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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