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Skin Changes/Dermatitis

Skin Changes/Dermatitis

Abnormal or diseased veins can cause a host of other chronic conditions for patients, including skin changes, or dermatitis. At the Vein Care Center, serving patients in Lima, Celina and the surrounding communities of Auglaize County, OH, we offer cutting-edge and comprehensive treatment plans for patients suffering from venous disorders under the guidance of Dr. Manu B. Aggarwal, MHSA, MD, a board-certified and aesthetic-laser-certified family physician who specializes in vein disease.

What Are Skin Changes/Dermatitis?

By definition, the word “dermatitis” means skin inflammation. Many patients with vein disease show symptoms of skin changes or dermatitis that often go misdiagnosed as dermatological issues. At the Vein Care Center, we know that vein disease is a common cause of skin changes. The types of skin changes you may experience with vein disease include skin that appears red, brown, shiny or irritated. Patients may also develop hard-to-heal rashes.

Whether or not you have visible varicose veins, these types of skin changes should be evaluated by a physician. Dermatitis associated with venous conditions is often a sign of advanced disease. Patients with skin changes run a high risk of developing ulcers.

What Causes Skin Changes/Dermatitis?

When blood pools in the lower extremities, pressure builds inside your veins, causing fluid and red blood cells to leak into the surrounding tissue. The red blood cells become trapped under the skin’s surface and break down, releasing iron-rich hemoglobin. The iron “stains” the skin, which often becomes itchy, cracked, swollen, weepy or crusted.

What Are the Signs of Venous Stasis Dermatitis?

Symptoms of venous stasis dermatitis may appear in stages or suddenly. They include:

  • Inflamed, irritated skin
  • Redness, itching
  • Dry, scaly, flaky skin
  • Open wounds or sores
  • Weeping fluid
  • Scabbing or crusting
  • Discoloration
  • Feelings of heaviness, achiness or restlessness in the legs
  • In early stages, thinning skin, particularly near the ankles
  • In later stages, a leather-like appearance

What Is the Treatment for Skin Changes/Dermatitis?

Once your underlying vein disease is treated and circulation improves, oxygen-rich blood will begin the healing process and prevent further damage. Please see our Vein Treatments page to read more about the vein treatment options available at the Vein Care Center.

While it’s unlikely that skin will return to its normal state, treating your vein disease will stop further skin changes from occurring.

Dr. Manu B. Aggarwal, MHSA, MD, is a board-certified and aesthetic-laser-certified family physician who provides expert care for men and women in Lima, Celina and the greater Auglaize County, OH, area. Once you book your appointment at Vein Care Center, Dr. Aggarwal and her staff will make sure your receive outstanding service every step of the way – before, during and after your treatment. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

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