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Enlargement of veins related to heat

05/20/2009

Question:

I am a thin 41 year old woman. Over the last year I`ve noticed that temperatures above 80 degrees cause the veins in my hands to become very large and somewhat uncomfortable. (its always starts with the right hand) I`ve also noticed this after taking a hot bath. I try to avoid heat as it also causes my muscles to feel achy. Is this a normal part of aging or should I have it checked out by a doctor? If so, what kind of doctor deals with this? Thanks.

Answer:

Hello. Heat can cause veins to dilate. This is absolutely normal. Take care!

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Amy B Reed, MD Amy B Reed, MD
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