Spontaneous bleeding from superficial veins in the leg can occur due to untreated vein disease. The bleeding results from high pressure in superficial veins caused by venous insufficiency (reflux) caused by the backward flow of blood into the veins of the legs under the force of gravity.
The veins and skin weaken over time, and if the affected area receives even a slight injury, the vein may rupture and bleed a substantial amount. This also may occur after bathing in warm water, which softens the skin and dilates the veins close to the skin’s surface. If spontaneous bleeding occurs from a vein in the leg, immediate actions must be taken to stop the bleeding. Patients should elevate the leg, apply pressure, and seek medical assistance immediately.
Vein disease will progress without treatment, and spontaneous bleeding is a serious warning sign of deeper problems. If you have experienced spontaneous bleeding, contact us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cunningham.
Contact our office at 615.455.3000 to begin your journey to healthier, pain free legs.