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    Varicose Veins

    Twisted, lumpy, dark blue veins that form under the skin on the legs. More common with age, they're harmless, but can be unsightly and embarrassing. Read more →

    Can protruding veins on forehead be treatable? My problem is when i smile, i have two bulging veins that sticks out from my forehead, looks horrible and its really getting me down. ALways need to cover with a fringe, can never pin it all back due to the veins as people will notice and stare. I would say these are close to varicose veins and desperately want to get them treated as ive lived with this for a number of years. Never noticed them when i was young, and now im 32 its probably due to exercising over the years that caused it to rise to the surface of my skin. Really need some advice, so please help if you can. Thank you.





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    i have lumpy discharge i discovered it after having intercourse with my partner there were all lumpy bits left on him it was white in colour a bit like cottage cheese errr what is it ??





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    i have a very thick discharge thats abit lumpy, its usually white but when it drys goes yellowy, i dont know what thrush is but it sounds scary, i am too scared to tell anyone, am i normal and what can i do to stop it being so lumpy?..





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    Sounds like a normal vaginal discharge. Many woman have this problem. I have been having it for years now and my Obgyn can't really help so don't feel embarassed. I just use panty liners throughout the day to stay fresh and clean. Be aware! If the discharge has a foul smell or you get any irritation down there, then it would be time to worry, usually it's an infection or STD.

    Hi I've always had broken veins all over my legs and also I have very veiny boobs and arms :( is there not anything you can do about this? I know there are treatments for broken veins but what about these deep blue veins on my boobs and top of my arms! I'm so self conscious about it.





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    Lauren, have a chat to specialists in this field.. Start with a Doctor see why it is the way it is and not a condition elsewhere.. Blood flow ect.... Then ask him about specialist that deal with this cosmetically once you know medically you are ok...Also, try using Pharmacies for advice for cover ups creams.. I use a non greasy bronzer on my legs as I have spiders all over one leg..and that works a treat for me, so much so I am contented with that level pro activeness..

    I'm 16 and I am a 32DD, but recently my boobs have got purple/red veins on them. Are they still growing? Or are they spider veins? If so, how can I get rid of them??





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    Georgina, are you wearing a quality bra that offering good support and not overly tight?? You may be constricting your body and breaking capillaries.. Have it check out. Take care..

    I dont have varicocele veins but i heave a few blood blisters along the veins in the right side of my ball sack. Is this in any way linked or could someone tell me what this is ? They have been there a while and do not seem to clear up.





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    i have thread veins/spider veins mostly everywhere tbh, but the most embarassing is on my face (especially around my eyelids!) and on the top of my back. ive had these all my life i think. because these are where im mostly ashamed of &try to hide them, what can be done to get rid of them -or at least reduce them!?





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    I have tiny veins on my cheeks which I really have had enough with. They aren't varicouse - I think they are thread or spider veins. I'm 25 years old and must have had them since I was about 20. I have spent a fortune on make up to try and cover them up but wondered if I went to the doctors would they just tell me to get on with it? Is there any treatment?





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    I have thread veins on my face, i've had one treatment of V. Beauty all over my face. I had some success mainly with the purple veins but a lot of my red veins remained. 3 years on im thinking of repeating this treatment to see if it would be a success, before considering laser treatment which is more abrasive. What do you think is the best course of action V.Beauty or laser? As i don't have money to waste. Any feedback is appreciated. Tina





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    Hi there I am 22 years old and have big veins running through both of my legs. Due to my job I stand all day long very briefly being able to sit down. Both my legs swell up quite big, they get very sore and very tender to touch. In the evenings my legs get very twitchy and almost feel like pins and needles and trickling sensation. Over the past few months the veins have got a lot bigger and spread out more. They also feel very heavy. I have been to see my gp I have tried tight socks but they made the veins stick out more. I drink plenty of water and regularly go to gym and have a dog so I do go walking a lot. I have even been told by a gp to use ibuleve gel which I even said wouldn't work! Is there anything I can do? I never was bothered about the look of them but they are getting bigger and more painful now.





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    i have suffered with hard lumpy veins in my right hand since birth, i am 50 years old now.i am still suffering with hard veins that hurt me from time to time, then will go softer after a while, then go hard again at later stages. is there any treatment for me out there, and is there anyone else suffering with hard lumpy veins in thier hands,





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    my mum has blue and purply veins on her feet and lower legs. she says her grandad had them. also they sometimes ach and are very lumpy. they are little veins coming through. on the legs they are a bit bigger. is there any thing she can do about it.





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    i have varicus veins doc said they are cosmetic even though very lumpy and painfull and purple she wont refer me so have to go private unable to afford this please can you tell me which cream willhelp the apearence small red veins on the skin have not worn bare legs for 15 years people say o what have you done to your legs, if the fade cream would help that would be great,





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    Im 35 years old and a mother of three.I have suffered from ugly painful varicose veins since the age of 20,they are worse on my left leg they are lumpy and tender they spread to my foot which looks bruised and if i stand for any length of time my leg gets heavy and aches and so does my foot. i even developed dvt during my third pregnancy, im fed up with these horrible painful veins,i never show my legs as they are so bad,please help.





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    hi im 14 and have a aching left testicle and i have also noticed veins like others that's all lumpy what do i do??





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    I'm 49 and I have spider veins on my legs. Also on the back of my left leg the veins are very dark and appear to be almost at the surface of the skin. Are these varicose veins? They are not thick nor hurt. Can something been done for these veins and also for the spider veins?





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    Im 17 and have varicose veins on my legs which are very lumpy, blue and getting very large, with spider veins starting to appear also. I feel very insecure about them and i dont wear skirts, shorts or dresses which shows my legs, and for a 17 year old girl, this is a pain, especially as it's coming to summer. They itch so much, especially sometimes at work as Im a waitress so constantly on my feet. They seem to make my legs hurt and ache in the mornings sometimes when i get up. No one really understands how self conscious I feel about my legs, and it gets my down a lot. I looked into having surgery and had a scan, but they said I couldn't have it on the NHS and so would have to pay £800 for the cheapest option which would be having needles put in the backs of my legs... but im needlephobic and really can't afford £800.. You really can't win!.





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    I know how you feel, I am also 17 and have the 'spider veins' starting to show up on my legs, I have no idea what caused them or what started them but they are appearing in little batches. I dont want it to get worse as I love wearing short skirts. what do i do?

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    I have horrible nasty varicose veins all over my legs and had them since school, I'm 27 now. They are lumpy at the back of my legs and I feel very paranoid about them, I am unable to wear skirts or shorts. My GP refrerred me to a specailist and he looked at the veins and asked whether they are painful. Fortunately they are not painful but they will not operate on them if they are painless. Boo!!! It would be soo nice to wear skirts and shorts. I also tried some herbal tablets, A.Vogel Venaforce but it felt like my legs were tightening and they really hurt so I had to stop taking these tablets. Please help.





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    This is the only field that I can find with the meansion of veins. I don't have varicose veins, just really blue noticable veins that run across my breasts. It's quite emarassing sometime because you can see them from quite far away and in the dark too! My boyfriend doesnt mind but I do, and as I'm going abroad with him I want to be able to wear a bikini and feel good about my breasts as apart from the veins they're great!! I hope there is something that can be done, or some really amazing long lasting waterproof concealer!! Thanks





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    I am 33yrs old and after having my first child I have had spider veins and v.veins appear from my both my feet right up to my thighs. I have watched the video with April having laser surgery, it does look very appealing. Please could you let me know how if your thread veins are still as visable as before your treatment.Many Thanks

    hi im 38 and suffer from both spider veins and varicose veins on both legs . i had loads of varicose veins remove in my early twentys. i would love to be able to wear a skirt but not able to with the amount i have also my legs swell up alot as the day go on.where would i be able to get the spider veins removed please.





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    I'm hardly an expert, but the only thing that comes to mind as a possibility is hemorrhoids. They're varicose veins around the anus, and can feel kind of lumpy. They can be kind of itchy and painful too. If that sounds a little like what you have, you may want to do some googling on the subject for more info.

    I keep seeing all these posts where the writer has had their veins stripped or treated in some way. I go swimming every week and suffer huge embarrassment every time. I have never seen anybody at the pool with veins that bulge, let alone with veins as bad as my own. I went to the doctor and showed her the veins where they go all the way up my legs and ACROSS my thigh, under my buttock and over - they all bulge, they are all twisted and they are all very obvious - my doctor said I would not get them treated by the NHS because they are not bad enough! How do other people get them treated???? Please help.





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    Hi I watched the programme last night re the thread veins, I couldnt believe it when I saw that consultant make the ladies veins disappear. I feel the same way about my legs. I hate them all I can see is veins on my ankles, knees and thighs. I look like I am 70 not 40. Did anyone get the name of the consultant as I would like to see him to see what he can do for me.





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    i have bad lumpy and prominent veins on both my legs. my doc said it was cosmetic for me and was not interested.they really ache and itch and are unsightly it makes me depressed as i can not wear skirts,shorts etc and cannot take my kids swimming! i cannot even wear 3quarter length trousers as it is on my ankle also i am only 42 and this has been going on for many years! its really depressing can you help?





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    hi, i have had varicose veins removed ova 16yrs ago but since thn had problems with thm and thread veins, spider veins! i have recently had tattoo on my thigh as wanted go on holiday and was so embarrassed had it tattooed! altho stil very embarassed as cant afford more tattoo at present!!!:(

    I'm 33 years old and i have varicose veins i also got a foot ulcer due to my veins i have had loads of tests done and on the scan they said they can't give me an operation because all of my valves are not working even in the deep veins so they say they can't do nothing for me apart from wearing stockings for the rest of my life and i will always suffer from ulcers.is there anything else that can be done as in like operation wise





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    Hi I got vein injections 3 years ago but legs now covered in small blue veins and leg eczema that wont clear. GP gives me cream but they keep coming back and very itchy. NHS wont treat my veins and they are very painful at times. Private is expensive. some of veins really starting to show.





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    UM the only thing I can thing is that doctors didnt cut those veins very well, or is just pshicologycal bcs when I have it I thought oh I have on the right one too,but I didnt have on the right one so it was on my mind only. also my veins never grow again on my left so is hard to think how this is happenning to you.if I were you I would take a lot of time at least a couple years to make sure those veins are really growing is that is happening then you should see a urologist.

    I am a psychiatric nurse and on my feet for long hours. I have varicose veins on my calf. They are lumpy, itch and ache. They keep me awake at night and I have not been able to wear a dress for years. I am in my early 50's and a size 10/12. I would give anything to be able to wear a dress and get a night's sleep.





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