Varicose Eczema is diagnosed by looking for the right symptoms and signs. In most cases, a Duplex Ultrasound Scan is required as well.
Symptoms of Varicose Eczema
The affected leg is:
- itchy and swollen
- dry and flaky
- scaly or crusty
Varicose Eczema is a skin condition of the lower legs which affects the area around the ankle and lower calf.
In the early stages, Varicose Eczema may come and go. Early one, varicose eczema may respond well to self-help measures. Once established, Varicose Eczema tends to a be a long-term or chronic condition.
Signs of Varicose Eczema
Your legs may be swollen, particularly at the end of the day or after sitting or standing for long periods. Varicose Veins may be visible.
More Examples of Varicose Eczema
Cause of Varicose Eczema
When the valves in the veins do not work properly, blood cannot travel up the leg against gravity. In fact it may leak backwards and pool in the legs – Superficial Venous Reflux.
This increases the pressure in the veins which causes fluid to leak into the tissues of the leg – Venous Oedema.
Varicose Eczema is probably an immune response to the excess fluid and this results in an inflammatory reaction in the skin.