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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 Eczema – 7 Essential Facts You Must Know

Varicose eczema is a serious and common condition and I am going to tell you seven essential facts about it that you should know.

7 Essential Facts

7 Essential Facts

  1.  “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 in the absence of visible varicose veins and unlike skin problems … Continue reading »

The Truth About Varicose Eczema

 

Varicose Eczema is not a dermatological or skin condition and it should not be treated by dermatologists or with creams. In fact steroid creams only mask the condition which can continue to deteriorate to the point of causing a leg ulcer. The underlying problem is superficial vein reflux and this should be treated by a vein specialist (phlebologist).

Early Treatment gives better results and reduces the risks of complications. If caught early, varicose eczema can be cured. However if varicose eczema is neglected, the skin may be … Continue reading »

Cure for Varicose Eczema

Susan from Salisbury has been troubled by varicose veins for years.  They started causing problems during pregnancy and after the birth of each of her 3 children she developed painful periods of phlebitis. Over the years, the skin of her leg deteriorated and by the time I saw her in July last year, she already had varicose eczema in the lower part of her left leg (see the photograph below on the left). She had patches of red, itchy and uncomfortable inflammation on her shin and ankle. I performed a Duplex Ultrasound Scan which … Continue reading »

She Should Have Seen Me Much Sooner

Venous Reflux causing Varicose Eczema

Varicose Eczema

This Varicose Eczema has  been left too late to cure completely

Today a lady from Dorset came to see me about her varicose veins that were causing varicose eczema. She first went to see her GP in Somerset 3 years ago when the eczema started to appear. Unfortunately, the condition was not recognised and no action was taken. When she moved house and registered with a new GP in Dorset, he immediately identified the skin condition as varicose eczema and referred her … Continue reading »