Leg eczema or varicose eczema

Leg eczema is essentially due to venous insufficiency: it is varicose eczema. But be aware that red plaques on the legs can also be a symptom of other diseases!



Leg eczema: definition

Leg eczema or varicose eczema is a very specific form of eczema, also known as stasis dermatitis. It occurs because of venous insufficiency, i.e. the presence of circulatory disorders in the individual.

Leg eczema is very embarrassing: the red plaques on the legs are often unsightly and associated with severe itching.

Leg eczema: not to be confused

A red plaque on the leg can be caused by several diseases. Some are serious conditions and/or require prompt management. For example, a red plaque on the leg may indicate deep vein thrombosis (or phlebitis) or erysipelas (a bacterial infection of the skin).

Varicose eczema often begins on the lower legs. Eczema on the thighs is rarely associated with varicose eczema, or it may occur later. The main symptom of eczema on the thighs is the presence of atopic dermatitis and other eczema plaques on the skin. The rear part of the thighs is particularly affected.

Red plaques on the legs may be due to contact eczema following the application of a product or dressing on the legs.

You may have both arm eczema and leg eczema. In this case, venous insufficiency is rarely the cause, it is probably atopic eczema.

Leg eczema: what is the best treatment?

The treatment of leg eczema involves the treatment of venous insufficiency: wearing support stockings, elevation of the legs, surgical intervention if necessary. The physician also prescribes cortisone creams and emollients for local relief.

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