11.29.22 CVL Varicose Veins

How to Find Relief from Itchy Legs due to Varicose Veins

There’s a litany of uncomfortable symptoms that stem from varicose veins, but none may be more annoying than a persistent itch in the legs. The harder you try to ignore it; the stronger the crawling and itching sensation becomes. Intense itching can lead to sleepless nights and restless legs.

Before we get into the treatments, it’s important to understand what causes both varicose veins themselves and their itchy symptoms. When the valves that facilitate circulation back up your legs via vein fail, the blood is unable to circulate optimally and becomes stuck or sluggish, causing the veins to swell with congestion. Those swollen, bulging veins can throb, feel heavy and, you guessed it, itchy. Over time, untreated varicose veins can lead to a condition called venous stasis dermatitis, or venous eczema. When blood builds up in damaged vessels, the increased pressure can cause venous leaking into the skin. The skin of the lower leg may begin darkening as a result. Over time the skin may become scaly, making the itching seem worse. Because the root of this is occurring beneath the surface, scratching the skin doesn’t actually solve the problem.

Treatment of the underlying cause not only eliminates the annoying, uncomfortable sensations, it also prevents worsening varicosities and improves your venous circulation. Compression hose, moisturizers, leg elevation and exercise can improve symptoms, but to prevent further damage, treatment may be needed. We offer several minimally invasive treatments done right in the office which take less than an hour. You can drive yourself to and from your appointment and there is zero downtime. Best of all, most insurance plans including Medicare and Medicaid plans, cover treatments for varicose veins.

At Capital Vein and Laser, we’ve performed thousands of successful treatments to improve leg health and remove varicose veins. The process is simple, and the recovery is fast. If you have any questions regarding your itchy legs, whether you’ve noticed varicose veins or not, please do not hesitate to reach out at 866-695-8346. It would be our honor to help.

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