Diagnosis - Varicose eczema

See your GP if you have symptoms of varicose eczema. They'll often be able to make a diagnosis by looking at the skin.

Seeing your GP

Your GP will try to find out if you have a problem with the flow of blood in your leg veins. This is the main cause of varicose eczema.

They may want to know if you have a history of:

  • varicose veins – swollen and enlarged veins
  • deep vein thrombosis (DVT) – a blood clot in one of the deep veins of your legs
  • surgery or injury to your legs

Your GP may also check the pulse in your feet. This is to see if compression stockings are suitable for you.

Referral to a specialist

Your GP may refer you to a specialist for further tests.

This could be a:

  • vascular specialist – a doctor or surgeon specialising in blood vessels
  • dermatologist – a specialist in skin conditions

Your GP will refer you to a specialist if:

  • you have varicose veins and changes to your skin. This includes varicose eczema or a history of leg ulcers
  • you have very poor blood flow in the blood vessels in your legs
  • they are concerned about pulses in your feet
  • your symptoms do not get better, despite treatment
  • it's possible you have contact dermatitis


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Page last reviewed: 23 March 2021
Next review due: 23 March 2024

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