Could Your Rash Be Varicose Veins?


Max had been dealing with itchy legs for a long while. The more he scratched, the more a patch of red skin appeared. Max was an avid hiker, and so he assumed he had gotten poison ivy or something similar. However, after an over the counter treatment, the rash not only stayed, but seemed to grow. When the surrounding skin began to grow dry and flaky, Max went to his doctor. Surprisingly, the doctor said it wasn’t a skin rash, but a deeper problem: Varicose veins.


A Visit to Dr. Krikorian of St. Louis


Still doubtful of his doctor’s opinion, Max went to visit Dr. Krikorian at the New Look & Vein Aesthetic Center in St. Louis. There, Dr. Krikorian confirmed what Max’s doctor originally stated: Varicose veins were the problem. Max’s itchy and dry skin was not a fungal infection or allergic reaction, it was veins close to the surface of his skin. Because Max had never heard of varicose veins before, Dr. Krikorian explained to him that it was a result of damaged or abnormal veins in his legs that could no longer push blood to his heart. This led to a pooling of blood in Max’s legs, which was the source of his itching. Dr. Krikorian gave Max a list of symptoms of varicose veins, and asked Max if he also experienced these.


Max was shocked to see ‘Aching Legs’ and ‘Ankle Swelling.’ While he had noticed these fairly minor symptoms in his legs, he hadn’t thought much of them. He would never have guessed that they were related to his itchy rash. Max had always attributed the swollen ankles to a poor diet, and the aching legs were due to his age on the days he walked more often. Dr. Krikorian explained to him that all these symptoms were interconnected, and could be solved with a simple ambulatory phlebectomy.


What Is an Ambulatory Phlebectomy?


As Max had never heard of varicose veins, he had also never heard of an ambulatory phlebectomy. Dr. Krikorian explained to Max, in detail, what he could expect from the minor surgery. The incision would be so small stitches would not be required, and the damaged vein would be removed. Max was assured he would be able to resume his normal activities the very next day, and the scar, if there was one, would be small.

Max agreed to the surgery, and was impressed by how quickly an ambulatory phlebectomy could be performed. In almost no time at all, Max was back at his house.

Following the ambulatory phlebectomy, Max dutifully followed the aftercare regimen, which involved keeping the wound clean as well as walking a lot. Max was shocked to realize that his legs were no longer sore after long walks. His ankles stopped swelling as well. And best of all, Max’s legs were no longer itchy or dry. His rash disappeared and he was finally able to get sit or stand comfortably again.