Did You Know Skin Conditions Can Be Linked to Varicose Veins?

Varicose Veins

If you’ve struggled with varicose veins in the past, you understand how these twisted, unsightly veins near the surface of your skin can negatively impact your life. They can make you feel self-conscious and they can cause symptoms such as leg heaviness, itching or burning. But did you know that certain skin conditions can also be linked to varicose veins?

Luckily most skin conditions caused by varicose veins cases can be improved by varicose veins treatment. Here’s what you need to know about the dermatologic impact of varicose veins.

Varicose Veins and Stasis Dermatitis

Varicose veins are caused by a buildup of fluid in “dependent” areas of your body, such as your legs. Usually, the fluid circulating throughout your body is encouraged back up to the heart by the work of one-way valves in your veins. However, when these one-way valves in your veins become less functional, fluid stops moving as efficiently through your circulation, and it starts to pool. This “stasis,” or lack of efficient flow, can lead to skin changes known as stasis dermatitis or varicose eczema. You may experience a color change in the skin of your lower legs and feet. Your skin may become red, thickened, flaky and more fragile.

Varicose Veins and Skin Ulcers

In much the same way that varicose veins are connected to stasis dermatitis, they are also connected to skin ulcers. When fluid pools in your lower legs, it can cause skin changes that can ultimately lead to the breakdown of your skin. An ulcer may start as skin discoloration—such as reddened or brown skin. Then, you may notice that the area becomes larger or causes pain. Eventually, if the area cannot heal on its own, the skin may break down. This may cause a shallow wound known as an ulcer.

Varicose Veins and Psoriasis

Psoriasis is an uncomfortable, itchy autoimmune skin condition that scientists believe is caused by inflammation. In fact, some researchers have found a possible connection between the inflammation caused by varicose veins and related conditions and psoriasis.

Seeking Varicose Vein Treatment

If you have varicose veins, our providers are here to help. Contact us at The Vein Institute of Hunterdon for an evaluation today. A varicose veins treatment may help improve your skin conditions and improve the function and appearance of varicose veins at the same time.