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Varicose Veins Are Not Simply Cosmetic

Varicose Eczema Varicose Veins
Varicose Eczema and Atrophie Blanche

Varicose Veins are  not simply a cosmetic problem. If left untreated, a significant number of people will suffer phlebitis, varicose eczema and leg ulceration. 

Nearly 10 years ago, a study from the USA by respected phlebologist Nick Labropoulos investigated 116 legs in 190 patients who were waiting for varicose vein surgery. These patients had a second duplex ultrasound scan between 1 and 43 months after the initial examination with a median of 19 months. In this period of time, 11.2% had progression of clinical stage and seven had progression on duplex ultrasound scanning as well. That means that more than one in 10 people even after a relatively short period either had veins that looked worse, or that had caused more symptoms or which looked worse on a scan.

The patient in the picture above had long standing varicose veins that had gradually got worse and she developed varicose eczema, scarring of the skin (called atrophie blanche) and she is at serious risk of leg ulceration.

The message is simple: Varicose Veins are not simply a cosmetic problem and they should be treated at an early stage to prevent deterioration and complications.

Now, if you’re worried about your veins and would like a confidential chat please do get in touch. Our advisors are very happy to offer simple advice by telephone or email for free and without obligation. You can call and book an appointment direct without a referral from your GP on 01935 873951.

The VeinCare Centre also offers a screening assessment with our vascular technologist. For £25 you can have a scan with Wendy Parsons. She is not a doctor and so she  cannot give you medical advice but she can check your deep veins and your varicose veins and give you an idea of how bad they are. If you would like to have an appointment with Wendy please call 01935 873 951