or lasers to produce heat to close off varicose veins
  • Ambulatory phlebectomy – small incisions are made in the skin to remove small varicose veins

In severe cases, your doctor may recommend either endoscopic vein surgery or vein stripping and ligation, which both involve cuts and attempts to close the varicose vein. Please consult a vein specialist for proper diagnosis and treatment.

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