Venous skin ulcers, sometimes called a stasis leg ulcer, are slow to heal and tend to come back if you don't take the appropriate steps to prevent them.What causes venous skin ulcers?
Your veins keep blood flowing to and from heart. In some cases the valves are damaged, and blood backs up and pools in the vein. When this happens, the blood may leak out of the vein and into the surrounding tissue - this can lead to a breakdown of the tissue and an ulcer.Some things can increase your risk of venous skin ulcers, these may include:
There are two other types of skin ulcers that can happen on the lower leg or feet:
- Deep vein thrombosis, this is when a blood clot (thrombus) forms in the veins of the legs
- Lack of physical activity, especially as you age
- Long hours of standing
What are the symptoms?
- Arterial Skin Ulcers - These are less common than venous skin ulcers, tend t be very painful and occur with people that have artery disease.
- Neuropathic Skin Ulcers - These are know as diabetic neuropathic ulcers because diabetics tend t me the main people that get them. Yu know you have Neuropathic Skin Ulcers because yo have little or no sensation in your, which happens because of nerve damage.
The first sign of a skin ulcer is that you skin will turn dark red or purple and amy also become thick, dry, and itchy. Without treatment, a painful ulcer may form and you may have swollen and achy legs. If the wound becomes infected, the infection may cause an odor, and pus may drain from the wound.
Please Call Us at the first signs of a skin ulcer (venous, arterial or neoropathic). One of our Dermatology Specialists with meet with you, diagnose the type of ulcer you have and begin a treatment program to eliminate the ulcers