After experiencing a slight cut or scrape on your leg, you may be tempted to put a bandage on it and never think about it again. For healthy people this approach to wound care may be sufficient, but for people who suffer from vein disease it could be problematic.
People who suffer from venous reflux disease may develop ulcers, sores, and open wounds that are extremely slow to heal. Failure to properly treat the wound could lead to serious health problems ranging from infections to amputation or loss of limb mobility. Learning more about the connection between leg wounds or ulcers and venous reflux disease will help you determine if you are at risk for developing vein disease.
Why Do Ulcers and Sores Happen to People Who Suffer from Venous Insufficiency?
Healthy veins have tiny valves that help the flow of blood throughout the body. These valves prevent blood from backing up which keeps the entire flow of blood running smoothly. People who suffer from venous insufficiency due to venous reflux disease have damaged valves in their veins.
When the valve in a vein is damaged, it can cause blood to stop properly flowing. Blood that doesn’t flow properly throughout the body will start to settle and pool which creates intense pressure and fluid buildup. The combination of pressure and excessive fluid buildup can cause damage to the skin which results in the development of a wound, sore, or ulcer.
Wounds, sores, and ulcers can happen to any part of the body for people who suffer from venous reflux disease. However, the most common place to develop these types of wounds and sores is on the legs. The legs are the most common place because leg veins usually experience the most damage as result of venous insufficiency.
How to Tell if a Wound, Sore or Ulcer is Caused by Venous Reflux Disease?
Just because you have a cut or scrape on your leg doesn’t mean you need to rush to the doctor for treatment. Some wounds and sores may be able to heal on their own.
If you experience any of the following when you have a leg wound or sore, you may want to see a doctor:
- Wound or sore that doesn’t heal after a week. Wounds should start to show noticeable signs of healing after 7 days. If there are no noticeable signs of healing, it could be because you are suffering from venous insufficiency
- Skin around the wound becomes dry or extremely itchy
- Legs start to appear swollen or bright red
- Wounds appear raw or weep clear fluids
While seeking proper treatment for your wound is important to prevent infection, it won’t completely solve the problem. If your ulcers or sores are caused by venous reflux disease, you will need to get it treated. Scheduling an appointment with a vein doctor, such as the ones at Tri-City Vein Center, will help you explore treatment options for your venous reflux disease.
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