Varicose eczema is also widely known as venous, gravitational or stasis eczema. It is a long-term skin condition that affects mainly the lower legs and is most common to those that suffer from varicose veins.
What is Varicose Eczema?
Like most types of eczema, varicose eczema symptoms appear is seen as itchy, swollen, dry, flake and scaly skin. The colour tone of varicose eczema also varies based on your skin colour as those with a lighter skin tone display varicose eczema as red or brown coloured while those with a darker skin tone display varicose eczema as a dark brown, purple or grey. The rareness of varicose means that sufferers will endure periods when the symptoms improve and periods when the symptoms are more severe.
What causes Varicose Eczema?
Varicose eczema is mainly caused by increased pressure in the leg veins. When small valves in the veins stop working, it becomes difficult for the blood to be transported upwards against gravity and can then leak backwards. This causes increased pressure in the veins which in turn cause fluid to leak into the surrounding tissue. Varicose eczema is more common in those who suffer from varicose veins as these are also signs that the leg veins are not working properly. Other sufferers could develop the skin condition from other factors such as:
- Gender, as varicose eczema is more prominent in women.
- Obesity, as this can increase the pressure in your legs.
- Pregnancy, as this can also increase the pressure in your legs.
- Not moving for a long period, as this affects the circulation of blood within your legs.
- Increasing age, as those who find it harder to move as they age, will find the circulation in their legs will become affected.
How to treat Varicose Eczema?
Varicose eczema is a select type of eczema and therefore a variety of treatment options is available. With any type of eczema, self-help measures are always a predominant factor in treatment of the skin. These include emollient and topical corticosteroids that are applied to the skin to provide relief.
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