What other symptoms might occur with bulging veins?

Bulging veins may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Symptoms that frequently affect the veins may also involve other body systems.

Leg symptoms that may occur along with bulging veins

Bulging veins may accompany other symptoms affecting the legs including:

  • Aching pain that may get worse after sitting or standing for a long time
  • Darkening of the skin
  • Feeling of heaviness in legs
  • Rash that is itchy or irritated
  • Swelling
  • Throbbing or cramping

Other symptoms that may occur along with bulging veins

Bulging veins may accompany symptoms related to other body systems including:

  • Symptoms of diabetes, such as damage to blood vessels, skin ulcers near the ankle, and slow-healing wounds
  • Symptoms of obesity, such as increased weight and inactivity
  • Symptoms of pregnancy, such as increased weight, increased blood volume, and pressure in abdomen
  • Symptoms of thrombophlebitis, such as inflammation, pain, and redness or warmth of the skin in the affected area

Symptoms that might indicate a serious condition

In some cases, bulging veins may occur with other symptoms that might indicate a serious condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care if you, or someone you are with, have bulging veins along with other serious symptoms including:

  • Bleeding from injury to the vein
  • Feeling of pulling or pain in the leg
  • Redness, warmth or swelling in the leg
  • Skin on the ankle or calf thickening and changing color
  • Sores or skin ulcers on the leg or ankle

What are bulging veins?

Bulging of the veins is a symptom that commonly occurs in different conditions, such as thrombophlebitis, pregnancy, older age, and congenitally defective valves in the veins. Varicose veins are dilated, often distorted, and swollen veins that may be painful. Varicose veins are most frequently seen in the legs.

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What causes bulging veins?

Bulging veins usually result from weak or damaged valves in the veins. The heart pumps blood that supplies oxygen and nutrients to the whole body through the arteries. Veins then carry the blood from the body back to the heart. As leg muscles contract, they push blood back to the heart from the lower body against the flow of gravity. Veins have valves that act as one-way flaps to prevent blood ... Read more about bulging veinscauses

Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Aug 1, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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