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Why do my varicose veins feel hot to the touch?

Sometimes during the day, I feel my legs get warm and when I touch my varicose veins, they're hotter than the rest of my legs. What could be causing my varicose veins to feel so hot? Is this a cause for concern and should I get treatment for it soon?

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It is probably warm to the touch from swelling of the vein. You should be evaluated by a vein specialist before your symptoms worsen.

Varicose veins often feel warmer than the surrounding skin because they are engorged with blood. The heat of your body can be felt since the varicose veins are on the surface. Warmth alone is not a reason to be concerned, but varicose vein patients have an increased risk of blood clots, which should be enough to warrant a consultation.

Varicose veins are prone to slow and turbulent blood flow which can increase inflammation and possibly superficial clots called phlebitis. The veins may feel warm or hot and more firm to the touch, appear raised and more prominent, and may even have sore aching or painful tenderness due to the inflammation or clotting in a varicose vein. These symptoms may improve with time, Ibuprofen, warm compresses and walking but usually will return at some point and elimination of the varicose vein is effective in correcting this chronic problem.

You are having symptoms most likely associated with your veins. I suggest you have a complete evaluation and develop a long term treatment plan. Most insurances cover treatment of symptomatic varicose vein disease.

It implies an inflammatory process that is a marker for advanced venous insufficiency. A visit to your physician should be considered.

Inflammation. Varicose veins are inflamed and may feel bit warmer than the rest of your skin. If they are very warm and tender, please seek evaluation with a vein specialist as this may be phlebitis and need more urgent medical care.

Because the skin overlying the veins is thinner as is the vein wall due to dilation, you are actually feeling the temperature close to your "core" temperature. You normal skin insulates better and therefore feels cooler. If your veins are causing discomfort or are painful to touch, it is time to be evaluated by ultrasound to assess if there is underlying insufficiency.

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