Can Varicose Veins Cause Your Legs to Itch?

Posted on March 10, 2021 by Dr Elenora Fedoneko

Varicose veins are caused by blood circulation problems, particularly when veins become enlarged and when the one-way valves that normally prevent blood from flowing “backward” in our veins stop working properly. Blood pressure can increase, and blood can start to pool in the veins, which can result in further inflammation and stretching of the blood vessels.

Varicose Vein Symptoms

Varicose veins can be responsible for a number of different symptoms, ranging from heaviness, aching, and throbbing. They can also cause changes in skin pigmentation, skin inflammation, and open sores. Varicose veins may also not cause any pain or irritation, especially during their early development. However, a number of more serious side-effects can develop if they’re left untreated.


Swelling can be caused by fluid leakage from varicose veins into the surrounding tissue. Left unattended this can lead to long-term changes to skin pigmentation, as well as hardening of the skin as it becomes dry and irritated.

Skin Ulcers

Swelling, if untreated, can lead to situations where the skin’s ability to heal from minor injuries is impaired. This in turn, can lead to the development of skin ulcers, which are areas of damaged tissue that are unable to heal naturally.

Skin Infections

Another result of prolonged swelling is the loss of the skin’s ability to resist bacterial infections. Skin infections can also further contribute to swelling, creating a vicious circle.


Itching is a common result of advanced varicose veins – it’s related to the above symptoms and is another side-effect of swelling and inflammation. The skin can also become dry, leading to flaking, which can also result in itching.

Itchy skin may also be caused by other medical conditions, so it becomes important to seek medical advice before deciding on any course of treatment.

Seeking Medical Advice

Varicose veins can be caused by several different conditions and can also lead to other, potentially very serious medical problems. We strongly recommend seeking qualified medical advice if you have started to develop varicose veins, regardless of whether you are also considering cosmetic procedures to help reduce their appearance.

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