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Scars on ankles where varicose veins have been stripped

Postby william8 on Sun May 21, 2017 8:22 pm

I have so awfully itchy skin where my veins have been stripped or injected .I have tried all sorts of creams ,My skin on my ankles is really scaly and red please help .?
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Re: Scars on ankles where varicose veins have been stripped

Postby Mr Ioannis Goutos on Mon May 22, 2017 3:14 pm

Dear William,
Your itch may relate to long standing problems with the venous system in your legs and I suspect the best person to advise on this specific problem is your vascular surgeon or specialist nurse. If you indeed have problems with venous hypertension (high pressure on the veins) as it sounds from your message treating the underlying problem should receive your itch symptoms. Based on basic principles around managing itch, I would advise putting your preferred moisturiser in the fridge before you use it on your skin; we know this is very effective for all types of itch. Furthermore, you might find if the itch is troublesome during the night, you cover this part of your leg with a cotton garment to prevent irritation during the night.
I am not aware of any evidence one moisturiser is better than the other and I would encourage you to try a number of different options in the market not forgetting non commercial products like olive oil.
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