We know how frustrating varicose veins can be… Not only are they unsightly, but they ITCH. Why do they itch?!?!

The reason is a condition associated with varicose veins called Venous Stasis Dermatitis. This condition is caused by blood building up in the veins and leaking into the skin, causing it to become red and itchy.

When left untreated, the skin on your lower legs and feet can even become hard or scaly, intensifying the itchiness and discomfort. In some cases, sores develop as well.

So, how do you treat Venous Stasis Dermatitis?

The best and only permanent treatment is ablation of the problem varicose veins… However, in the meantime, there are some treatments to help control the itch.

  1. Itchy cream. Yes, the same kind of thing you put on your kid’s itchy mosquito bites. A corticosteroid cream will work best.
  2. Antihistamine. Your every day allergy pill helps to block the production of histamine, a chemical that creates an itchy sensation on your skin.
  3. Antibiotics. You’ll need a prescription from a doctor for antibiotics, but they are necessary if the condition has developed painful and itchy sores.
  4. Dressings. Again, if painful sores develop, good wound dressings can help control the discomfort and itch.

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