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What can raise your chances of getting venous skin ulcer?

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Venous skin ulcers are more common in older people, particularly women. You also may have a chance of getting one if you:

  • Have previous leg injuries
  • Have varicose veins
  • Smoke
  • Are obese
  • Have had circulation problems such as blood clots or phlebitis, a painful swelling of the veins

From: What Is a Venous Skin Ulcer? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Family Physician: “Diagnosis and Treatment of Venous Ulcers.”

The Cleveland Clinic: “Lower Extremity Ulcers.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Venous ulcers.”

The Circulation Foundation: “Leg ulcers.”

National Health Service (UK): “Venous leg ulcer.”

Agency for Health Care Research and Quality: “Chronic Venous Ulcers: A Comparative Effectiveness Review of Treatment Modalities.”

Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: “Malignant transformation of leg ulcers: a retrospective study of 85 cases.”

Radiologyinfo.org: “Phlebitis: Definition.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 28, 2018

SOURCES:

American Family Physician: “Diagnosis and Treatment of Venous Ulcers.”

The Cleveland Clinic: “Lower Extremity Ulcers.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Venous ulcers.”

The Circulation Foundation: “Leg ulcers.”

National Health Service (UK): “Venous leg ulcer.”

Agency for Health Care Research and Quality: “Chronic Venous Ulcers: A Comparative Effectiveness Review of Treatment Modalities.”

Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: “Malignant transformation of leg ulcers: a retrospective study of 85 cases.”

Radiologyinfo.org: “Phlebitis: Definition.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 28, 2018

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