Are these Varicose Veins or something more serious?

I have a large bulging vein around my ankle and another that runs across my shin. This has been going on for a few months now and seems to come and go. For example when I take a hot shower or finish a work out they appear but when I am just hanging out on the couch watching TV they seem to go away. also, in the morning when its cold they dont appear either.

Doctor Answers 5

Varicose veins on the ankles and leg

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Any increase in body temperature as in showering or exercize will cause venodilation - cause an increase in the size of the vein with more blood pooling. Venous insufficiency can also contribute and you can and should get a venous Doppler ultrasound (Duplex scan) to see if you have this condition. Once this is treated endovenously (EVLT Never Touch, VNUS Closure or ClariVein), most of these will reduce in size and abundance and thereafter, you can get additional treatments such as foam sclerotherapy to obliterate these veins (spider veins, reticular veins and varicose veins). Read the E-Book about venous insufficiency on the link below - it has information, pictures and diagrams. 


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What you are describing is typical for varicose veins.
When you stand up blood flows into them and they dilate. If you are resting on the couch with the legs elevated blood flows out of them and they disappear. 

Niels C. Krejci, MD
Boston Dermatologist

Vericose veins

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these are vericose veins, they have a tendency to disappear when elevating your feet and when more pressure is on them they build up with blood and become more dominant and visable to see 

Elliot M. Heller, MD
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Varicose veins typically enlarge when you stand and decompress when you lie down. The usual reason for the varicose vein formation is a malfunctioning (refluxing) of the valves in the saphenous system of veins. What you describe sounds like varicose veins.  You should see a vein specialist for a full venous  evaluation including a venous reflux ultrasound.

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