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Teenager. Blue veins in different patterns all over the body. Recovering from anorexia. Veins due to underweight?

Hi, I am a 16 year old female and have recently noticed that blue veins seem to be covering my body. They are slightly visible all over my legs. There is a web-like patch on my hip, breasts, and chest. There are faint veins on my temples and jawline. I also have bright blue lines all down my arms but I've had these for a long time so they aren't too much of a problem. I am recently recovering from anorexia. I am 5 feet 7 inches tall and 106 pounds (still recovering) Could being underweight be the cause of these prominent veins? Will they go away as I continue to gain weight? I am not fair skinned and I have a very healthy diet and I do very mild exercise, (mostly walking). I don't believe these are spider or varicose veins because they do not hurt nor stick out. (they only stick out on my feet and hands, any suggestions for these?) I would really love to know what this is all about and if they there is any way to lessen/get rid of the appearance of these pesky veins. Thanks very much!
Asked On : Sat, 25 May 2013
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Psychiatrist 's  Response
Jun 2013
Hi there ~

I understand your concerns. When you are anorexic and are of caucasian origin it is not unusual to have blue veins that appear prominent. Once your regain your lost weight or start gaining weight they will gradually lessen and your will appear normal. I would like you to distract yourself from the veins and focus more on the weight gaining part and becoming healthy. The veins will ultimately go away. I hope this helps. Take care and have a lovely day!
Answered: Sat, 25 May 2013
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