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How To Stop a Vein From Bleeding: 4 Easy Steps

How To Stop a Vein From Bleeding: 4 Easy Steps

Posted on April 16, 2014 by Dr. Stephen Rivard

While the circumstances are rare, there is a possibility that your varicose vein disease will progress to the point where the veins will actually bleed.  Generally speaking, varicose veins are veins that no longer function properly and have resulting high blood pressure inside the veins.  

Without treatment, pressure continues to build and blood begins to pool in these areas. The skin in these areas will eventually become hard to the touch and may change color (blue, brown, red).  If these areas are suddenly hit (e.g. like during a car accident, falling down, someone bumping into you, etc.) the skin can actually break open and the varicose veins will begin to bleed.  If this happens, it is recommended that you stop the bleeding are quickly as possible.  


4 Easy Steps For Stopping Bleeding Varicose Veins:

  1. Apply firm pressure: Grab a towel, a clean shirt, gauze, or whatever may be available and place it on the bleeding area. Apply firm pressure with your hands for at least 10-15 minutes or until the bleeding has stopped completely. *This is the most important step!
  2. Stoping_Bleeding_Varicose_VeinsRemain Calm: Bleeding varicose veins will likely squirt blood, and this can be scary. It is important to remain calm and continue to follow these steps.
  3. Call 911: If it seems that the bleeding does not want to stop, or there seems to be a lot of blood, it is best to make sure that the problem is resolved as soon as possible. Get someone nearby to make the call if you cannot, but get yourself to a doctor.  
  4. Get Treated by a Vein Specialist: Once the bleeding has stopped and you are back to your daily routine, it is advisable to seek the medical advice of a board certified venous and lymphatic doctor to make sure that this problem doesn’t happen again. Treat your varicose veins at their source.


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