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How can we tell if a bulging vein is normal?

This question was asked in Fremont, California and has 3 answer(s) as of 02/15/2016.
My son, who turns 13 later this year, has recently had blue bulging veins appear in his hands. He is a swimmer in training and has a history of platelet count slightly lower than the norm. Are bulging veins normal? Should I be worried? Should I take him to the doctor?

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Doctors Answers (3)

Normal veins can have bulging and still be functioning normally. Bulging veins on the back of the hand are fairly common, but if there are any symptoms or problems with the appearance then you can consult with your doctor.

When you work out a lot and have low body fat, sometimes the veins are more prominent. This could be all it is. The low platelet count could be as simple as clumping, but needs to be worked up. The two should have nothing to do with each other.

Large veins on the hand are usually quite normal. Exercise makes these veins more visible, especially in very lean or very muscular athletes. It has nothing to do with his low platelet count. There is no need to see a physician at this time, as it is normal to have visible veins.

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