What is The Cause For Itchy Varicose Veins?

Have you been experiencing itchy legs all day and have trouble focusing on your work? You might probably be suffering from itchy varicose veins if you have been experiencing:

  • Itchy or burning sensation in your veins
  • A creeping sensation on the back of your calf
  • Shivers down your spine

Symptoms of vein disease are experienced differently by people. While some might experience many symptoms, some may not feel anything. If you feel burn or itchiness in your veins, then here’s what might be causing it.

Vein Disease in a Nutshell

Deoxygenated blood from your limbs is carried out back to your heart by your veins. The valves present in the vein will help to flow the blood in one direction and stop any backward flow. If these valves weaken, your veins will be under pressure to send the deoxygenated blood to your heart. Once the valves fail, blood will flow backward and start pooling developing chronic venous insufficiency.

You will start experiencing an increase in blood pressure when the blood starts pooling in your lower legs. This increased pressure can damage your capillaries and leak proteins into your tissues. Once this occurs, proteins, fluids, and blood cells would build-up leading to peripheral edema – excessive swelling in legs. 

But What Causes The Itchy and Burning Sensations?

Stasis Dermatitis occurs due to poor blood circulation leading to inflammation in the lower legs. Poor blood flow is mainly caused due to blood clots and vein disease, and this condition can aid in developing Stasis Dermatitis. While some people may experience pain and swelling, some may face skin problems such as itchiness, hyperpigmentation, scaling and in worse cases, ulceration. Treatment for Stasis Dermatitis is carried out by focusing on the underlying problems of the veins before the condition gets worse. 

Common Signs of Stasis Dermatitis

  • Walking or standing for long time periods will cause aches and heaviness in legs
  • Swelling in ankles by the end of the day
  • Itchy and dry skin in the affected area
  • Irritated skin – swollen, red, and sore

If left untreated, this condition may progress to the following signs:

  • Dry, itchy, and cracked skin
  • Calf area also affected with swelling
  • Fluid leaking from ulcers or sores that are present
  • Violet or red shades on the open sores on your lower legs or ankles

Stasis Dermatitis can turn into severe conditions if left untreated. Your lower leg skin can become extremely itchy and hard and prolonged conditions can make your legs highly prone to infections. In some instances, Stasis Dermatitis can shrink your calves as well. 

If you’re suffering from vein disease, get yourself treated for the underlying issues without any delay. With various treatment options available, surgery is not the only way out. Don’t let your vein health deteriorate and affect your life, get a vein screening instead.

Comprehensive Vein Care has been successfully helping patients suffering from vein disease to get back to a healthy life. We provide high-quality and minimally invasive treatments for varicose and spider veins. Get in touch with us or Book an appointment to discuss the best suitable treatment options for you.