Varicose veins are a common condition affecting the legs and feet. Weakened valves in the veins that allow blood to flow backwards and pool in the legs are the main cause of varicose veins. This can lead to the veins becoming enlarged and twisted, resulting in a condition known as varicose veins. One concerning symptom is varicose veins bleeding.
Varicose vein bleeding can occur for a number of reasons
Varicose vein bleeding can occur for a number of reasons, including:
- Trauma: because varicose veins are located near the surface of the skin they are easily damaged. This means that any kind of trauma to the legs or feet, such as a bump or cut, can cause these veins to bleed.
- Ulceration: Varicose veins can cause blood to pool in the legs, leading to a build-up of pressure in the veins and, over time, this can cause the skin to break down and form ulcers. These ulcers may bleed, especially if they become infected.
- Clotting disorders: Varicose veins can increase the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or blood clots forming in the legs. If a clot forms in a varicose vein, it can cause bleeding.
- Inflammation: Varicose veins can become inflamed, thrombophlebitis, which can cause them to bleed.
Evaluation by a medical specialist is necessary
Varicose vein bleeding needs evaluation by a medical specialist as soon as possible. They may recommend wearing compression stockings or socks to help protect the legs and to prevent further bleeding. Treatment of varicose veins is also recommended to help prevent future bleeding and improve overall vein health. Firstly, the specialist will book an ultrasound scan to determine the cause of the bleeding, then discuss treatment options that include VenaSeal, a medical adhesive that offers a minimally invasive procedure, with less down time than many other treatments.