Why are my Veins so Visible?

Visible Varicose VeinsPeople have varying skin tones and some individuals have skin so pale it looks almost see-through. This can make the blood vessels in the skin prominent and visible to the naked eye. You may ask yourself, “Why can I see my veins?” Sometimes it’s related to individual genetics. Veins can also become more noticeable as you get older. Starting from middle age, the skin starts to thin, which can cause veins to look more prominent.

Another answer to “why are my veins so visible” may be that you have varicose veins. Varicose veins are larger vessels that are swollen and distorted. They stick out from the skin and usually appear dark blue in color. They are most common on the ankles and legs, but can develop in other areas as well. People who stay on their feet all day at work, such as nurses and teachers, are more susceptible to varicose veins.

When are Visible Veins a Serious Condition?
If you experience any of the following, arrange to see a vein doctor to discuss the issue:

  • Veins are swollen, very sore or warm upon touching.
  • Veins have started to bleed.
  • It changes the color or texture of the skin.
  • You experience sores or rashes on the skin.
  • The condition is causing you distress.
  • You have painful varicose veins, particularly if you have other symptoms.

Prominent veins don’t necessarily need treatment, but if you are worried or think you may have varicose veins, make an appointment with a vein doctor for a exam.

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