Why do varicose veins itch? Varicose vein’s cause itching because of the complication of varicose veins known as venous stasis dermatitis. What does that really mean. Lets back up a little, simplify it and look at the bigger picture.
Varicose veins can be painful and unsightly, but they have some other unexpected symptoms as well. In addition to causing discomfort and making your legs feel bloated and heavy, they can also make your skin itch.
Itching is a commonly associated with varicose veins, but many people wonder what causes this symptom. Learn more about why varicose veins may itch and what you can do to manage the irritation.
Why Do Varicose Veins Itch?
The heart pumps the blood, the blood goes in the liver, kidneys, legs etc. The veins bring the blood back to the heart. In the legs the veins are going against gravity. The veins in the legs have these one-way valve that prevents the block from falling back down towards the feet with the force of gravity.
Because of age, hormones, genetics and a multitude of other factors, these valves break and the blood starts to back up towards the feet. This leads to the blood pooling around the feet. Over time this blood slowly leaks out of the blood vessels. As you are well aware that the blood has hemoglobin. Hemoglobin has iron and iron is an irritant. That is what leads to inflammation irritation and itching.
What to look for when dealing with varicose vein itching:
- Having blue ropey veins and/or spider veins on the legs and have itching around the ankles or calf
- Having blue ropey veins and/or spider veins on the legs and have itching on the veins
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Varicose Vein Itching – The Fix:
One of the best things you can do for itchy varicose veins is not scratch them. It might be difficult, but leaving the skin alone is the simplest way to break the cycle of irritation. Beyond that, it’s critical to address the underlying problem, which is the varicose veins themselves.
To manage your symptoms, make sure you get plenty of exercise. When you move around regularly, the large muscles in your legs can contract and help the the veins and valves push the blood back up to the heart. It’s also helpful to wear compression stockings, which are tighter at the bottom than the top, and can therefore help the blood get back to heart. If you’re resting or lying down, be sure to keep your feet elevated — let gravity help out your veins as much as possible.
Perhaps the most important thing is to regularly visit a vein specialist.
This is is an easy problem to fix at Afzal Clinics. For patient who decides not to have treatment now, the itching caused by Varicose veins would only get worse over time and may require more treatment. We offer free vein screening appointments, you can talk to our RN and she can walk you through the process.