How To Know If You Have Varicose Eczema: Signs and Symptoms of Venous Eczema

How To Know If You Have Varicose Eczema: Signs and Symptoms of Venous Eczema


If you are watching this video, I presume
you have a skin rash and you are concerned that you have varicose eczema and that it
might turn into a leg ulcer. In this video I will tell you what you need to look for,
what features are strongly suggestive of varicose eczema and what you should do about it.
First of all, let me make an important point right at the start. Eczema is not a diagnosis.
It is in fact a reaction of the skin to a number sources of inflammation. For example,
some irritants such as harsh soaps, detergents and bubble baths cause eczema, environmental
factors such as house dust, pollen and pet fur can cause it as well as food allergies,
certain types of clothing and infections. In all cases when the skin becomes inflamed,
it reacts in exactly the same way – it becomes red and itchy. To begin with, the skin may
be weepy and oozing but as time goes by the skin becomes thickened and pigmented. So if the appearance of the skin does not
tell us what the cause of the redness and itchiness is, how can you tell if you have
varicose eczema? Well, the main clue is the site of the eczema, that is specifically where
it is on your body. Varicose eczema only develops on the lower legs below the knees. I have
never seen cases affecting any other part of the body. In fact, I have never seen varicose
eczema extend to involve the skin of the knee. So you have eczema affecting other parts of
your body is not varicose eczema. Now here’s a catch, if you do not have varicose veins,
but you have eczema affecting your legs above or near the ankles and nowhere else, you may
still have varicose eczema. Now, this point is so important it is worth repeating just
to be clear. Varicose eczema can occur without varicose veins. So what exactly is varicose
eczema? Well in my opinion the correct definition would be an inflammatory
reaction of the skin caused by a defect in the leg vein circulation – vein malfunction
– and a better term would be venous eczema. This should be regarded as a damaging inflammation
of the skin caused by a leg vein problem or malfunction either in the superficial veins,
deep veins or the connecting veins. Varicose veins on the surface near the skin may or
may not be visible. So what should you do? Well as you probably
know if the damage is allowed to continue, a leg ulcer may develop and to rectify the
leg vein malfunction , you will need a duplex ultrasound scan of your leg veins to see exactly
what the problem and what can be done about it. So here are my top tips. If you have,
red, itchy skin around or above your ankles and nowhere else, suspect venous eczema, seek
medical advice and request a duplex ultrasound scan even if you don’t have varicose veins.
I still see many people with this condition who are not diagnosed or treated properly
so it really is up to you. If you would like more information about venous
eczema visit our website or request our free information fact sheet on venous eczema. In
addition, if you would like to request a consultation and scan give us a call.

10 Comments

  • Uno Carb says:

    I need a scan bad but American healthcare is so in the toilet its impossible!

  • Linda Tarron says:

    Please can you tell me if sunshine improves the condition?

  • ANoteToSelf says:

    Thank you for helping me rule this out!

  • #1 MATMAN says:

    I showed my doctors my stained feet he says does it hurt I say not sure because I'm diabetic n think the stinging pings could be from that he says if it dont hurt its fine. No lie 😂🤔🙏🙏🙏🙏

  • Janis Cass says:

    I have only had this problem becoz they pu r me on a certain pill I had a reaction to it for a year I was admitted to hospital couldn't breath that continued on or a year. and now tbes have appeared over a couple of m I mnths and getting worse. thank u for the honest and insteS if getting palmed off.

  • Sharon Barnes says:

    I have been self-diagnosed with varicose veins, venous insufficiency, and varicose eczema for quite some time but did not go to the doctor because of lack of insurance. I recently got insurance with the VA as a result of my husband being declared a 100% disabled veteran. So I made an appointment with a vein specialist and had my first visit where she verified my diagnosis and recommended I go from the light to moderate compression socks. The insurance does not allow any other procedures until I have worn the moderate compression socks for 3 months. At that time I am scheduled for a duplex ultrasound and discuss further treatment. My varicose eczema is just below my ankle of my inner left foot. It started out on the opposite side of my foot along the edge of my heal and also on the end of my big toe. Those two areas have cleared up on their own and now I have it on my inner side of my foot. I also get what looks like a rash or tiny blisters on my hands and fingers. I had one doctor tell me that it is a reaction to the problem on my foot (although at the time, he thought it was foot fungus and I don't have a lot of faith in his diagnostic abilities). I had this on my hands over a year ago and battled it for months, then it suddenly went away. But now it is back with a vengeance. It does not hurt or itch at all. But it is very annoying and ugly. Could this be related to the varicose eczema on my foot? Or is this totally unrelated? Possibly an allergy or something?

  • RxTechLA says:

    My question is, if you wear knee high compression stockings often and have the rash right under the knee can that be the vericose eczema. I have been recently been diagnosed with venous reflux. This area on my leg that hurts the most itches so badly occasionally and has a blotchy purple appearance, many people ask me if it's a bruise.

  • Anto Ma says:

    Trust me "I'm a doctor"….

  • James Dziendziel says:

    but what if the duplex ultrasound is normal?

  • Ricky D says:

    can u die from this.

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