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Venous stasis ulcers or varicose ulcers are caused when the venous valves malfunction and cause an increase in pressure in the veins. This condition generally occurs in the lower leg. The veins carry deoxygenated blood from the body back to the heart. The veins operate at a minimum pressure and any kind of malfunction in the pressure results in blood entering the subcutaneous tissue which in turn leads to edema. The final outcome of this condition is the formation of venous stasis ulcers and in some cases the necrosis of the skin and the underlying tissue. Treatment of this condition includes covering existing ulcers with dressings and using anti-septic solutions to stop any kind of infection from affecting it.


Symptoms of Venous Stasis Ulcers


  • At the beginning of the condition, the skin might begin to scale and become a bit flaky.
  • Slowly the skin loses its color and turns red and yellowish in color.
  • As and when the tissue gets even more damaged the skin becomes purplish in color and begins tearing.
  • The ulcer will now be seen ripely on the skin.
  • Pain and inflammation are common with venous stasis ulcers.

Risk Factors associated with Varicose Ulcers

  • Diabetes
  • Pregnancy
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis
  • Obesity
  • Congestive Heart Diseases
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease

Causes of Venous Stasis Ulcers

Varicose veins are often caused by lifestyle factors such as:

  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Standing or sitting for long periods

Preventing Venous Stasis Ulcers

There are some risk factors that cannot be controlled, but there are a few lifestyle changes that can help reduce the effect of the ulcers or maybe postpone them.

  • Avoid smoking
  • Manage your diabetes
  • Avoid continuous sitting and standing for long periods
  • Manage your blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels
  • Maintain an optimum BMI

Treatment of Varicose Ulcers

Varicose ulcers or venous ulcers are usually treated using compression therapy. Compression therapy in wound care usually includes using compression bandages to help increase venous return in decrease venous hypertension. Dressings can be used to manage the wound and provide symptom control.

  • Alginate Dressings Alginate dressings are a great option while treating venous ulcers as they provide a great moist wound healing environment and allow the wound to heal faster. Since they are made from natural seaweed, they can be easily used as packing material within the wound, which can then be covered by a bandage.
  • Compression Bandages Compression bandages are the cornerstone of any venous ulcer treatment. Once a dressing is applied to the wound, one can cover the wound with compression bandages that not only keep the dressing in place but act on the veins around the ulcer to expedite the healing process.

Where to Buy Compression Bandages for Venous Ulcers Online?

At Shop Wound Care, we have a wide range of products from top selling brands such as Medline, Smith & Nephew, Dumex/Derma, etc. that help in treating as well as preventing venous stasis ulcers.