Monday, June 24, 2013

Ask Us Anything: I Can See My Veins. Is this Normal?

"I have veins in my legs that I can see. One in paricular worries me. It is on my calf, and if I put too much stress on my leg, it hurts. It feels like a bad bruise. Is this normal?"

Ginny Lyons, RN, Responds:

It sounds like a phlebitis, meaning an inflammation of a vein. They can occur from trauma, injuring a vein, or just a lifetime issue of stress on a vein.

You always want to rule out it being a blood clot, especially behind the calf area. Is it raised, warm, and red with any streaking?

I would recommend you seeing your doctor to rule out a clot.

If it is a superficial phlebitis, you can elevate your leg and wear compression stockings to prevent further phlebitis issues. You will need a prescription for stockings, another reason to seek professional guidance.

– Ginny Lyons

Ginny Lyons, RN is a coordinator for Catholic Health's women's service line, WomenCare, a nurse clinician in Women's Health, a community health educator and a public health speaker for Catholic Health on wellness and prevention seminars.

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