Spontaneous bleeding from veins in the leg and close to the surface of the skin can occur due to untreated vein disease. The bleeding results from high pressure in superficial veins caused by venous insufficiency. The veins and skin weaken over time, and if the affected area receives even a slight injury, one that ordinarily would not be expected to break the skin, the vein may rupture and bleed a substantial amount. This also may occur after bathing, which softens the skin and dilates the veins close to the skin 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.