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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 »

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 »

How Common Are Varicose Veins?

Many people are affected by vein conditions. But just how common are they?

 

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 3 striking findings from this study. … 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 »

Varicose Veins Complications

In this post, I will cover the major complications of varicose veins.

The medical complications are

    • Phlebitis
    • Varicose Eczema
    • Leg Ulcers
    • Deep Vein Thrombosis. .

Phlebitis should really be called Superficial Vein Thrombophlebitis. In this condition, thrombus or clot formation is the main concern and threat. In Superficial Vein Thrombophlebitis there is thrombus – or clot – in the superficial vein, and inflammation in the tissue surrounding the vein. Often, a tubular-shaped lump can be felt which is red, tender and painful. The most frequently affected vein is the saphenous vein on the inner … Continue reading »

The Best Treatment for Varicose Veins

Its official and experts agree: endothermal ablation is the best treatment for varicose veins, varicose eczema and leg ulceration.

In the video below, Catharine McGuinness, a vascular specialist at the VeinCare Centre demonstrates the treatment.¬†Over 50% of us will be affected by a vein condition such as varicose veins, varicose eczema or leg ulceration. In most cases, they are caused by a fault in the one-way valves of the superficial veins that lie just under the skin which causes down flow of blood in the wrong direction, a condition called superficial venous reflux. The most commonly affected vein is the Great … Continue reading »

Hand Varicose Veins

Hand Veins: True varicose veins on the hand caused by a serious underlying health problem are rare. They may be caused by an obstruction of the deep veins of the arm, for example by a deep vein thrombosis or by compression of the deep veins by a cervical rib (an extra rib in the neck) but in the vast majority of cases, the arm and hand veins function normally and they look prominent because the person has a very low body fat, or because the structures that support the hand veins have become very thin…. Continue reading »

Phlebitis: 7 Things Your Doctor Should Know

Phlebitis is a term that is used by doctors and the public and there are many important facts that you and your doctor should know. Here are 7 important facts that even many doctors get wrong.

  1. Phlebitis is not caused by an infection and antibiotics are not necessary. Recently reviews in the medical literature suggest that antibiotic are frequently prescribed for phlebitis. Not only is this ineffective, but costs our healthcare system and may complications such as diarrhoea and my contribute to antibiotic resistance.
  2. Phlebitis most commonly affects the leg veins and it causes swelling, tenderness and redness along the … Continue reading »

Autumn Open Events – Details Confirmed

MEET THE EXPERTS AT OUR FREE VEINCARE OPEN EVENT

Our next series of open events is planned for Saturday 19th September and Sunday 20th September in Yeovil, Bristol, Dorchester and Poole. 

The VeinCare Centre holds regular open events for the public. They are a marvellous opportunity to meet the experts and to learn about your vein condition and the latest treatment options.

Past VeinCare Open Events have been very well attended and feedback from those who have come has been extremely positive.

The event will … Continue reading »