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
  • Smoke
  • Are obese
  • Have had other circulation problems such as blood clots or phlebitis, a painful swelling of the veins

 

Vein Ulcer Stages

 

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
  • Pus

 

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!

Call 717-412-7226.