Spontaneous bleeding is a common and terrifying scenario many varicose vein sufferers face. It can happen anytime, anyplace, and the sight of it is unsettling, to say the least. When a varicose vein bleeds, blood shoots straight out of the body and almost nothing can stop it. Pressure helps, but as soon as you remove it, blood sprays out again. If you are not prepared for it, it can be overwhelming; if, however, you know the causes of and solutions to this scary situation, you will come away from it unscathed. This article from the vein doctorsat Lincolnshire’s leading vein clinic,
Advanced Vein and Laser Centre
, will help you navigate spontaneous varicose vein bleeding emergencies.
Why Does It Happen?
A combination of factors contribute to spontaneous varicose vein bleeding:
- Damaged vein walls are stretched, thin, and fragile
- If the smallest of injuries occurs– a scratch, cut, shaving nick, or even over-soaking– the vein wall can rupture and blood will escape
- The blood in varicose veins is under immense downward pressure– when the injury occurs, the blood comes out with extreme force
Whatever the cause, spontaneous bleeding is frightening and stressful– but also manageable.
What Should I Do?
- First, do not panic. Take a deep breath and remember: this is not an artery but a vein, which is much easier to treat. It may look like a lot of blood, but is actually a very small amount.
- Second, lie on your back and elevate the bleeding leg as far above heart level as you can
- Next, apply direct pressure to the bleeding varicose vein; keep the leg up and keep applying pressure for 20-30 minutes– a clot or scab should form and you will be in the clear
- If the bleeding continues after 30 minutes, or if starts bleeding again shortly after standing up, go to the emergency room immediately: a few stitches or a simple injection will stop the bleeding
If you have questions about spontaneous varicose vein bleeding, or if you are experiencing leg pain in the Lincolnshire area, please contact Advanced Vein and Laser Centre today. Doctors at our renowned vein clinic would be happy to discuss our safe and effective procedures for treating
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