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Hyperpigmentation or skin color changes in the skin as result from significant venous circulatory issues. Increased pressure from damaged veins can keep blood from flowing properly and cause some of this blood to leak out of the veins and into the skin. This is known as Venous stasis dermatitis.


  • Scaly or crusty sores
  • Thickened skin
  • Itching
  • Throbbing pain

Call your primary physician immediately if you are experiencing pain, redness, or heat in the swollen area; have an open sore; or experience shortness of breath or swelling of the limb.

Once this occurs, it rarely goes away. However, treatment should still be done because this skin damage can lead to sores or ulcers. Medical intervention will help get this problem under control.


Higher than normal pressure through delicate veins in the lower extremities can cause some of the blood to leak through the skin. The pigmented color from the blood can cause a dark discoloration in the skin. Venous Insufficiency, which is a problem with the vein valves not working properly to pump blood, can cause this added pressure to build.


There are a variety of factors can increase your risk of developing leg discoloration such as:


Varicose Veins: Swollen, bulging veins that protrude from the surface of the skin, often with a blue or purplish color. They commonly have a rope-like or cord-like appearance on the skin.


High Blood Pressure: The pressure of blood pressing against the walls of your blood vessels is too high.


Pregnancy: Can occur due to the increased amount of fluids that is needed by the fetus


Vein Injury: From surgery or other factors that cause a weakening in the vein walls.

Our practice is experienced with offering the most progressive approaches in treating patients with advanced symptoms of venous reflux disease including the diseases mentioned above. Consult with our physician today to learn more.

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