What Is Varicose Eczema?

Eczema is a condition that causes the skin to become dry and irritated. There are various types of eczema. At Medicus Vein Care, we see the one that occurs in people with varicose veins and other vein conditions, called varicose eczema, or stasis dermatitis. It’s a chronic inflammation that, like all types of eczema, causes itching, scaling and redness around the varicose veins, most often around the legs and ankles. It may look like a rash and can be painful.

If varicose eczema worsens, there may be cracking and oozing. This can cause bacteria to enter the body, which can lead to more serious problems such as infections like cellulitis and even venous ulcers. People with these more serious symptoms should seek medical attention as quickly as possible.

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How Does Varicose Eczema Relate to Vein Problems?

To understand how varicose eczema develops, it’s important to remember what causes varicose veins. When people have varicose veins, the valves in the leg veins aren’t working properly. The blood can’t fight gravity to make its way back up the body as it’s supposed to. In addition to pushing on the walls of the veins, causing them to expand, the poorly-circulating blood pools in the lower legs and ankles. It also sometimes leaks into the surrounding tissue.

This can impact the skin if the venous disease is not treated. The eczema is the result of your immune system reacting to the leakage. By treating the varicose veins, a vein specialist will relieve the eczema.

How is Varicose Eczema Treated?

While topical corticosteroids and moisturizers can reduce some of the dryness, itching and other symptoms of varicose eczema, they won’t treat the underlying issue. Proper diagnosis and treatment of your venous disease is necessary to treat venous eczema – and for your overall health.

At Medicus Veincare, we offer a wide variety of treatment options for varicose veins using the latest technology available. They are minimally invasive, virtually painless and require no downtime. For vein removal in Palm Beach County, call or contact us online today to schedule a free consultation. We can recommend the best treatment options for your needs.

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