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Skin Discoloration

In addition to varicose veins, someone who has severe Chronic Venous Disease (CVD) can develop other problems with their legs.

Skin Changes and Ulcerations

Untreated varicose veins can lead to chronic skin changes and eventually progress to venous stasis ulcerations. Skin changes are secondary to inflammation from static venous flow. The skin inflammation can appear red, thickened, and eventually dark brown. If left untreated, ulcers can develop. Because the integrity of the skin is impaired, an infection(cellulitis) can ensue.

Another problem that people with severe CVD can develop is skin changes of the lower legs, usually around the ankles. This is called “Stasis Dermatitis” or “Venous Eczema”.

These skin changes are caused by inflammation of the skin that develops as a result of bad circulation, as seen in CVD. The skin can look darker than usual, or it can look red and irritated. The skin can also get thick and rough. These skin changes are usually seen in the lower legs because that’s where the backed up blood pools. The irritated skin can be quite painful and itchy. The involved skin is unhealthy and is at risk of developing even bigger problems, including infections and ulcerations. These problems can be serious. In some cases, they can lead to amputation.

When a patient has any of these findings, it is important to identify and treat the CVD to prevent even more serious complications.

At Vein Specialists of Illinois, we customize a treatment plan that will prevent this complication. Skin changes are halted and healthy circulation is restored.

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