Itching legs as a result of varicose veins can actually be a predictor of future vein problems if left untreated. We know varicose veins are associated with the accumulation of old blood in the damaged vessels. Unless the legs are elevated, the blood does not return back to the heart readily from them. Waste products like carbon dioxide, lactic acid, etc. can accumulate and the skin drained by these veins will have an increased concentration of waste products. This causes our skin to become drier and induces itching.
Over time this can produce varicose eczema, which causes increased healing times if injured and can lead to ulcers. Itching legs can indicate that it is definitely time to treat the varicose veins before the skin deteriorates into more severe problems.
If you have itching legs as a result of problematic veins, contact Reno Vein Specialists, Dr. Robert Merchant and Dr. John Daake at the Reno Vein Clinic www.RenoVeinCliniic.com (775) 329-3100.