When a Skin Condition May Not Be What You Think
- Posted on: Sep 15 2017
Changes to the appearance of the skin might sometimes provoke a bit of concern. This largest organ of the body is in a constant state of flux. From one day to the next, millions of skin cells are shed and regenerated. At least that is the norm. Dermatologic conditions are not uncommon, and often result from an abnormality in the turnover of skin cells.
How Does This Relate to Vein Health?
Venous insufficiency is an underlying condition that may manifest as a dermatologic symptom. Venous ulcers are a potentially serious concern for patients with existing varicose veins or other health conditions, such as diabetes. It is important to discuss the risks for venous ulcers, as well as early warning signs, to prevent extensive damage to tissue in the lower extremities.
Venous Ulcers and The Skin
There are some different types of venous ulcers, the most common being venous stasis ulcers. These wounds show up on the skin, but they begin with a much deeper problem. Typically, we think of varicose veins as the primary issue that arises from insufficient blood flow through the vessels of the lower extremities. This isn’t always the case. It is possible to develop a venous ulcer without the presence of noticeable bulging veins.
Venous ulcers may develop as blood pools in the feet and ankles, causing blood vessels to swell. The blood that accumulates in these veins holds no nutrients and therefore no value. In fact, this stagnant product can invade surrounding tissue to such an extent that the damaged caused cannot be repaired. Because venous ulcers are progressive, appropriate treatment is vital to long-term dermatologic health (not to mention venous health).
The challenge with venous ulcers is that they often look no more serious than a bug bite. This could lead to the prolonged presence of an ulcer without proper care. Remember, a bug bite is likely to itch. A venous ulcer probably won’t. Also, bug bites last only a few days. Venous ulcers will not go away without treatment; they will only worsen.
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Early care for venous insufficiency, including varicose veins or symptoms of them, can hasten the resolution of secondary issues such as venous stasis dermatitis and venous stasis ulcers. Learn more about our selection of vein treatments at (803) 253-8667.