Varicose Veins and Venous Eczema
Discover relief from the discomfort of eczema, itchy, inflamed red blotches that turn dry and flaky. Learn effective solutions to manage eczema, akin to addressing the challenges posed by varicose veins, for improved skin health and overall well-being.
What to Know About Eczema and Varicose Veins
From a medical standpoint, varicose veins happen when the valves within the veins weaken, causing blood to pool. This pooling puts pressure on the veins, causing them to swell. The veins then become enlarged and appear twisted, lumpy, purple or blue in appearance. They are most commonly found in the legs, due to the additional pressure from long periods of standing.
Eczema is a type of dermatitis that leaves skin with itchy and inflamed red blotches that turn dry and flaky. Eczema typically presents itself as chronic with patients experiencing periodic flare-ups. Much like varicose veins, they can be uncomfortable, inconvenient, and weigh heavily on self-esteem. The compromised circulation of varicose veins and the fluid that leaks from them can lead to skin irritation. As we continue to explore both conditions, the relationship between vascular health and skin health will become more clear.
Although the direct cause of eczema remains a mystery, it is likely caused by the immune system and genetic factors. During flare-ups, a patient might experience heightened skin sensitivity with rashes developing primarily on the face, elbows, behind the knees, feet, and hands. It is not contagious and there are ways to help manage this frustrating condition.
Symptoms of Eczema
Eczema symptoms manifest differently depending on the patient. The more general symptoms include redness, inflammation, intense itching, and dry and flaky patches. In more severe cases, blisters, oozing lesions, and extreme discomfort may occur. Environmental and other underlying health issues may exacerbate symptoms.
Causes of Eczema
There has been no direct discovery of what causes eczema. Medical professionals’ consensus is that it is a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Family medical history, immune disorders, and triggers such as irritants, allergens, stress, and weather also contribute to the development of eczema.
When to See a Varicose Veins Specialist
Varicose veins typically occur near the surface of the skin, which makes these areas susceptible to breaking down and becoming even more irritated. The inflammation and swelling lead to blood pooling and then seeping into the surrounding tissues. In addition to eczema-like symptoms, this can also cause open sores and ulcers. Once you begin to feel any sort of discomfort, regardless of what the affected area looks like, seeking the evaluation of a vascular specialist in Singapore will ensure a proper diagnosis.
Varicose Eczema Treatments and Skincare Tips
While there is no cure for eczema, there are a variety of ways to alleviate discomfort and improve skin conditions. A vascular specialist in Singapore will be able to consult with you to determine the best treatment.
- Self-help techniques such as moisturizing throughout the day with products approved by the National Eczema Association. Also, consider purchasing a humidifier to keep the air in your home from getting too dry.
- Avoid major temperature changes such as going straight into a hot shower after spending time outside in cold weather.
- Reduce stress. Much like other skin conditions, eczema can flare up when feelings of stress and anxiety overwhelm us. Practice meditation, yoga, and deep breathing if you feel yourself getting triggered by certain events.
- Compression socks gently squeeze your legs to help improve circulation.
- Laserendovenous Treatment and Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) involve minimal incisions that target affected veins and are performed by a varicose vein specialist.
Be Proactive with Eczema and Varicose Veins Treatment at Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic
If you’re experiencing symptoms of varicose eczema, take proactive steps by seeking the professional help of Dr. Manish Taneja. Early intervention can effectively manage symptoms and improve your overall skin and vascular health. Don’t hesitate to reach out for more information from our dual trained and certified professional expert at Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic.
Am I at Risk of Varicose Veins, Spider Veins, or Deep Vein Thrombosis?
The appearance of varicose and spider veins on your body is nothing of immediate concern. If there are symptoms associated with them, schedule a visit with your doctor to diagnose and treat varicose veins. Spider veins, varicose veins, and deep vein thrombosis (DVT) can occur on individuals with all body types, genders, and ages. The following demographics may have a higher chance of experiencing them.
- Those who are overweight (therefore, maintain a healthy weight to reduce the pressure)
- Pregnant women
- Individuals between the ages of 40 and 80
- Those who are inactive/not exercising (even sitting or standing for long periods)
- Frequent flyers
- Those who have had surgery or leg trauma
Assessment of Varicose Veins
Clinical examination and ultrasound doppler scan are most important tools in assessment and deciding management of varicose veins. This takes about 15-20 minutes to do and is usually done in the clinic itself.
Treatment of Varicose Veins
There are various techniques available to treat varicose veins depending on clinical presentation. These include:
- Conservative medical management including compression socks
- Laser endovenous treatment (EVLT)
- Radio-frequency endovenous ablation (RFA)
- Clarivein endovenous treatment
- VenaSeal endovenous closure system
- Microwave endovenous ablation
- Open surgery
- Venous avulsions
- Cryolaser and cryosclerotherapy
What are the Advantages of Minimally Invasive Treatments?
- No major surgery
- No or minimal visible scars
- Quick recovery
- Same day admission and discharge
- Clinic based treatments
Learn more about “Spider Veins: Types, Symptoms, and Treatment”. Although they might be a cosmetic concern, they can also lead to serious health issues. You might also be interested to find out more on our blog post, “Deep Vein Thrombosis: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment” about the difference between DVT and varicose veins.
Consult a Vascular Specialist for Your Varicose Veins and Spider Veins
Dr. Manish Taneja, a certified vascular and varicose veins specialist in Singapore, has extensive experience in the treatment of all vascular interventions and looks after venous diseases like varicose veins, spider veins, and reticular veins. Come in for a further evaluation and contact us to arrange your varicose veins appointment today.
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Keep Varicose Veins and Spider Veins at Bay
If your legs feel sore persistently, achy when standing long periods, or maybe you notice blue or purple veins even bulging in the area, chances are these symptoms of varicose veins and spider veins could lead to other serious venous diseases such as Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI), or Leg Swelling due to increased pressure forming larger blood clots over time. Varicose veins are fully treatable with minimally invasive procedures and treatments offering minimal downtime and quick recovery preventing further complications. Long term effects of untreated varicose veins can hinder your daily life and impact your health.
The Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic in Singapore is here to diagnose and treat varicose veins smoothening patients’ experience to find relief and comfort. As a vascular and interventional radiology specialist based in Singapore, Dr. Manish Taneja looks after a spectrum of venous diseases, peripheral vascular malformations, and peripheral arterial disease. Dr. Manish Taneja also has extensive experience in performing all vascular interventions, non-vascular interventions and interventional oncology procedures.
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