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Varicose Eczema: 10 Commonest Questions asked and the Answers

Varicose eczema is a serious and common condition and at the VeinCare Centre we frequently get asked questions about it. In this video, I am going to cover the 10 commonest questions we get asked and I will give you our answers.

  1. What is varicose eczema? The term varicose eczema is in fact a misnomer and it is very misleading. This condition is neither an eczema — a skin problem- nor is it caused by varicose veins. The term arose before we fully understood the true nature of the problem. So varicose eczema can develop … Continue reading »

Endovenous Laser Treatment – A Live Demonstration

Endothermal Ablation. During endothermal ablation, the veins affected by reflux are treated from the inside with heat energy.  I perform this under local anaesthetic under ultrasound guidance. With an ultrasound probe on the skin, the unhealthy vein is located and the skin overlying the vein is numbed with local anaesthetic and then a small needle is inserted into this vein. Through the needle a fine catheter is inserted into the vein and advanced along the vein under the skin and positioned accurately to the site where the superficial vein joins the deep vein, confirmed by ultrasound. The vein is then … Continue reading »

New for 2018: The Comprehensive Review of Varicose Veins, Varicose Eczema, Leg Ulcers, Hand Veins

Comprehensive Review of All Aspects of Lower Limb Vein Conditions.

Everyone knows that venous disease is common and important. The Bonn Vein Study is one of the largest and most quoted medical studies looking at how common venous disease is. It looked at over 3000 adults: the participants completed a questionnaire, they were examined carefully and they underwent an ultrasound scan. They were allocated into one of 7 classes. C0 being a completely normal assessment with no signs of vein abnormality all the way to C6 which is an open leg ulcer. There are … Continue reading »

What is the best treatment for varicose veins?

National Guidance on the Treatment of Varicose Veins

In 2013, The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence – NICE- published clinical guideline CG168 and stated that patients with varicose veins should be referred to a vascular service – a team of healthcare professionals who have the skills to undertake a full clinical and duplex ultrasound assessment and who can provide the full range of treatment options.

NICE recommends:

  • Endothermal ablation should be the first option
  • Ultrasound Guided Foam Sclerotherapy the second option
  • Surgery is now the last resort.

During endothermal ablation, the veins affected by … Continue reading »

What is the cause of Varicose Veins, Varicose Eczema and Leg Ulcers?

Although surface varicose veins are pretty obvious, the cause of varicose veins is deeper under the skin. It is a problem called superficial venous reflux.

That is a defect in the one-way valves that keep blood flowing in the correct direction. Venous valves are delicate folds in the lining of the vein that open and close keeping blood flowing in the correct direction. In the legs, healthy vein valves direct blood from the foot upwards back towards the heart. When the one-way valves in the veins do not work properly, gravity can pull the blood downwards … Continue reading »

The Best Treatment for Spider Veins

Experts agree that Microsclerotherapy is the best treatment for thread veins and spider veins on the legs. In this video, Catharine McGuinness, a vascular specialist at the VeinCare Centre demonstrates the treatment.

Microsclerotherapy is a medical treatment that involves injecting a prescription medicine called a sclerosant directly into the spider veins. Don’t worry, it’s not painful: an ultra-fine needle is used, only slightly bigger than a human hair, which you can barely feel. The technique requires good illumination and magnification.

 

The sclerosant works by removing the lining of the vein almost instantly (this is also not … Continue reading »

Varicose Eczema without Varicose Veins – A Important Lesson

Did you know, that you can develop varicose eczema without any varicose veins? It’s important, because, if you have a rash on your calf, near your ankle, you may be at risk of ulceration without even knowing it.

Superficial venous reflux is a condition which commonly affects the legs. It is characterised by a failure of the one way valves in the veins under the skin. The delicate folds in the vein lining do not meet and blood can travel backwards down the vein in the wrong direction. The commonest problem that arises is the appearance of varicose veins. But other … Continue reading »

12 Years With Varicose Eczema: Shocking Lessons

Last month, I met a patient with varicose eczema who really shocked me. She had suffered with this condition for 12 years and nothing had been done. Sadly, the condition is often misdiagnosed and neglected but this is not what shocked me in her case.

I first met Anne when she accompanied her daughter to my clinic. In fact it was her daughter who had an appointment to see me as she had varicose veins with phlebitis. During her daughter’s consultation, Anne who was in the waiting area started chatting with our clinic nurse and she commented that she had a … Continue reading »

How To Cure A Leg Ulcer

The majority of leg ulcers are caused by vein problems, well over 80% in fact and in most cases the cause is superficial vein reflux. This is important to know as leg ulcers can be cured by the correct treatment.

Recently, I met a lady who developed varicose veins and then over the years, the skin changed, a condition called varicose eczema. If you have watched any of my videos, you will know that varicose eczema is the precursor of a leg ulcer, it is a warning sign that the skin is being damaged and that is vulnerable. Sadly, despite seeing … Continue reading »

5 Things About Veins That Are Not True

There are Five Common “Lies” or “Myths” that even your family doctor may believe.

There is a lot of nonsense talked about veins and I’m going to tell you the commonest 5 myths about varicose veins. The first myth is that pregnancy causes varicose veins. This is simply wrong. Varicose veins may appear in pregnancy for the first time if there is a pre-disposition to a condition called superficial venous reflux in which the valves are unhealthy. Many men as well as women who have not had children are affected by varicose veins. The latest research suggests that almost as many … Continue reading »