A venous skin ulcer is a sore on your leg that’s very slow to heal, usually because of weak blood circulation in the limb.
Who Gets Venous Ulcers?
About 1% of Americans have venous skin ulcers. They’re more common in older people, particularly women.
You also may have a chance of getting one if you:
- Have previous leg injuries
- Have varicose veins
- Are obese
- Have had other circulation problems such as blood clots or phlebitis, a painful swelling of the veins
Symptoms Of Venous Skin Ulcers
A venous ulcer often feels itchy or burns, and the leg around it may be swollen. Other signs may include:
- A rash or dry skin
- Brownish discoloration
- A foul-smelling fluid oozing from the sore
An ulcer can also become infected. If that happens, you might notice:
- A redness or swelling of the surrounding skin
- Worsening pain
- A fever
If you feel that you could have symptoms of a venous skin ulcer, don’t hesitate to contact Premier Vein Specialists for a FREE Screening!