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Treating Varicose Vein Eczema and Those Pesky, Itchy Symptoms

October 5, 2020 • • varicose veinsvein treatment

For those who have varicose vein eczema, you may be wondering how to treat the itchy symptoms without making your varicose veins worse. Luckily, that is not a difficult task. Here are some tips below.

Reasons Why Your Varicose Veins Are Itchy

Varicose veins are known for being swollen and bluish, but they’re not just a cosmetic problem. These veins can also become Itchy and uncomfortable over time. This occurs due to a condition known as venous stasis dermatitis or varicose eczema. When you have this condition, there isn’t enough oxygen getting to your skin, which leads to symptoms, such as itchiness, redness, sores, and scaliness.

How Varicose Eczema Forms

Varicose eczema forms when you have damaged blood vessels. Blood isn’t able to flow freely through varicose veins. Instead, blood pools inside these veins and spreads out to the surrounding skin. This results in inflammation and makes it harder for your skin to receive enough oxygen. When this happens, you can end up with itchy varicose veins, as well as redness and other symptoms in the affected area.

Ways to Treat the Symptoms

What can you do about the symptoms of varicose vein eczema? When you have itchy skin due to this condition, you can find relief in different ways. For example, applying a medicated cream to the affected area might help relieve your symptoms. However, these corticosteroid creams are only used for temporary relief. Other medications, such as antihistamines, might also be used to help ease itchy veins. You might also need antibiotics if you develop infected sores from this condition. These treatment methods are only used to ease symptoms of varicose eczema. They don’t address the cause of this problem, which means you might not find long-term relief using these methods.

Treating the Source of the Problem

While you can relieve symptoms of varicose eczema, this usually only lasts for a short time. Treating the source of the problem, which is varicose veins, can provide you with long-term relief from itchiness and other venous eczema symptoms. When you meet with a vein specialist  in South Florida, you can go over the different treatment options that are available for varicose veins. Some of these options include laser ablation, foam sclerotherapy, ambulatory microphlebectomy, and ultrasound guided chemical ablation.
  • Laser ablation involves placing a laser fiber into the affected vein in order to close it off. This prevents blood from being able to get inside it.
  • Ambulatory microphlebectomy involves making several small incisions in order to remove larger varicose veins.
  • Ultrasound guided chemical ablation involves injecting a chemical into the affected vein using ultrasound guidance. The vein is then sealed to stop blood from entering it.
  • Foam sclerotherapy involves injecting a solution into the affected vein in order to seal it. This helps prevent blood from flowing into the treated vein.

Contact Us at The Kimmel Institute

If you need treatment for varicose vein eczema, please contact The Kimmel Institute to schedule an appointment. When you come in for a visit, you can meet our vein physicians in Florida to discuss treatment options. We offer treatments in South Florida, including Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach. You can also view our before and after images to see how effective are vein treatments are.  

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