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Is hair loss associated with varicose veins?

Is it usual to lose your hair where you develop varicose veins?


Doctors Answers (13)

This is a good question. Yes, hair loss can be associated with varicose veins. Individuals with large varicose vein disease suffer from a back flow problem of their 'trunk veins' and this condition basically doesn't allow for the proper emptying of all the waste products coming from the legs. As such, the skin will feel 'sick' and the symptoms can be itching, burning and hair loss.

Skin conditions, medications, thyroid problems are a few of the causes of leg hair loss. Peripheral artery disease (PAD), also known as hardening of the arteries is another cause. Varicose veins would be an unusual cause. If you are experiencing hair loss, a visit to your primary care physician would be a good idea.

Hair loss does not occur due to varicose veins, However, it is very common for hair loss to occur on legs with age.

Hair loss is not associated with varicose veins. If the superficial varicose veins start to bleed below the skin, there will be skin color changes (dark blue, dark brown colors...) In extreme cases, a minority of patients will have skin breaks or ulcers where obviously hair cannot grow.

Varicose veins reduce circulation and increase venous pressure. Reduced venous circulation effects the removal of acids, carbon dioxide, and nitrogenous waste from the cells and so may cause the hairs in the region to miniaturize down to vellus hair but most hair loss is related to genetics and hormonal changes.

No, there is not an association between hair loss and varicose veins. However, there is another vascular condition called peripheral arterial disease (PAD) that can be associated with hair loss on the legs due to hardening of the arteries and poor circulation. PAD tends to affect individuals who are over the age of 50, have a history of smoking, diabetes or heart disease, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

This can occur, but is not an absolute relationship.

When it comes to leg circulation, arteries deliver blood to the legs and veins returned it to the heart. Hair loss is often a symptom of peripheral arterial disease which is due to blockages in the arteries. Hair loss is not associated with varicose veins however.

There is really no correlation.

No, not that I am aware of.

Common varicose veins do not usually cause hair loss. Severe cases of varicose veins and venous insufficiency (reflux) can cause hair loss as well as cause serious damage to the skin. Severe peripheral arterial disease (blockage in the arteries), which is a different problem for varicose veins, can also cause hair loss on the legs. Examination by a vein specialist and a venous ultrasound can determine the severity of any vascular problems in the legs that may be responsible for hair loss, skin changes, or discomfort in the legs.

Hair loss at the lower calf or foot is common in patients who have varicose veins and often will regrow after treatment of varicose veins. There are many other causes of hair loss as well including arterial blockage in the legs and thyroid disorders.

No, hair loss is not associated with varicose veins.

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