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Bleeding Varicose Vein in Legs

Bleeding Varicose Vein in Legs

Though varicose veins are often assumed to be a cosmetic issue, they can also be indicative of a more serious medical condition. For some patients, they can lead to painful symptoms that affect your comfort and physical ability. If you notice bulging, prominent veins in your legs, the Vein Care Center is here to help you identify and address your concerns. Serving the residents of Lima, Celina, Bluffton, Findlay and beyond, Dr. Manu B Aggarwal is a board-certified, highly experienced physician who can help to enhance your comfort and restore your vein health.

Your vein health plays a crucial role in the functioning of your body. When vein issues or irregularities arise, this can affect the veins’ ability to carry blood back to the heart. For some patients, varicose veins are little more than a cosmetic issue. For others, however, they can cause troubling and uncomfortable symptoms that diminish your overall health and wellbeing. In some cases, varicose veins can lead to spontaneous bleeding in the legs, which requires immediate medical attention.

At the Vein Care Center, Dr. Aggarwal has worked with countless patients to identify and eliminate problem veins and prevent issues from worsening or developing in the future. Offering a range of treatment options, she can examine your condition to determine the most suitable procedure and ensure that no further risks are posed to your health.

What is a Bleeding Varicose Vein in the Leg?

Varicose veins often develop in the legs directly beneath the skin’s surface. When these veins weaken, the pressure created by pooling blood can cause the vein to rupture. These ruptures can occur suddenly, causing the blood to seep into the surrounding tissue beneath the skin. Patients with varicose veins often notice the skin over the area becoming thinner, which may cause the vein to bleed through the skin (similar to when a fluid-filled blister breaks open). In mild cases, there may be a small amount of blood, while in others, the bleeding can be significant and even life-threatening if left untreated.

What Causes Varicose Veins in the Legs to Bleed?

Bleeding in the legs may be caused by venous insufficiency. This condition occurs when the veins are unable to pump blood back to the heart because of weakened or damaged valves. The resulting build-up of pressure can eventually lead to the rupturing of the affected veins. Varicose veins also tend to break down the walls of the skin over time, bringing the problem veins closer to the surface. In some cases, the slightest scratch or scrape can lead to excess blood loss. While the bleeding is generally painless, some patients may experience a significant loss of blood that threatens their overall health.

Symptoms of Varicose Veins

Spontaneous bleeding in the legs is generally the result of untreated varicose veins. Early treatment of these symptoms will help to prevent bleeding and protect your overall health. It is recommended that you schedule a vein exam if you are experiencing any of the following issues:

  • Prominent veins in the legs that are dark purple or blue
  • Twisting or bulging veins
  • Aching or heaviness in the legs
  • Burning, cramping, throbbing or swelling in the lower legs
  • Skin discoloration around a varicose vein
  • Itching around one or more veins
  • Worsened pain after long periods of standing or sitting

Why Should I Seek Treatment for Varicose Veins?

Since varicose veins can create unsightly blemishes on the skin, many patients assume the issue is merely cosmetic. However, without proper assessment of these dilated blood vessels, it is impossible to know whether the problem poses a risk to your health. Leaving varicose veins untreated can lead to various medical conditions, including hyperpigmentation, leg ulcers and, evidently, spontaneous bleeding. In most cases, painful physical symptoms, such as aching or cramping in the legs, will worsen unless the problem veins are addressed and treated accordingly. Varicose veins can develop into more severe medical conditions if left untreated and should be examined by a qualified vein specialist to ensure proper assessment and prevention of further health issues.

How Is Bleeding in the Legs Treated?

At the Vein Care Center, we offer patients a variety of options for treating varicose veins and bleeding in the legs. When the bleeding occurs, the quickest and easiest first step is to hold pressure and elevate the area/leg. Often times, visits to the urgent or emergency centers will put in a stitch to stop the bleeding. However, the skin is already thin to begin with and it sometimes can create more healing issues. If it can be avoided, our team recommends against stitching. We use medications to treat the bleeding vessels like FDA approved Sotradecol. We can also use surface lasers to close off the vessels to prevent future bleeding. The heat emitted from the laser causes the vein to seal shut. These treatments usually takes just a few minutes to perform.

Knowing the symptoms of vein disease can help you recognize them earlier. Early treatment is the safest and most effective way to ensure you achieve the best results possible. If you are concerned about your venous health, let the caring and knowledgeable staff at the Vein Care Center help you look and feel your best. Contact our clinic at 419 227 4472 to schedule your free screening today.

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