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Common Skin Changes Resulting from Varicose Veins.

Common Skin Changes Resulting from Varicose Veins.

Posted on June 10, 2014 by Dr. Stephen Rivard

Most Common Skin Changes Resulting from Varicose Vein Disease.


Most of us have seen them, or even have them - the large bulging veins protruding from the surface of the skin. Although the more obvious signs of venous disease manifest in this manner, sometimes there are subtle changes that are not obviously associated.  For instance, another common symptom of varicose veins that appears gradually over time is skin discoloration and changes, particularly when located on the legs or near the ankles.  Here are a few of the most common:

  1. Edema - ankle edema is typically the first sign of chronic venous insufficiency (i.e. varicose vein disease).edema Edema tends to take the form of swelling in the feet, ankles, and calves and generally gets worse over the course of the day, particularly for people who stand for long hours.  It also gets worse in warmer weather because your veins tend to dilate due to increased heat.
  2. Lose of Hair and More - the next stage of venous insufficiency often results in the skin near the ankles and lower legs to become hairless, smooth, and then a shinny or eve scaly appearance.  
  3. Color or Pigmentation Changes- As hypoxia (the lack of oxygen) continues, due to the poor circulation in the damaged or varicose veins, inflammatory changes being.  This causes the skin to change color creating a reddish appearance.  Eventually, the skin becomes brown/black and starts to feel more like leather.pre_treatment_leg_ulcer
  4. Venous Ulcers - some of the more advanced stages of varicose vein disease lead to what is known as venous leg ulcers. These ulcers cause the skin to often break open into non-healing wounds and continue to worsen until proper vein treatment is performed.

It is important to remember that vein disease is a real disease, and requires immediate medical attention regardless if you feel pain.  Fortunately, with advancements in technology, newer treatment can have you back on your feet in under an hour!

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At Illinois Vein Specialists, we care just as much about the medicine and the specialized practice of Phlebology (now known as Venous and Lymphatic Disease) as we do our patients. That is why we focus only on treating varicose and spider veins and provide the most advanced and effective treatments available today.  We treat patients from Buffalo Grove, Cary, Elgin, Algonquin, Palatine, Vernon Hills, Crystal Lake, Hoffman Estates, Lake Zurich, Fox River Grove, Mundelein, Grayslake, Wauconda, Chicago, and all areas of Barrington, Illinois. We understand that when you choose a doctor you want to go to someone you know, like and trust, and honestly so do we. We know that patients come to us most often from satisfied patient referrals, but we encourage you to do your own homework and ask around. In the end no matter where you live or who you decide to have treat your varicose or spider veins find someone who focuses only on diagnosing and treating varicose and spider veins -- find a Board Certified Venous and Lymphatic Disease Doctor (formerly known as Phlebology).


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