Itching is a common side effect of varicose veins – a common and unsightly condition that most commonly affects women.
Why do varicose veins itch?
Varicose veins are caused by blood pooling in the veins. When this affects the smaller surface veins, called spider veins, it can cut off circulation to the skin, causing a rash and itching. In more severe cases this can result in ulcers on the skin which do not heal naturally. The itching is called varicose eczema or varicose dermatitis, and is generally above the problem vein.
How is the itching treated?
First of all, you should always talk to a vein specialist about proper treatment for varicose veins. In severe cases, this may mean minor surgery. In mild cases, the go to treatment is compression stockings, which should be worn every waking hour. This helps your body get the blood back out of those veins, and reduces the itching, and can even reverse varicose vein development in early stages. You should also cut down on alcohol consumption and try to increase foods rich in B6, folate, and B12 such as tuna, salmon, turkey, avocadoes and eggs. Avoid standing for extended periods and if sitting for extended periods, get up about every hour and walk around some.
For treating the itching itself, external application of cider vinegar can be effective. Using a good moisturizer can help. There are also various varicose vein treatment creams on the market designed to relieve pain and itching and help restore circulation – but make sure you read reviews and choose carefully. Needless to say, you should try not to scratch itchy veins as you can do more damage to your skin. Itchiness above the veins is often a sign of serious problems, so again, get evaluated by a vein specialist.
Schedule an Appointment
If you have varicose veins and the itching is driving you crazy, then call Total Vein Treatment Centers to schedule an appointment and get more advice on how to deal with this uncomfortable problem.