Varicose Eczema

Varicose eczema, also known as venous eczema or gravitational eczema, is a type of eczema (chronic skin condition) that affects the legs. 

Varicose eczema usually occurs in the skin over and around varicose veins.

 CAUSES—

Faulty valves in varicose veins,  allow blood to flow in the wrong direction and henceforth, skin with stasis eczema appears weakened

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS–

  1. Skin become brownish, bruised, contain red spots, and be ulcerated, and swollen.
  2. In more severe cases, the skin develops open sores, blisters, itching, thickening of skin, and painful patches
  3. More serious stasis eczema results in oozing skin, crusty areas, and skin ulcers.

Treatment

  1. Focus on a healthy heart
  2. Wear elastic support hose to reduce the swelling and improve circulation.
  3. Staying off one’s feet or occasionally elevating the feet also reduces swelling.
  4. Cortisone and moisturizing creams
  5. Compression stockings or corticosteroid treatments for serious cases.

 

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