With chronic venous insufficiency, fluid and molecular agents can leak into the subcutaneous skin. Venous insufficiency causes an inflammatory response and can cause soft tissue changes at the skin level and cause the skin to change color. The resulting inflammation causes scarring of the skin (Lipodermatosclerosis). The skin can turn differing hues, including red, brownish red, black, or spotted brown. The skin can become dry and flaky and have eczematous changes and is often referred to as stasis dermatitis or in standard terms inflammation due to venous stasis. Injury to the skin can increase the risk of venous ulceration. Although itching and burning sensation can be attributed to venous disease, it is by no means the only reason or even the predominant reason for skin irritation. Regardless it is important to note skin changes, itching, and burning along with swelling, varicosities, or pain of the lower legs.
Most people see a dermatologist because they associate dermatitis as merely a skin issue. Most of the time, this is correct; however, there can be an underlying venous component that is making the symptoms increase in intensity. Look at the picture of the dark discoloration of the medial aspect of the calf, bulging varicose veins, and healed venous ulceration near the foot at the ankle.
Dr. Joseph Magnant and the staff at Vein Specialists can successfully treat all of your vein conditions, including varicose veins, spider veins, leg swelling, leg pain, skin discoloration, burning, and itchy skin due to chronic venous insufficiency. We are the vein center of choice in the Bonita Springs, Naples and Fort Myers area. Don’t leave your veins to chance, choose the experts at the Vein Specialists to treat your vein problem.
Vein Specialists utilize gentle minimally invasive techniques to provide the best vein care in the area. We use sclerotherapy, ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy, endovenous ablation, including radiofrequency ablation.