Venous ulcerations, also known as venous skin ulcers, are a type of sore that appears on your lower extremities—most often the legs. These ulcers usually occur due to weakened blood circulation, like in those who have varicose veins or risk factors for varicose veins. The problem with venous ulcerations is that they take a long time to heal—sometimes lasting years. With such a long healing process, you’re more at risk for developing more serious complications. To avoid this, it’s important to get venous ulcerations treated and cured.
Spring is rapidly approaching as days are getting warmer, and the sun is out longer. Spring brings about a time for growth and new beginnings. While the spring air encourages us to get outside a bit more, for some it also is a constant reminder of their legs. When you suffer from varicose and spider veins, the spring weather can create a feeling of insecurity of having to go out. Regretting the opportunities to wear shorts or skirts without your noticeable veins protruding from your legs.
Varicose veins are one of the most common medical diseases for adults over 50, with nearly 30% of the entire US population suffering as a result. In fact varicose veins are so common, that by age 60 the prevalence of vein disease increases to nearly half the population (both men and women). While varicose veins are commonly thought to be a result of older age, the truth is that most only recognize the symptoms of varicose veins later in life as the condition has developed so severely that it manifests in such a dramatic physical manner. The fact is that the onset of the disease happens gradually over many years (even decades), but can start as early as 12 years of age.
Venous leg ulcers are a problem for a startling amount of people, affecting between 500,000 and 2 million people in the United States each year. They are open sores on the leg which develop as a result of the same factors which lead to varicose veins, and like varicose veins, they become more prevalent with time.
Varicose veins are a common problem for both men and women in the U.S. Many people show signs of bulging veins and spider veins, and suffer from symptoms of heaviness, minor leg pain, swelling, and even itching. However, some of the consequences of leaving your vein disease untreated can be serious. Here’s why.