Varicose eczema, also known as venous statis dermatitis or gravitational eczema, is a skin condition affecting the lower legs. But what causes it?
Varicose eczema appears as itchy, inflamed, dry and swollen legs, possibly accompanied by changes in skin colouring and red spots, scaling, weeping and/or crusting.
It usually affects elderly people with circulation problems, as it’s a complication of venous insufficiency, when the valves in your veins don’t move blood back up your legs. Pressure builds up, congestion increases, and not enough oxygen and blood can reach the skin to keep it healthy.
You’re more likely to get venous stasis dermatitis if you have:
- High blood pressure
- Varicose veins
- Weight problems
- Heart conditions
- Kidney failure
- Blood clots, especially in your leg
- Multiple pregnancies
- Past surgeries or injuries on your legs/feet
- Mobility issues and are spending much of your time sitting down or standing still
For more information on how to manage varicose eczema, see our blog What’s The Best Cream For Varicose Eczema?
Balmonds Skin Salvation is a great natural emollient for people prone to varicose eczema, as it can help keep dry skin in good, well-hydrated, smooth and supple condition.
Top Tips: how to apply emollients on varicose eczema:
- use a large amount all over both lower legs, not just flared areas
- apply at least twice a day, and more frequently if skin is very dry
- don't rub; smooth emollients into the skin in the same direction that the hair grows
- apply after bathing, gently dry the skin, then immediately apply the emollient while the skin is still moist
If you require medical advice we recommend you always contact your healthcare professional.
If you or someone you are caring for seems very unwell, is getting worse or you think there's something seriously wrong, call for emergency services straight away. For general medical advice, please contact your healthcare professional, this article does not contain or replace medical advice.
Do not delay getting help if you're worried. Trust your instincts.