Complications Of Varicose Veins: Skin Rashes & Eczema
When the leg veins just below the surface of the skin fail to function properly and keep blood pumping efficiently towards the heart, the resultant backward blood flow raises the pressure in the veins and distends the veins leading to the appearance of visible varicose and spider veins. Over time, the raised pressure within varicose veins can cause an inflammatory response in the skin. In some patients, this inflammation of the skin will lead to an assortment of skin rashes and eczema.
Referred to as venous eczema or venous stasis dermatitis, the leg rashes caused by varicose veins can become extremely itchy and irritated. The rash may cause symptoms such as:
- Itching and burning
- Brown discoloration
- Swollen or irritated skin
- Dry or flaky skin
- Crusty or scaly skin
- Tenderness or tightness
The symptoms of the leg rash may subside for periods of time, but tend to recur. In some patients, a skin rash from varicose veins is a chronic and progressive condition. In others, these may progress to open sores or leg ulcers, which are very painful and difficult to treat.
Treatment For Varicose Eczema
While rashes or eczema from varicose veins tend to be a long-term problem, there are treatments that can help keep symptoms under control. For most people, treatment involves a combination of:
- Topical steroid ointments
- Compression stockings
The necessary and most effective treatment, however, is to treat the varicose veins that are the root cause of the rash and eczema. There are many options for treating diseased veins and most procedures are performed in less than an hour in a doctor’s office and are typically covered by insurance.
You don’t need to suffer from rashes, itchiness, swelling, or heaviness in your legs any longer. Dr. Douglass and the staff at East Tennessee Vein Clinic are solely dedicated to the treatment of varicose veins, and lead the region in experience and expertise of vein treatments. We treat veins differently than other clinics because of our comprehensive attention to treating the root cause and full extent of each patient’s vein disease. Vein treatment is all we do, every day, all day, since 2001.
East Tennessee Vein Clinic is offering free screenings for varicose veins through September.