The clinical appearance of varicose eczema and allergic contact dermatitis is similar, but the distribution and response to treatment provide useful diagnostic information.16
The examination of the leg should include palpation of pulses and a search for the signs of venous hypertension, including varicose veins, hemosiderin pigmentation, varicose eczema, atrophie blanche, and lipodermatosclerosis.
As well as being unsightly, they can become inflamed and painful, cause staining of the skin (varicose eczema
), leg ulcers and even rupture leading to heavy bleeding.
Twelve patients had extensive varicose eczema resulting from frequent changes of dressings containing local antibiotics and antiseptics .
However, varicose eczema was healed in all 12 patients and another eight had improvement in their ulcers (four after admission to hospital or nursing homes); eight had improvement in pain; five in general health; and two in home circumstances.
There can also be problems of discolouration and hardening of the skin (varicose eczema
) which can lead to the skin breaking down to form large ulcers.
A This is called varicose eczema
. It is caused by increased pressure in the vein and sluggishness of the blood in the area damaging the skin.
Leg ulcers often develop when the circulation is compromised, often in areas where there is varicose eczema
and varicose veins.
They say it might be varicose eczema
or that the nerve endings may be damaged and are extra-sensitive.
Q Is there a herbal or homeopathic treatment for varicose eczema