Leg itching and burning are typical signs of chronic venous insufficiency and complications like varicose veins and venous stasis dermatitis. If you have itching, burning legs, the experienced team at Precision Vascular can help. With branches in Arlington, Dallas, Mesquite, and McKinney, Texas, the skilled vein specialists can diagnose the cause of your symptoms and create a suitable treatment plan to help you keep loving your legs. Call the Precision Vascular office nearest you today or book an appointment online.
Leg itching and burning is a common symptom of a condition called chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), and a related problem called venous stasis dermatitis.
CVI develops because the valves in your leg veins aren’t working properly. The valves are supposed to stop blood from flowing back down your legs when it should be returning to your heart. If the valves get weak or damaged, blood can trickle back down and form pools in your legs, ankles, and feet.
These pools of blood cause varicose veins in the larger superficial blood vessels. They also cause spider veins (telangiectasia) and corona phlebectatica (spider veins on the ankles) in the smaller superficial veins.
One of the symptoms of CVI is a feeling like your skin is both very itchy and burning.
Having an odd itch on your legs is nothing to worry about, but chronic itchiness, which isn’t relieved by scratching, and burning sensations on your skin are indications that there’s some underlying cause for your symptoms.
If you have CVI, you might also experience symptoms affecting your legs and ankles, such as:
Pain in your legs typically worsens when you’re walking and if you sit or stand for a long time. Rest and elevating your legs reduces the pain of CVI.
Varicose and spider veins show through the skin as red, blue, or purple veins. Varicose veins that bulge out from your skin can be particularly itchy.
Treating leg itchiness/burning requires an accurate diagnosis of the cause of the problem first. The Precision Vascular team has plenty of skill and experience when assessing symptoms like leg itchiness/burning.
If your symptoms are due to CVI, varicose veins, or venous stasis dermatitis, treatment starts with simple home care actions that reduce pressure in your veins, such as:
If you’re overweight, it also helps to lose weight and reduce pressure on your legs and veins.
In milder cases of CVI, these conservative methods might be enough to relieve your symptoms. If not, the Precision Vascular team provides advanced treatments for CVI, varicose veins, and spider veins.
These treatments include:
If your legs are feeling itchy or you’ve got burning sensations on your skin, call Precision Vascular today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.