What Can Cause a Blown Vein and How to Treat It
It occurs when something goes wrong when inserting a needle into a vein, and the vein cannot be used for blood draws or IV catheters until it heals.
Blown vein vs. collapsed vein
A collapsed vein is one that has caved in, meaning blood can no longer flow freely through it. A vein is blown when a needle is inserted into one side and exits the other. This can happen for a variety of reasons.
Using the wrong size needle
Tell your nurse if you’ve had problems with specific veins in the past. Veins come in a variety of sizes, and needles come in a variety of sizes as well. It’s critical for a nurse to select the best vein available and determine the correct needle size for that vein.
Wrong angle or ‘fishing’
If a vein cannot be entered on the first attempt, it is critical not to move the needle around in search of another vein. A needle must be inserted at the correct angle, not too shallow or too deep, or a blown vein will result.
Some veins are thicker and tougher than others, and they can bounce or roll away as the healthcare provider tries to insert the needle. The needle may puncture the vein but not get all the way in before the vein rolls, causing the vein to blow.
Long-term IV drug use
In addition to repeated needle insertion, IV drug use can damage veins and cause scar tissue to form, which can be permanent, making accessing functioning veins difficult. Research shows that heroin’s acidity, as well as repeated needle insertion, can damage veins. It can also happen if you have a substance abuse problem and use needles.
Our veins become more fragile and less stable as we age, and they can roll around under the skin during IV insertion, increasing the risk of a vein blowing. If needle insertion causes swelling and bruising, you have a blown vein. Bruising should lighten within a few days, and disappear completely within 10 to 12 days.
How do you know if you popped a vein?
Discolored skin around the injection site, bruising, and swelling are all signs of a blown vein.
How long does it take a vein to heal?
You may be at risk of collapsed veins or infections if you don’t let your veins heal. Rotating your veins, where you let one spot heal while using another, is often recommended. A vein usually takes a couple of days to heal.
How do you heal a bruised vein?
Treatment at home
- Rest and protect a bruised area.
- Ice will help reduce pain and swelling.
- Compression, or wrapping the bruised area with an elastic bandage (such as an Ace wrap), will help reduce swelling.
- Elevate the bruised area on pillows while applying ice and whenever you are sitting or lying down.
What does a popped blood vessel look like?
The blood vessels in our eyes are very small and delicate, and when they break, blood sits beneath the clear tissue that covers the white of the eye, called the conjunctiva.
Is a popped blood vessel bad?
The most obvious sign of a subconjunctival hemorrhage for most patients is a bright red patch on the white area of the eye; however, despite its appearance, the broken blood vessel should not cause any pain, changes in vision, or discharge from the eye.
Does a blown vein repair itself?
A blown vein is typically a minor injury that does not require medical attention; however, it is critical that the vein not be used again until it has healed, as a blown vein can collapse and prevent blood flow. Collapsed veins can heal, but some never do.
How can I repair my veins naturally?
If you have varicose veins, you can use the following home remedies to help manage your symptoms and manage your condition:
- Compression stockings.
- Plant extracts.
- Dietary changes.
- Eat more flavonoids.
- Herbal remedies.
- Non-restrictive clothing.
How do you repair damaged veins?
To remove or close a damaged vein, Dr. Banda may recommend sclerotherapy or endovenous ablation, both of which are minimally invasive procedures that treat damaged veins by preventing blood from accumulating there. Sclerotherapy is a popular treatment for varicose veins and spider veins.
Does massaging a bruise help?
Instead of massaging or rubbing the injury to break more blood vessels, wait for the pain and swelling to subside and apply ice as needed.
How do you know when a bruise is serious?
If bruising occurs frequently or for no apparent reason, or if a bruise is painful and occurs under a toenail or fingernail, consult a doctor. Consult a doctor if a bruise does not improve within two weeks or does not clear completely after three or four weeks.
Does toothpaste reduce bruising?
However, dermatologists warn that peppermint oil can irritate the skin, and toothpaste may contain even more potentially irritating ingredients. If you really want to soothe bruised skin, aloe vera may be a better option, though it won’t remove the bruise.
How long does a popped blood vessel last?
Even a strong sneeze or cough can cause a blood vessel in the eye to burst, and you don’t need to treat it. Your symptoms may be concerning, but a subconjunctival hemorrhage is usually a harmless condition that goes away in two weeks or less.
Can you wear contacts with a popped blood vessel?
However, even if the blood inside the vessel disappears, the blood vessel itself may remain, preventing you from wearing contact lenses. It may be possible to choose a higher oxygen content permeable lens to allow you to resume wearing contact lenses.
Can crying pop a blood vessel?
Petechiae appear as a rash when superficial blood vessels under the skin break. Physical trauma, such as a violent coughing fit, prolonged vomiting, or excessive crying, is the most common cause of petechiae. This type of trauma can cause facial petechiae, particularly around the eyes.