About Veiny Hands
With more than 34 major veins and a large number of small branching veins, the human body is full of veins that allow blood and nutrients to flow through the body to keep us healthy. Without veins, the heart cannot pump blood from the top of the head to the ten toes. Large swollen veins can be part of normal anatomy. Or it could be for several reasons:
As you age, your body undergoes many changes, including the loss of elasticity of your skin. As the skin loses elasticity and begins to thin with age, the veins in the hands can no longer be hidden as before, causing the veins to become more prominent and larger.
- Cardiovascular Disease:
Cardiovascular disease is a serious condition that affects more than 80 million Americans every year. This condition affects the rate at which venous blood returns to the heart, leaving behind the blood that has accumulated in the veins. This can cause the veins to appear swollen and congested, causing them to weaken.
During exercise, the heart has to increase its demand for more blood to circulate through the body faster. This makes the veins appear larger because the blood flow through the veins suddenly increases. Veins that dilate during exercise are often not a cause for concern and should return to normal once the heart has relaxed.
- Heat Exposure:
Have you spent more time outdoors during the hot summer months and noticed that your veins look much larger? This is because high temperatures cause the veins to dilate or dilate, causing blood to pool in the veins. As the veins dilate and blood accumulates in the veins, the veins appear significantly larger. When you have time to cool down, the veins return to a small, hard-to-see state.
- Low Body Fat Percentage:
People with a low body fat percentage may have more prominent veins than people with a high body fat percentage. This is because people with a low percentage of body fat have less fat hidden in their arteries. If you’re not happy with the bulging appearance of your veins, a few pounds should help cover them.
Treatment for Veiny Hands
Veins in swollen hands that have been exposed to heat and exertion may not need treatment, but other symptoms such as cardiovascular disease, varicose veins, and superficial thrombophlebitis should see a Vein Specialist. Depending on the cause of the enlarged veins, several treatment options are available, including:
- Ambulatory phlebectomy: As a minimally invasive procedure, ambulatory phlebectomy allows vascular surgeons to remove veins from small incisions.
- Endovenous ablation therapy: Commonly referred to as laser therapy, ablation therapy removes veins through targeted radio or light waves.
- Sclerotherapy: The chemical solution is injected directly into the vein and the vein collapses. Over the next few weeks, the infused vein will close permanently, reducing the appearance of swollen veins.
- Vein stripping and ligation: Through vein ligation, a vascular surgeon can surgically close and remove one or more veins.