Varicose veins are those swollen and twisted veins often seen in the legs, lying under the skin’s surface. It is formed when the damaged or weak one-way valve in the veins fails; thus, blood flows backwards, and veins become more extensive. As we advance in age, the overlying skin of varicose veins becomes thin and is likely to rupture or burst, resulting in significant bleeding. A burst vein is a severe condition that needs immediate attention, and that’s why United Vein Centers in West Palm Beach are available to help you in case you experience this. Find out what you should do if you experience such as you read on.
What Do You Do If You Have A Burst Vein?
Vein rupture often happens in the bathroom during a shower, and it is a scary experience. Emergency treatment for burst veins is simple, and bleeding will stop if you carefully follow the instructions below.
- First, lie down, raise your leg in a position higher than your heart, e.g., lying on your back, the floor, and your leg up a chair.
- Apply pressure directly using a small washcloth or towel, holding it in place with your hand for about 20 minutes. If you can, get someone else to apply hand pressure for you.
- Continue lying down with your leg at an elevated position for about 60 minutes.
- Once the bleeding stops for 15 minutes, use gauze to wrap a bandage on the affected area. If you don’t have any of these, ask someone to go to the pharmacy for you to get supplies while you continue staying in the elevated position until you can wrap it.
- If the bleeding starts all over, repeat this process again and if it continues, call the emergency number.
Is A Burst Varicose Vein Predictable?
Although there’s no means of predicting when veins will rupture, it is assumed that older people with fragile skin are more prone to experience this. There’s no evidence to back the fact that any drug can make one susceptible to experience a varicose vein rupture. Still, if a person is on anticoagulant medications, the chances are that they will bleed if a break occurs.
Can You Experience Varicose Vein Rupture Twice?
If the rupture is not treated initially, the patient is likely to experience another one. That’s why we recommend that the individual seeks treatment from a vein specialist to diagnose and treat the vein to avoid a recurrence or risk of such bleeding again.
United Vein Centers are a leading name in diagnosing and treating vein conditions such as a burst vein. We have specialists in West Palm Beach and other facilities across the US. Our procedures are minimally invasive, performed by a team of board-certified doctors that carry out in-office operations, and with little to no downtime so that you can go back to your work or routine almost the same day. Most insurances often cover our treatments, so make sure you contact us today to schedule an appointment.