Although it is far more common to experience varicose veins, or spider veins, in your legs, many people do suffer from varicose veins in their arms. Luckily, there are treatments available that have proven to be extremely effective and have minimal side effects. In this article, we’re discussing the causes of protruding veins in the upper body.
The Negative Effects of Varicose Veins
From a cosmetic viewpoint, many people can lose confidence in their appearance when their veins begin protruding. In extremely visible areas like the arms and hands, this can feel far worse. Additionally, the added pressure in the hands can make performing daily tasks uncomfortable and even painful.
What Can Cause Prominent Veins in Arms?
The causes of prominent veins in arms are similar to the lower body. It can be hereditary, hormonal or caused by a number of external factors. Before veins become varicose veins, they can protrude due to certain lifestyle pressures.
Having a low percentage of body fat may cause the veins to protrude from your hands. Also, exercise raises blood pressure and pushes veins towards the skin – although this typically goes away, regular exercise may make bulging veins become permanent.
Varicose Veins Causes and Symptoms
It’s important to seek treatment early, so get in touch with Vein Care if you notice:
- Blue or dark purple coloured veins
- Veins that appear to be bulging or twisting beneath the skin
- Chronic aching or heaviness in the arms
- Swelling, throbbing, burning or cramping in the arms and hands
- Redness, discolouration or itching around prominent veins
- Skin hardening or ulcers that are localised to one area (this may indicate more serious vascular diseases)
Varicose veins in arms may look similar across a range of patients, and the common causes include:
- A family history of varicose veins or spider veins
- Natural ageing that weakens the veins and their ability to control blood flow
- Pressure on the midsection or abdomen that pushes blood to the extremities, this may be caused by excess weight or pregnancy
- Menopause can cause hormonal and physical changes to the body
Treating Varicose Veins in the Arms
Depending on the severity of your condition and your personal preferences, Vein Care offers a wide range of non-surgical treatments for varicose veins. Most abnormal veins aren’t necessary for blood circulation, meaning they can be eliminated in non-surgical, outpatient procedures.
We use safe procedures to eliminate the symptoms of diseased veins, improve venous health and restore the appearance of the affected area, including:
- Sclerotherapy and Microsclerotherapy – the vein wall is collapsed, and the immune system naturally does the rest
- Ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy – an ultrasound is used for a more advanced version of sclerotherapy
- Endovenous laser therapy – an alternative to vein stripping that is more effective, less painful and recovers faster
- Endovenous cyanoacrylate super-glue – to treat varicose veins
- Ambulatory phlebectomy – the affected vein is pulled out under local anaesthetic
Make an Appointment with Vein Care in Melbourne
If you’re concerned about the appearance and feel of the veins in your arms and hands, don’t hesitate to contact our team of professionals. We can help you choose the right treatment for your condition in Melbourne. You can contact Vein Care online or by calling 1300 730 100.