Infection and varicose veins

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A common presentation with untreated varicose veins is the development of redness in the legs, usually around the ankles, especially when there has been long standing varicose veins.

It often looks red, tender to touch and may also be associated with swelling.

Unfortunately this is often misdiagnosed as cellulitis which is an infection of the skin.

What it actually represents is lipodermatosclerosis which is inflammation caused by the leaking of veins in the region.

Antibiotics generally do not help at all, but in prolonged cases there may be underlying infection associated with the lipodermatosclerosis.

 

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