The vast majority of the time spider veins occur, they are annoying. Not only are they embarrassing to otherwise smooth skin and silky legs, but they can also be a source of pain for those who have them. Legs may begin to feel heavy and achy. Even so, spider veins are rarely dangerous for the person dealing with them. On occasion; however, they can bleed, and the bleeding can be significant.
Spider vein bleeding is not a common problem, but it’s not rare. People with dense spider veins around the feet and ankles seem to be at highest risk for bleeding. This is because when a person is sitting or standing, the venous pressure in the feet is higher than elsewhere in in the body, as the feet are gravity dependent in those positions. These dense blue veins are just below the skin surface. This makes them an easier target for a scrape or cut than other healthier veins. All it takes is one ill-timed bump or fall to cut open a vein and start the bleeding. This frequently occurs when someone is in the shower. A person may look down and see the shower covered in blood. The veins are at times described as shooting blood, which can be alarming.
How to Stop a Bleeding Vein
The first and most important thing to do is to apply firm pressure at the point of bleeding. Do not check to see if it has stopped, because this will likely cause it to bleed more. Also, elevate the leg if you can do so while continuing to apply pressure. If you are by yourself and unable to apply pressure and elevate your leg, then concentrate on applying pressure. Keep holding pressure with a cloth until bleeding stops. Even if the bleeding stops rather quickly, you will still want to see your doctor, as vein bleeding will likely recur if the veins go untreated.
How to Prevent Bleeding Vein
Once you develop dense clusters of spider veins, that appear to stick out, around your ankles, bleeding veins become a possibility. While accidents are accidents, and there isn’t much you can do to guarantee you’ll never fall and cut a vein, there are some ways you can help lower your risk:
- Mindfulness. It almost sounds like it isn’t worth mentioning, but it’s probably a good deterrent for bleeding veins. Simply reading this article and having the knowledge that you need to be more careful and aware now is a huge help. If you have varicose veins or a similar condition, you can’t do everything exactly how you did when you were a kid. Be careful.
- Stockings. Adding support stockings with a thin layer of gauze can protect your legs from damage from accidental bumps and scrapes.
- Treatment. This is the most effective way to prevent recurrent vein hemorrhage. Get an evaluation if you have concerns about possibly bleeding from your veins. Dr. Bardwil can determine if there is a problem that needs to be addressed.