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Varicose Eczema- treatments and experiences?

Postby artistgirl1 on Thu May 09, 2019 4:49 pm

Hi, I'm writing on behalf of my mother, who has been diagnosed with varicose eczema on her foot/ankle, since November. In March it turned worse, and developed into a weeping, crusting area on her foot. She's been told by her GP that it's not infected, but she has to be very careful that it doesn't get infected. She was prescribed a steroid cream at first, but she hasn't wanted to use it in case she has a reaction from it or side effects. She's also been prescribed emollients but she's yet to use those too, as she's worried about the ingredients and possible reactions. She is using a homeopathic cream- Graphites- and this seems to give her some temporary relief, but it's not curing it of course. What to do when she's scared to use the chemical creams the doctors have prescribed? I've read that this condition can lead to severe complications- ulcers etc, if left untreated- and I don't think it's being treated properly as yet. She's had conflicting advice from two doctors, a nurse and a pharmacist. She hasn't been referred to a dermatologist or venous specialist yet, but I think she ought to be. I've read that the only way of 'curing' this problem is vein treatments /vein surgery, but she's afraid of that too. Has anyone out there with this condition had their veins operated on? What type of creams do you use, that don't make it worse or give a reaction?
I'd be grateful for any advice. I've hardly found anything about varicose eczema on this forum yet (apart from one feedback answer from an expert) - there seems to be so little from people who actually have it. I think the condition isn't much understood - it's not just the surface skin but the underlying problem too.
Please help. Thanks
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Re: Varicose Eczema- treatments and experiences?

Postby Marcie Mom on Mon May 13, 2019 6:11 pm

Hi there.. I can understand how you feel as my mom also had issue with varicose veins (valve not working, causing 'stale' blood to keep pooling at the calf instead of circulating to be fresh) and was very concerned with the darkened skin and sometimes infected/ warm to touch skin.

I've done up a post on this some years ago, you can read it if you like http://eczemablues.com/2014/09/elderly- ... se-eczema/

Personally, what happened to my mom was
- she had to go to emergency as the blood pool at the calf burst
- realized after specialist consultation that surgery has now improved a lot and infrared day surgery can easily solve the valve issue by cutting off that failed valve
- went for day surgery
- went for quite a few weeks of surgery to clean the old wound >> basically due to so many years of stale blood, the flesh around the wound area is 'dead' and nurses had to clean off that dead skin (painful but necessary process) to allow the new skin to grow properly
- from about half a year from surgery, the skin lightened much more and no further risk of varicose vein issue

Even with two knee cap replacement surgery after, there was no issue with leg veins and the blood circulation was good before and after the knee cap replacement surgery.

Hope the above experience helps and yes, definitely, elderly with their very delicate/ soft tissue is very susceptible to cellulitis (bacterial skin infection complication) which if left untreated, can sometimes be life threatening - sepsis. You can read up more online and x-ref against the pictures to see how bad your mom's skin/ vein situation is.. as sometimes pushing the elderly to a treatment that they are not comfortable with can also be emotionally draining for everyone. Best, big hugs!
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