What Causes Hand Veins to Bulge and How are They Treated?

What is Bulging Hand Veins?

Hand veins are a medical condition that causes bulging and protruding veins in the hands. Veins in hand look and act very similar to varicose veins. While everyone has veins in their hands for proper blood circulation, nobody wants to see these veins bulging their skin. While most of the primary causes of hand veins are unpreventable, the condition is easy to treat and remove veins.

What Causes of Bulging Veins in Hands?

1) The primary cause of bulging hand veins is age. Your skin loses its elasticity and becomes thinner as you age. The thinning of skin makes the hand veins much more visible than they were, and the loss of elasticity makes the hand veins appear.

Veins on Hands

2) Exercise is another common cause of hand veins. It may not make sense, but attempting to improve your health has the potential to ruin the appearance of your hands. The physical activity experienced during exercise causes your blood pressure to rise. This elevated blood pressure causes your veins to be pushed closer to the skin. The bulging hand veins should go away once your blood pressure returns to normal, but exercising regularly will make the hand veins permanent.

3) The final cause of hand veins bulging is extremely hot weather. High temperatures tend to wreak havoc on everyone’s veins. Even a young and healthy person will see their veins enlarge. The high temperatures make it harder for vein valves to work properly, which ultimately makes the veins enlarge.

Hand veins may be a natural part of aging, but that does not mean you have to live with veins in hand for the rest of your life. The appearance of your hand veins is only going to get worse over time, so you should make an appointment to fix the problem now. Treating hand veins is an extremely easy process, so you have absolutely nothing to worry about.

Types of Veins in Hands

Popped Vein in Hands

This type of hand vein condition is typically caused by an injury or direct impact such as hitting or bumping an item when using the hands. A vein that is popped may indicate that a vein is actually “leaking”. Symptoms include a bruise that develops quickly, swelling, and sometimes pain. Generally, a normal vein will clot fast. As well, normal vein clotting caused by a leak will prevent or limit the swelling. Generally, a vein in the finger and popped blood vessels in hand can be treated at home. However, contact a specialist if you have any concerns or experience intense pain.

Bulging Veins in Hands

Bulging veins in hands or enlarged veins are common conditions. The enlarged veins generally occur on the surface of the skin. A typical cause is low body fat. Your veins can be more prominent if you do not have a lot of fat on your hands. Another cause of bulging veins is due to aging. As we get older, the skin gets thinner and loses its elasticity. The “thin” skin makes your veins more noticeable. In addition, bulging veins may be from the damage or weak valves causing the collection of blood. In turn, the veins become enlarged.

Blue Veins in Hands

Blue veins in hands suddenly or feeder and reticular veins are venous blood vessels that can be blue. The color change is due to the veins being abnormally stretched beneath the surface of the skin. Blue veins can appear in the hands. Although blue hand veins are smaller than varicose veins, they can be unsightly and sometimes painful. The cause of blue veins can vary from aging or genetics to loss of fat or even the shade of your skin. Treatment during the early stages of any venous vein condition may improve appearance as well as prevent further progression of the condition.

Green Veins on Hands

Green hand veins in the hands are generally a normal condition. However, green vein lines can be a sign of varicose veins. A good indicator of varicose veins is when the veins are bulging and appear knotted or twisted. Green veins are more common but can be found in the hands. Green veins on the hands are similar to spider veins but just a little bigger. Sometimes they may be a sign of a venous issue like varicose veins. Oftentimes green veins are unavoidable. However, professional treatment is simple and easy.

Busted Vein in Hand

Busted veins in hands can be caused by additional blood in the veins. The pressure from the extra blood causes leakage under the skin. In general, the affected area becomes red and looks like a dark-colored bruise. Burst blood vessels in the hand can be caused by accidentally bumping into objects or squashing a finger such as with a hammer or car door. Broken blood vessels in the hand can also be due to aging. In truth, the skin gets thinner and bruises easily as we age. If you are concerned about the appearance of a busted vein, contact a specialist. Typically, busted veins are easily treated.

Dark Veins in Hands

Generally, very dark veins in the hands are due to low oxygenated blood. As a rule, arterial blood is bright red. On the other hand, venous blood is dark in color. Dark veins are normally found on the arms. However, they can also appear on the chest and hands. Oftentimes these veins are dark purple in appearance and more visible on people with light-colored skin. Dark veins can also indicate varicose vein issues. However, varicose veins are not common in the hands. Contact Dr. Susan Fox a vein and laser specialist if you are concerned or have questions about your condition.

Sclerotherapy  Primary Treatment for Varicose Veins in Hands

Since hand veins are a cosmetic condition, they may be treated using sclerotherapy. This is a minimally invasive procedure that involves injecting your veins with a solution. It may take a few weeks, but sclerotherapy could eliminate your hand veins.

Sclerotherapy has become the primary treatment for spider and varicose veins because it is so effective at removing the sight of bulging veins in the body. Since sclerotherapy only involves injecting a solution into the veins, you may be able to immediately return to your normal activities following the procedure. For the treatment of your hand veins contact a vein center in Miami.

Contact us Today for a Hand Veins Removal in Miami

If you have been looking for a solution to your bulging hand veins, contact Fox Vein & Laser Experts today to schedule a consultation. We will be able to evaluate your concerns and determine which treatment will be best for you.


1. Why are my hands so veiny?

The most common reason to have veiny hands is age. As you age, skin loses its elasticity and becomes thinner, causing the veins below the surface of the skin to become much more noticeable. Other risk factors for visible hand veins include having low body fat percentage,  genetics, and family history, frequent exercise due to the increase in blood pressure, and being in a location where the temperatures are extremely hot and humid.

You may also see prominent veins in hands due to medical conditions such as varicose veins and other venous diseases like phlebitis and deep vein thrombosis. 

2. Why are my veins so visible on my hands?

The primary cause of bulging veins on the hands is aging. It is part of the natural aging process because skin becomes thinner as we get older. If you are very thin or have a low body fat percentage, that also makes your skin thinner and veins will be easier to see. A change in blood pressure can also cause veiny hands, so if you exercise a lot, you may notice your hand veins.

Hot weather can also cause hand veins to bulge. Medically, it could be caused by varicose veins or another venous disease.

3. How do I stop my hands from being veiny?

The main vein treatment used to remove veins in hands is called sclerotherapy. This is a safe, extremely effective, and minimally invasive procedure that involves a simple injection of a medicated solution into the affected vein to destroy it, seal it off, and reroute blood to healthy veins.

Other vein treatments and popped veins in fingers used to get rid of visible veins in hands are endovenous laser ablation, also known as laser therapy, and ambulatory phlebectomy, which requires local anesthesia but there is no major surgery involved nor is there severe scarring or recovery time needed. 

4. Are green veins good?

Green veins are neither good nor bad. For the most part, green veins are completely normal. The color you see when you look at your veins is often blue or green, and this is mainly due to the way the human eye perceives color based on light energy and wavelengths. If you are wondering, should I worry about green hand veins? Green is fine; cause for concern should start if the green veins are bulging or appear twisted, as this could indicate varicose veins.

5. Can dehydration cause veins to bulge?

No, dehydration does not cause your hand veins to bulge. It causes the exact opposite. When you are dehydrated, your veins will become much less prominent and almost disappear. 

Dehydration means that your body has either lost or used more bodily fluids than it has taken in, and it does not have enough fluid to perform functions as normal. Because of this, blood circulation is not working as it should and the vessels of the vein become smaller as the amount of blood flowing through the veins decreases.