Veins are a funny thing. When you’re young, you barely even notice them, with most veins only visible underneath the surface of your skin at your wrists or in other select areas. But as one ages, veins can unfortunately become something of a nuisance. One issue that many people face with age is the sudden visibility of many small veins beneath the skin, or the sudden bulging or “popping out” of other, larger veins above the skin.
As Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based vein specialists, we’ve had plenty of people ask for our opinion on this issue. That’s why we’ve written this article to explain why this happens, when it might be a problem, and what you can do about it — even if that means getting rid of those problem veins completely.
Why Veins Pop Out
There are several reasons why veins can suddenly jut out from the skin’s surface. First, if you’re reading this concerned about veins popping out during or immediately following exercise, don’t fret. This phenomenon is simply your body’s way of decreasing vascular pressure and should be no cause for worry, unless the veins hurt or linger for a long period of time.
When vein visibility does become a problem, however, is if it first lingers indefinitely and second causes pain or discomfort. Such problem veins are what most professionals identify as “varicose veins” — twisted, enlarged, or swollen veins that seem to emerge from the skin. With nearly a quarter of all adults experiencing varicose vein issues at some point in their lives, there is little worry that varicose veins are indicative of a bigger problem. Instead, the veins themselves can be troublesome, causing some to itch and burn at the site of the vein.
As far as why varicose veins come about in the first place, we’ve covered this in a previous blog post. Essentially, a vein malfunctions and causes blood to pool in a certain area of the vein, causing it to bulge.
How Long Will They Stay Popped Out?
Vein bulging following exercise should subside soon after your “pump” is finished. However, varicose veins emerging from the skin will not go down on their own. In order to tackle the problem of varicose veins, you need to attack the problem head-on. There are a range of procedures that will directly remove or minimize the appearance or discomfort of varicose veins. Most of these procedures can be completed in a day, and the vein will fade, reduce, or disappear completely in the two or three weeks following a procedure. It should be noted that specific recovery time depends on numerous factors and can be longer or shorter than this estimate.
How Can I Stop Them from Popping Out?
While there are some steps you can take to prevent varicose veins from forming in the first place, chances are that if you’re reading this, you’ve already encountered at least one problem vein. If you have, don’t worry — there’s still plenty you can do to resolve all of your vein-related issues.
Our specialists have been practicing in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area for years, and across all that time, we’ve seen pretty much everything there is to see when it comes to vein-related issues. However, we know that similar problems can sometimes require dramatically different solutions.
That’s why we’ve designed a free virtual vein consultation — an online test that will allow us to better understand your issue and work with you to get it solved on your terms and on your schedule. Click here to answer a few questions so we can better serve you.
If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to one of our specialists. We’ll be happy to help you with anything you need!
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