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Gravitational Eczema

To protect gravitational eczema, place a pad or bandage under support or elastic stockings. Socks and trousers will also help to protect the leg but make sure no clothing cuts into the flesh. Support stockings also help drive the blood flow back towards the heart.

Compression bandaging may be needed but should not be carried out until special leg blood pressure measurements have been taken by your healthcare professional to ensure there is adequate circulation.

Bandages impregnated with coal tar or ichthammol can be very soothing to gravitational eczema. As well as helping to moisturise dry and fragile skin these also offer protection from knocks and scratching.

However, they can irritate the skin, and occasionally allergies may develop. Tell your doctor or nurse if your eczema gets worse after using them.

Gravitational Eczema Facts

  • Varicose veins can be cured so seek advice from your doctor
  • Persistent gravitational eczema requires specialist investigation, usually in the form of a vein scan, so see your doctor
  • Phlebitis, thrombosis and varicose veins need support at all times, speak to your doctor about support tights and stockings
  • Try not to stand or sit still for long periods of time, try the following to help keep the blood moving in the veins:
  • Frequently flex your feet
  • Rise up onto your toes or bend down at the knees
  • When sitting raise your legs to the level of the chair or higher to relieve aches and reduce ankle swelling
  • Exercise is important to get your muscles working and help push blood through your veins

If the skin becomes hot and inflamed, begins to ooze or look different, or if you feel feverish and sweaty, you may have a skin infection. A visit to your GP is a must as you may have to take a course of antibiotics. To find out more, the National Eczema Society has a fact sheet all about gravitational eczema that you can download from the related documents to the right of this page.

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