What Is a Venous Ulcer?
Venous ulcers are open wounds that occur on the legs or ankles when blood is not circulated properly and is allowed to pool in the veins. This accumulation of blood is caused by venous insufficiency which accounts to over 80% of all ulcers.1
Over time, ulcers can lead to more serious medical problems such as infection, so it’s important to understand what causes them and what you can do if you notice symptoms.
How Do I Know if I Have an Ulcer?
Many people identify vein ulcers by observing a slow-healing wound on the leg. Ulcers typically are red, irritated skin rashes which develop into open wounds. Some ulcers are tender around the affected area and can exude a small amount of discharge. Other venous ulcer symptoms may include:
- Tender skin around the wound
- Itchy, dry skin on the legs
- Hardened skin around the ulcer
- Red, purple, or brown color on the skin
- Swelling of the affected area
Why Is Treating The Underlying Condition Important?
In some cases, you can treat an ulcer that has not progressed using simple measures like elevating your leg, keeping the wound clean, and taking antibiotics if the wound is infected.
However, if these measures do not help your wound heal, your doctor may recommend that you fix the underlying issue: venous insufficiency, with vein treatment. Successful blood flow throughout the legs is crucial for ulcers to heal properly and not recur.
If you’re looking for a lasting solution for venous insufficiency and ulcers, reach out to us and schedule your consultation today.