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Itchy Skin, Eczema and Varicose Veins

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Do you suffer from persistent itching of your legs that keeps you from enjoying life? If so you may have lost hope that things can be better. That is a shame because it is usually a sign of skin sensitivity or allergies and a visit to your dermatologist is all you need. However, it may surprise you and your doctor that leg itching and even scaly skin on the shins and ankles can be a sign of venous insufficiency and varicose veins.

Itchy Skin and Varicose Veins: A Common Combination

One of the symptoms of venous insufficiency is unexplained leg itching. There are many reasons for this, including:

  1. Inflammation: The body releases a cascade of events led by your white blood cells and the immune system, as a result of your vein disease.. Unchecked this response leads to an inflammatory reaction.
  2. Histamine: As your body reacts to the inflammation, your immune system releases histamine. Essentially, your body’s “allergic” response to the varicose veins can cause your itching.
  3. Fluid Leaks: Like pipes, veins can spring leaks. As the pressure builds up due to blockage or poor circulation, varicose veins may leak blood and extracellular fluid into surrounding tissue including your skin. This not only causes itching but may also lead to skin changes officially known as stasis dermatitis, or venous eczema.

Eczema and Varicose Veins

If your skin is scaly, thickened, itchy, and inflamed, you may suffer from eczema. This chronic skin condition is common and has many causes and options for treatment. However, if you have visible varicose veins, spider veins, leg swelling and/or skin changes, you have vein disease. If you have vein disease the treatment goes beyond more common recommendations from your dermatologist for eczema and you should be seen by a vein specialist.

After all, bleach baths and thick creams aren’t going to address the root cause of your eczema flares if you have varicose veins. If you have vein disease you will likely notice some of these key skin changes, including:

  • Skin thickening and inflammation
  • Red or darkened patches
  • Skin breakdown or ulcers
  • Scales and flaking
  • Persistent itching
  • Leg swelling

 

In addition to the rash, you may also notice a few other symptoms of venous congestion, such as:

  • Heavy, aching legs
  • Leg cramps
  • Visible varicose or spider veins

 

→ You may also be interested in reading about Varicose Veins in Your 20s, or watch the video below.

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How to Treat Venous Eczema

Eczema itching is maddening, especially as treatments mostly focus on controlling symptoms and take months or even years to control. However, if your primary cause is venous disease, we can treat the underlying varicose veins while helping you manage eczema symptoms.

Managing Eczema Symptoms

To manage the itching causing your eczema symptoms, dermatologists recommend a few different protocols, including topical steroids, thick moisturizing creams, and gentle, hypoallergenic cleansers. In some cases, bleach bath therapy is also recommended. It’s important to keep the rash moisturized while avoiding irritants like sweat. Some fabrics may also cause irritation, so white cotton socks are recommended.

Vein Evaluations to Determine the Existence of Varicose Veins

If the underlying cause of your eczema is vein disease, your skin changes are called ‘stasis dermatitis’. If you have the above signs and symptoms but aren’t sure if you have varicose veins, you should have your legs evaluated. If you have visible veins it’s easy to make a diagnosis. But not all varicose veins are visible; some can hide deep in the legs, wrecking havoc. That is why we recommend an evaluation with a vein who can diagnose your problem and provide you with personalized treatment options.

Treating Varicose Veins Also Treats Venous Eczema

When we treat your varicose veins, the diseased veins stop contributing to your uncomfortable, persistent rash. This alone is worth a trip to Vein Specialists of the South for an evaluation. However, treating your venous disease also improves your overall quality of life and physical health as it:

  • Improves overall circulation
  • Reduces unexplained leg pain and discomfort
  • May reduce the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT, blood clots)

How We Treat Varicose Veins

At Vein Specialists of the South we listen to your concerns and create a personal plan to provide what you want delivered with wow service. We are committed to helping you achieve your goals of improving your leg health by offering lifestyle changes and minimally invasive procedures in one of our three convenient Georgia vein specialists clinic locations.

Lifestyle changes, include our Better Veins for Life principles:

  1. Increased exercise to improve circulation
  2. Weight loss to reduce strain on the legs and veins
  3. Compression stockings to enhance circulation
  4. Avoiding high heels, which place a strain on the legs and veins
  5. Daily leg elevation to aid blood flow from the feet and legs to the heart

 

Minimally invasive treatments for varicose veins:

  1. Endovenous Closure using heat to seal refluxing saphenous veins.
  2. Venaseal medical grade glue to seal saphenous veins.
  3. Varithena medical grade foam sclerosants for saphenous vein reflux.
  4. Micro-phlebectomy removal of bulging varicose veins.
  5. Cosmetic sclerotherapy for spider veins.

 

By implementing our conservative principles combined with your daily eczema routine, you should begin to notice improvement with your eczema symptoms. If your conservative plan helps, we offer treatments for your underlying varicose veins. The timing of treatment largely depends on the severity of your condition.

As leaders in the field of phlebology, we offer the best options for vein care and promise to recommend the right treatment at the right time. Our treatments philosophy includes correcting the underlying source of your vein disease, and visible bulging varicose veins and unsightly spider veins. Your minimally invasive office based care offers ‘walk in walk out’ procedures performed under gentle local anesthesia with ‘little to no down time’.

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Why Choose Vein Specialists of the South for Varicose Vein Treatment in Georgia?

When choosing a vein specialist, we understand what is important to you. You want someone who listens to your concerns and wants to help you live a full and healthy life. You want a team dedicated to excellence in vein care and in providing you WOW service. You want to have confidence that your team is here to provide the right procedure to the right patient at the right time. You want someone with the experience and expertise to meet your needs.

Vein Specialists of the South promises to listen to you and provide what you want to get your life back. At VSS you will be treated like part of the family. Patients tell us that our team work and WOW service makes their care extra special.

Vein Specialists of the South is the area’s first and only practice solely dedicated to vein care. We have been at the forefront of advanced vein care for over 25 years. Dr. Harper and the VSS team performed the first minimally invasive endovenous closure procedure in Georgia in January 2000. Our vein specialists surgeons, specialty physician assistants, nurse practitioners and nurses are here to serve you along with our registered vascular ultrasound technologist and medical and business team are here to serve you.

Our team not only treats venous disease; we teach other surgeons, physicians, and nurses how to treat venous disease, too. And our practice is often the first to offer cutting edge, minimally invasive procedures for patients like you.

If you suspect you have venous disease, or if you have unexplained leg symptoms which cause you concern, call today and speak with one of our team members about your options for a vein evaluation and care. We have three convenient locations in Downtown Macon, Warner Robins, and South Atlanta, Georgia. If you are not ready for an in office appointment we offer virtual telehealth appointments for added convenience.

Contact Vein Specialists of the South today to get started on the path toward Better Veins for Life.

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