If you have experienced red or reddish-brown discoloration on your legs or ankles, there are many possible causes, ranging from injury to sunburn to eczema. But if the discoloration has lasted for more than a week and is accompanied by swelling in the affected limbs, there is a good chance that it’s a sign of vein disease. As noted by top vein doctor in Bergen County, Dr. Chuback, tThe redness is often the result of a condition called chronic venous insufficiency or CVI, the same vein disease that causes varicose veins.
Why would a vein disease cause skin discoloration?
CVI occurs when the tiny valves that control blood flow through your veins become damaged and no longer function properly. Instead of opening to allow blood to flow through and then closing immediately afterwards, they remain open, allowing blood to flow “backwards” and pool in the veins. This is what causes the veins to swell and become varicose, but it also causes a fluid buildup that irritates the skin above the affected veins and results in inflammation.
Seeking prompt vein disease treatment in New Jersey can eliminate these diseased veins and return your legs to their normal health and beauty, but if the CVI is left untreated, the skin inflammation can escalate and result in dry and itchy skin that is extremely fragile and prone to injury. Just bumping your leg on a chair can result in cuts and open wounds that turn into leg ulcers. These wounds often don’t respond to normal treatment and resist healing, leaving them prone to more serious infection.
What do New Jersey vascular doctors do to treat this condition?
If the CVI is minor and has not resulted in large numbers of varicose veins or leg ulcers, the most likely first option is conservative treatment involving compression stockings, exercise, and lifestyle changes. If the CVI has already caused many varicose veins and they have begun to cause side effects such as chronic swelling in the legs and ankles, varicose vein removal is often more appropriate. This gets rid of the varicose veins permanently, but also removes the cause of the redness and skin discoloration. Fortunately, modern vein removal is fast, easy, painless, and can be performed in your local vein treatment center in New Jersey by a top vein doctor in Bergen County – no hospitals, no deep incisions, minimal recovery time.
So if you are concerned about the appearance of your legs, give us a call at 201-693-4847 or go online and schedule an initial consultation with a top vein doctor in Bergen County. In about an hour we can tell you whether the skin discoloration is due to vein disease, and if so, explain the various treatment options to you.