When you think about varicose veins, it’s common to associate them as an issue affecting the legs, particularly the upper legs. However, did you know you can also develop varicose veins in other parts of the body?
The hands can often develop varicose veins, especially as you get older. Here, you’ll discover everything you need to know about hand veins and how to treat them.
What are hand veins?
Obviously, everyone has veins in their hands. However, at times they can become a lot more prominent. If the veins are bulging, it could be down to a large number of causes.
The veins could be purely a cosmetic issue, or they could cause symptoms such as aching and throbbing. Regardless of whether they’re causing physical issues, if you want to eliminate them there are options available. However, this will depend upon the cause.
What causes hand veins?
Bulging veins in the hands can be caused by a number of factors. As well as varicose veins, they could also potentially be caused by the following:
- Ageing changes
- Hot temperatures
- Being underweight
As you age, the skin starts to become much thinner and it loses its elasticity. This would naturally cause the veins to look more prominent. However, age can also lead to a weakening of the valves, which can cause the blood to pool inside the veins for a longer period of time. This can also make them look more prominent.
Exercise can also cause the veins to appear larger, as can warmer temperatures and being underweight. In these cases, the veins wouldn’t need treating as they’re only temporarily larger and will return to normal. However, if the veins on the back of the hands remain prominent and appear bulging all the time, as well as causing other problems, then varicose veins on the hands could benefit from treatment.
Are hand veins easy to treat?
The good news is, varicose veins on the hands are easy to treat these days. At the Cornwall Vein Clinic, we have a number of effective treatments which can be safely used on the hands. Our minimally invasive varicose vein procedures cause the walls of the veins to collapse and then the veins are absorbed by the body.
If you’re looking to treat your hand veins, book a consultation today. There, an effective treatment plan can be recommended based on the severity of the condition.