Can your Varicose veins rupture?

Can your Varicose veins rupture?

Bleeding veins can be a very frightening experience. Expert vein doctors warn that it often happens while in the shower and it can leave you horrified. Since the rupture happens due to the increased pressure built up in the veins the bleeding can be profound and rapid. 

If left untreated the varicose veins get larger in size. The vein walls get thinner and consequently, even a slight bump can rupture them. A great deal of blood loss is possible, and this is determined by the size of the veins. 

Bleeding occurs in two ways

1. Internal bleeding

This happens when the vein ruptures, but the skin remains intact. You experience bruising but may also feel dizzy or even faint when large amount of blood is lost. If you feel you experience such symptoms it is always better to contact your vein specialist and seek help to prevent further complications. 

2. External bleeding

You experience severe bleeding when the varicose vein ruptures and the skin is broken. When this occurs, what is crucial is to slow down the bleeding. Applying pressure helps to reduce the amount of blood loss and allows time to seek medical help.

Following are doctor recommended steps to follow if Varicose vein ruptures:

1. Lie down with your leg raised higher than the level of your heart. You can lie down on the floor and keep your leg raised on a chair.

2. Using a small towel for around 20 minutes and hold firmly in place by hand. Make sure you get someone’s help to perform this instead of trying it yourself. The blood rush should soon taper off.

3. Continue this posture for about an hour. Bleeding should stop.

4. Apply a bandage or gauze wrap the spot.

5. If bleeding starts again, you need to repeat the procedure.

Predicting your chances of a varicose rupture is near impossible. There is no reported evidence of any medication making someone more predisposed to the rupture. But if already on anti-coagulant drugs, the patients are likely to bleed more easily once it occurs. 

Minimally invasive Vein treatments currently are very common. Such treatments do not require any hospital stay. Done as an outpatient procedure, it requires no fasting or anesthesia and the patient can resume daily activities very soon.  

The two common treatment options are:

Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA)

EVLA is a procedure that makes use of catheters, lasers, and ultrasound to treat varicose veins. In this procedure the abnormal varicose veins are heated by laser and destroyed. It destroys the vein walls and over time the body absorbs the dead tissue and varicose veins disappear. 

Sclerotherapy

The procedure disturbs the lining of the blood vessels by injecting medicines directly into the vein. This causes them to collapse and the damaged veins become unnoticeable.

Varicose vein will not heal by itself. Occasionally, they can develop phlebitis, which is caused by the clotting of blood and can lead to red, painful, swollen and tender varicose veins. If left untreated, open sores, commonly known as ulcers, may develop on the skin. It can also lead to serious life-threatening conditions like DVT or deep vein thrombosis. 

So, get a vein screening done at a center near you at the earliest and get a solution for all your vein related problems.