Internal versus external varicose vein ruptureWhile varicose veins cause aching pain and discomfort, they can sometimes lead to more serious problems and can even burst, especially when left untreated. This is a critical time to seek medical help and finally get treatment for your varicose veins, because if a vein pops once, it may happen again.

Here, we explain why varicose veins burst and the next steps to take for a safe and healthy recovery.

What Makes a Varicose Vein Burst?

A varicose vein can burst from increased pressures within the veins. This build-up of pressure causes the walls of the vein to stretch, making it weak and prone to sudden rupture. A ruptured varicose vein can bleed into tissues and through the skin’s surface, especially if the skin is thin.

What Are the Symptoms of a Burst Varicose Vein?

Internal Symptoms

If a varicose vein ruptures, but the skin is not broken, symptoms including bruising, dizziness, or fainting. If you experience these symptoms, visit your vein care specialist or nearest emergency room to avoid excessive blood loss and other complications.

External Symptom

If a varicose vein ruptures and the skin is broken, significant bleeding will occur. Because veins burst from excess pressure, the bleeding can be rapid and profuse. In this case, call 911 and seek medical attention immediately to prevent excessive blood loss.

What Should I Do After my Varicose Vein Bursts?

If a varicose vein has burst, elevate the leg of the affect area on a stack of pillows or up a wall. This will help reduce swelling and blood loss. Next, apply pressure on the bleeding site with a towel or cotton t-shirt. This will help slow or stop the bleeding while you seek medical attention.

To avoid excessive blood loss, visit your vein care specialist or the nearest emergency room as soon as possible. Medical treatment of ruptured varicose veins involves an ultrasound guided sclerotherapy. Patients need to undergo complete evaluation of the lower extremity veins to check for underlying cause of the rupture. We encourage you to seek treatment accordingly to prevent future ruptures.

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How Can I Prevent a Varicose Vein from Bursting?

The best way to prevent a varicose vein from bursting is to get vein treatment. Not only does treating varicose veins and venous insufficiency help with your overall health, it can also help you avoid some serious potential long-term risks like a ruptured vein or a leg ulcer.

Treat Your Varicose Veins Today

If you, or a loved one suffers with leg swelling, rashes, or ulcers, see a vein specialist as soon as you can to prevent a potential vein rupture. If you don’t have symptoms but do have the risk factors for varicose veins, see a doctor. A simple ultrasound test will determine whether you have varicose veins or not. 

Remember, untreated varicose veins can lead to serious health problems. Don’t wait. With your varicose veins treated, you’ll feel better — and you’ll live a longer, healthier life with fewer complications.


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At Delaware Advanced Vein Center, our medical staff has years of experience helping people with their spider and varicose veins. We would love to welcome you to our family of satisfied patients. 

Contact us today to schedule a free virtual consultation and vein evaluation.

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