Skin Changes and Ulcerations

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

Skin ChangesAnother 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 McQuaid Vein Care, we will identify the underlying venous disease, and develop a plan to treat it. The goal of treatment is to improve the circulation and make the bad tissue healthier. The skin changes may improve slightly, but most skin changes are permanent.