Skin discoloration on the legs or lower body can be a sign of vascular disease or diabetes. Skin discoloration caused by venous disease results from veins that do not function properly. The skin may swell and turn blue, red, brown, or have pale discoloration. Some people report that their skin looks dirty even after taking a shower.
Also, look out for skin tone and texture changes, throbbing, itching, and hair loss on the legs. Contact your doctor if you have these symptoms because they could be linked to vascular diseases, like chronic venous insufficiency or deep vein thrombosis. Left untreated, skin changes from a vein disease can lead to ulcers and wounds.
Vascular skin discoloration can additionally appear as varicose veins or spider veins. Varicose veins may be red or blue and bulge. The surrounding skin may also be discolored. Varicose veins can be a severe health risk, so seek treatment immediately.
Spider veins are a smaller, milder version of varicose veins and pose no serious health risk.
The VeinSolutions teams in Flint, Michigan, and Lapeer, Michigan, can provide in-depth screenings for your venous conditions and an effective treatment plan.