For most people, veins appear blue or green-hued through their flesh. However, you may be concerned if you suddenly notice veins showing through your skin. There are multiple reasons why veins become visible, and most are typical and harmless, but it’s always a good idea to consult a professional if you’re concerned about them. There are symptoms that you should keep an eye out for that may clue you in to a more significant issue.

What Causes Blue Veins?
The factors that contribute to visible veins include:

  • Age—as we age, our skin becomes thinner, and our veins appear more prominent.
  • Exercise—While we work out, veins become enlarged as blood pumps through them. After training, they should return to normal visibility.
  • Hormones—pregnant women may notice more visible or varicose veins.
    Skin Tone—lighter skin toned people often see more visible veins.
  • Extended Sitting or Standing—people who work jobs sitting or standing for prolonged periods are at a higher risk of developing visible veins.
  • Venous Insufficiency—this is a common factor that causes spider veins and varicose veins. You may also notice blood clots, leg cramping, restless leg syndrome, swelling, heaviness, or itching. It is estimated that 40% of all Americans have venous insufficiency, and if not treated correctly it can develop into more severe health concerns.

When Should I Worry About Blue Veins?
If you notice visible blue veins but don’t have any other symptoms, they may be spider veins. While they aren’t necessarily a cause for medical concerns, they can make some people self-conscious. Spider veins can be treated to be less visible. If you notice your visible blue veins cause discomfort or even pain, and are raised above your skin, these may be varicose veins. This can signify that your vascular system is struggling and may put you at risk for certain health conditions. If you’re suffering from itching, leg pain, swelling, restless leg syndrome, or burning of the legs, it is a good idea to contact a vein specialist.

Consult a Minneapolis Vein Specialist Today!
Blue veins may require sclerotherapy, catheter-based procedures, laser treatments, or vein stripping. If you’re in the Minneapolis area, please call Spartz Vein Clinic at 651-237-3702 for more information on these or an appointment. You can also visit our online appointments page today!