Venous ulcer

Overview

Venous ulcers are due to abnormal vein function. People may inherit a tendency for abnormal veins. Common causes of damaged veins include blood clots, injury, aging, and obesity.

Symptoms

Symptoms include swelling, achiness, and tiredness in the legs. Usually a red, irritated skin rash develops into an open wound.

Treatments

Treatment includes leg elevation, compression, and wound care. Sometimes surgery is needed.

Last Updated Jun 13, 2017


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