Why Are Varicose Veins Blue?

Varicose veins on female legs in the area of the knee and calves. Close-upIf you have bluish, rope-like tendrils that appear on your legs, you’re not alone. More than 40 million Americans have varicose veins, with women more likely than men to develop symptoms. When your veins are near the surface, pressure or other issues can cause circulation problems. Your purplish veins could be a cosmetic issue, or it could be more severe.

At Vanishing Vein Northwest, we consult with you about your varicose veins. If you have suddenly noticed bluish veins, we’ll walk you through why they may suddenly be more prominent. In most cases, you may just be noticing something that has been happening for a while. We can review why it’s happening now and even go over treatment options.

What Are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are caused by damaged or weak veins. Your blood may pool or flow backward against gravity and even pool in your veins. That’s why you see that dark-bluish discoloration, that could itch, throb, or even swell. The pain may worsen, or you may experience cramping and heaviness.

Why Are Varicose Veins Blue?

Your veins may appear bluish or purple through your skin, even over a brief time. The cause for the progressive visibility can involve the following reasons:

  • Age: If you’re now 50 years or older, that could be a factor.
  • Genetics: If someone in your family has had them, you’re 50% more likely to experience them.
  • Hormones: If you’re pregnant or have other hormonal changes.
  • Skin Tone: If you have fair skin, you may notice them more now.
  • Weight/BMI: If you have low body mass, your veins may be more visible.

Next Step: Consult with Vanishing Vein Northwest

At Vanishing Vein Northwest, our goal is to help you understand and learn how to mitigate the effects of your bluish varicose veins. At Vanishing Vein Northwest, we offer recommendations for treatments and lifestyle changes. You may benefit from compression stockings, exercise, healthy diets, and hydration. We offer affordable options to help you cope with the symptoms of varicose veins.

Call us at 425-277-8346 (VEIN) to Schedule Your Appointment Today