Skin Disease Vs Vein Disease
Symptoms of skin disease and vein disease can sometimes overlap as itching, redness and pain, which can be due to one or the other. It’s important to become informed on the differences between skin disease and vein disease, because on the surface they are difficult to differentiate.
When it’s vein disease:
Chronic venous insufficiency also known as CVI, occurs when the leg veins do not allow blood to travel back to the heart. (Arteries carry blood away from the heart, while veins carry blood to the heart). Problems with valves in the veins can cause the blood to flow in both directions, not just toward the heart. The valves that are not working properly can cause blood in the legs to pool. If CVI is left untreated, a variety of uncomfortable and potentially dangerous symptoms may result.
Symptoms of vein disease include, but are not limited to, leg swelling and leg pain, leg cramps, skin changes, leg ulcers, varicose veins and spider veins. This is where the difference between skin disease and vein disease becomes blurred because they can be similar. CVI symptoms including aching pain, darkening of the skin, itching or irritated rashes and swelling of the legs can also be attributed to various skin diseases.
Common skin conditions caused by CVI:
• Hyper pigmentation: the darkening of an area of skin
• Itching (pruritus)
• Statis Dermatitis (also known as venous eczema)
• Skin thickening
• Venous Ulcers
When it’s skin disease:
Skin diseases such as eczema, shingles, psoriasis and many others can also include pain, skin pigment changes, skin irritation and itchiness. Sound similar? All too often, skin conditions that may be in fact caused by vein disease, are treated topically only to reoccur or not fully heal. If you have any of these symptoms and they have been difficult to manage topically, you may have a deeper underlying vein disease that is contributing to the problem.
There are treatment options!
If you suspect your skin disease may be due to CVI, call The Alpha Vein Clinic today. Dr Sassan Kaveh and his caring staff can accurately determine if your skin problems are a result of unhealthy veins by use of a venous ultrasound to identify the affected veins. We offer the latest and minimally invasive treatment options for patients suffering from vein disease including radiofrequency ablation and ClariVein. Both procedures are performed in-office, require minimal recovery times and are covered by most major medical insurance plans. You can find more information about these options on our website: www.alphaveinclinic.com/services.
Call the Alpha Vein Clinic at (702) 430-7661 to set up an appointment or to discuss any questions you may have today.
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