Varicose Eczema is sometimes misdiagnosed as Cellulitis

It has been reported that some patients have been misdiagnosed with Cellulitis , when in fact the correct diagnosis in their specific case was Varicose Eczema.

Varicose eczema is an eczema that occurs alongside varicose veins in the legs. Symptoms can include a dry, scaly rash, red and discoloured skin, hyperpigmentation, aching legs, warm skin and swollen ankles. Varicose eczema can be misdiagnosed as other dermatological conditions such as cellulitis, contact dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis, scabies, hives and allergies.

Always consult your doctor or health professional, and do not self diagnose.

Symptoms can include:

Hyperpigmentation, aching legs, ankle swelling, warm feeling in legs, skin remains cool when touched, itchy varicose veins, dry and scaly rash, red or discoloured inflamed shiny skin

Symptoms are a guideline only and may apply to either the diagnosis or the reported misdiagnosis, or both. Consult your specialist for further information.

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