Venous Skin Ulcer Symptoms

Venous skin ulcers are open, often painful, sores in the skin that take more than a month to heal. he first sign of a venous skin ulcer is skin that turns dark red or purple over the area where the blood is leaking out of the vein. The skin also may become thick, dry, and itchy. They usually develop on the inside of the leg, just above the ankle. If you have a venous venous skin ulcers, you may also have:

  • Swollen ankles (edema)
  • Discoloration and darkening of the skin around the ulcer
  • Hardened skins around the ulcer
  • Leg swelling, heaviness and cramping
  • Aching, itching or tingling in your legs
  • Red, flaky, scaly and itchy skin
  • Swollen and enlarged veins (varicose veins)
  • Unpleasant and foul-smelling discharge from the ulcer
  • High temperature (fever)
  • Worsening pain

If the wound becomes infected, the infection may cause an odor and pus may drain from the wound. The area around the wound also may be more tender and red.

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