Itchy Legs – Causes and Treatment

The human skin is not just a protective layer but also a highly sensitive sensory instrument which may be afflicted with a number of sensations that can cause discomfort. Itching is one of the more uncomfortable sensations, second only to pain. It can vary in intensity and duration, from a mild itch of a few minutes to the severe itch that can last for weeks.

Why do the legs itch?

Itching of the legs is a common ailment that may arise without any underlying disease or obvious skin rash and often no cause can be found. It can nevertheless cause great discomfort and even affect a person’s daily functioning or sleep. Itching of the legs must be clearly differentiated from other sensations like leg pain or leg tingling.  Pain may be due to actual injury to the skin and underlying tissue, while tingling may be a sign of neurological conditions.

The itch receptors are intended to serve as a means of warning a person of some irritation on the skin. It usually elicits the scratching action which not only provides some relief from itching but is also intended to remove the surface irritant. However, itching may occur without any irritant triggering these receptors on the surface of the skin.

The various causes of itchy legs are listed below :

Poor Hygiene

Proper hygiene ensures that sweat, sebum (oil) and dead skin cells that have not fallen off as yet, do not collect on the skin surfaces. On the other hand, excessive cleaning can cause the skin to dry and therefore cause itching. It is important to strike a balance to ensure regular bathing with adequate moisturizing.

Keratosis Pilaris (Chicken Skin, “Leg Acne”)

In keratosis pilaris (link : pictures) thickening of the hair follicles result in small, skin-colored, red, or brown bumps (goose bumps, chicken skin, leg acne) on the thighs, arms or other parts of the body. Heat and irritation by clothes can provoke a bout of itching. Bumps in this harmless, genetically predisposed condition can be rubbed off but tend to recur.



In staphylococcal folliculitis (link : pictures and treatment), there is an infection of the hair follicles with Staphylococcus aureus (bacteria). It presents as small red bumps sometimes with white centers which resembles acne, and tends to appear on the thighs, upper trunk, face or other body parts. These small bumps are usually itchy or cause a burning pain. Staph folliculitis, even if not treated, usually heals on its own in few days/weeks.

Picture 1. Staphylococcal folliculitis (source: Samuel Freire da Silva, M.D., atlasdermatologico)


Jock Itch

Tinea cruris - jock itch

Jock itch is the common term for a fungal infection of the groin region and upper thigh. Jock itch is a red or brown papular rash on the inner thighs, genitals, and buttocks, caused by dermatophytes (tinea fungi), commonly affecting athletes and others who perspire excessively in the groin region. It can be treated with antifungal medication.

Picture 2. Jock itch (Tinea cruris)on the inner thigh (source: Samuel Freire da Silva, M.D., atlasdermatologico)

More pictures of jock itch (<< click and search for “Tinea cruris“)

Leg Itch During Running

1. Leg Itch in Unfit Runners

A person who starts vigorous exercise like running after a prolonged period of inactivity can experience intense itch a short while into the activity. In a fit runner, the small arteries in the muscles usually open rapidly in response to high demand to blood, but in an unfit runner arteries may not open properly leading to a low oxygen state. This may cause irritation of adjacent nerves and therefore the sensation of itching (1). The condition tends to ease after a few days to weeks of activity as the body adapts to the increased demands.

2.Cholinergic Urticaria (Physical Urticaria, Heat Rash)

Cholinergic urticaria (hives) are red, swollen bumps or patches appearing on the skin as an allergic reaction to physical stimuli, like pressure of the clothes, exercise, heat, sunlight, cold, vibration, water, spicy food, or emotional stress. Injection with acetylcholine tends to provide rapid relief of symptoms, hence the term cholinergic.

Cholinergic (physical) urticaria on the legPicture 3. Cholinergic (physical) urticaria on the lower leg (source:

Some people experience intense leg itch during walking, running, after a hot shower or in a hot environment in general (3). The exact cause is not known, but could be related to an allergy to sweat itself. Sweat triggers the release of histamine causing itchiness in the legs or other parts of the body. It may also present with warm skin and small (up to 2-3 mm) bumps, which usually persist from 30 minutes to 2 hours. Some people may respond with a positive patch test to their own sweat.

Treatment. In severe itching, discontinuing exercise and removing tight clothing around the legs is advisable. A shower with lukewarm water can help to cool down the area and remove irritant sweat. If the itching does not stop, antihistamines like oral hydroxyzine may help with symptomatic relief. Read more about using antihistamines in itchy conditions.

Tendency of the skin to develop an urticaria-like rash, when stroked, is called dermatographism. It is quite common, mainly appears in young adults and often triggered by stress. The condition can last for several months and continuous treatment with non-sedative antihistamines is usually effective.

Additional Pictures of Cholinergic Urticaria


  • Do not exercise in hot humid weather.
  • Take a shower before exercise to remove sweat, oil and any trapped dirt/dust.
  • Use a moisturizing cream after bathing to prevent the skin from drying.
  • Wear light, airy sportswear made from cotton.
  • Wash new underwear or sportswear before the first use to prevent reaction to fabric dyes

3. Exercise-Induced Anaphylaxis (EIA)

Anaphylaxis (Gk ana = against, phylaxis = protection) is a severe allergic reaction to certain, very specific allergens (allergy-triggering substances). Rarely, anaphylactic reaction can be triggered by exercise. A person who has ingested specific foods like shellfish or nuts; substances like alcohol; or medication like aspirin, ibuprofen, antibiotics, herbal supplements, diuretics, and started exercising up to 24 hours thereafter, may experience intense leg itch, warmth, fatigue, urticaria (hives) anywhere on the skin, facial swelling, difficulty breathing, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, or fainting within 30 minutes of exercising.

Symptoms can progress to shock or even death but this is rare. Symptoms of EIA do not appear after eating alone or exercising on its own, but only after a combination of eating certain foods followed by exercising. Symptoms also do not appear after hot shower or during stress as may be seen with hives. Exercising in cold weather or during menstruation can also trigger exercise-induced anaphylaxis in some individuals.

Treatment of severe allergic reaction in EIA is by an intramuscular injection of adrenaline (epinephrine) as soon as possible (3).

Prevention of EIA is by determining trigger foods and medication with skin patch tests and avoiding these triggers on the day of and immediately before the scheduled exercise program. An affected person should wear a medic-alert bracelet and never exercise alone.

4. Itchy Pants Syndrome (Pants Paresthesia Syndrome)

Wearing new pants or ones made by synthetic material may irritate the skin and cause contact or allergic dermatitis. Both these conditions cause severe itching. It can be prevented to some extent by using natural textiles like cotton and washing new clothing before first use. Friction of the pants against the skin may also cause itching.

Leg Itch After a Shower

Reasons for leg itch after a shower (usually hot shower) :

  • Frequent use of very hot water and certain soaps like antibacterial and strongly scented soaps, removes the protective oily layer lining the skin thereby making the skin dry and itchy.
  • Cholinergic urticaria (discussed above).
  • Skin diseases like psoriasis or dermatitis.
  • Blood diseases like polycythemia vera (rare).
  • Psychological reasons.

Prevention. First the cause should try to be isolated. Use lukewarm water, avoid strongly scented and antibacterial soaps and use a moisturizing cream immediately after bathing. If the itch eases with these measures then the cause may have been excessively dry skin. In cholinergic urticaria, an antihistamine like Benadryl by mouth taken 30 minutes before shower usually helps. Skin patch tests may be able to identify topical causes like an allergy to specific soaps or shampoos.

Gravitational Eczema (Stasis Eczema, Venous Eczema)

Stasis (gravitational) eczema

In deep vein thrombosis or in varicose veins, blood can not be pumped efficiently from the leg veins back to the heart. This results in blood pooling within the lower limbs.  The lower legs may be red, swollen, itchy, and cracks and scaling may appear.

Picture 4. Stasis (gravitational) eczema on the lower leg. (source: Samuel Freire da Silva atlasdermatologico)

Treatment. Underlying varicose veins or thrombosis has to be treated. Corticosteroid ointments help in severe inflammation.


  • Avoid standing for long periods,
  • Legs should be kept clean and drying prevented with moisturizing creams

Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is the strong urge to move the legs because of itching and/or tingling that develops during a rest. The condition may severely affect sleeping. Symptoms partly or completely disappear with moving the legs or a short walk. This disorder is of neurological origin and the exact cause is not known.

There is no definite cure for RLS. Treating underlying disorders is integral in management of RLS. Alcohol and caffeine should be avoided. Medications to treat Parkinson’s disease or analgesics are sometimes effective.

Other Causes of Leg Itch

Leg itch may be a part of generalized itch caused by different disorders, such as xerotic eczema, senile pruritis, atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, parasites, infections, obstructive biliary disease, chronic renal failure, malignancy, medications, neurodermatitis, diabetes, peripheral nerve damage, emotional stress or psychological disorders. It is therefore not isolated to the legs.

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  • Jan Modric


    if the rash is constant, I mean, it does not appear and disappear every few ours, it can be an infection. I strongly advice you to NOT shave your legs, since the eventual infection can spread. See a dermatologist to get a diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

  • my

    i have pruritus whenever it’s hot..but it sometimes itch even when i’m in an airconditioned room….i can’t tell if it’s food allergy, skin sensitivity or what..can you help me with this…

  • Jan Modric


    red bumpy or patchy rash (hives) appearing and disappearing within hours would speak for an allergy. Rash does not always occur in allergy, though. Itch relief after taking an antihistamin pill, like Benadryl, would also speak for an allergy. Itch can appear from few minutes to about 72 hours after ingesting or contact with an allergen. Certain food, medication, cloth, soap, ointment…could trigger an allergic reaction. If you can’t find the cause, you may visit an allergologist, who can perform skin tests.

  • sunshine

    I have a general itch all over (legs, arms, back, hands, feet) but the focus of where the itch usually is and is pretty persistent (off and on) is my lower legs. I literally have no idea what is causing it. I came from Canada to the States for the summer, and have been here since early may. I got a couple bites I guess one night last month there were 2 or 3 of them in one cluster on the side/back of my leg. It healed and I’m not sure if it’s relevant but after that I noticed my legs became itchier than usual. Horrible itch that I can’t stop scratching and I have made my legs bleed a little bit by scratching some bumps. I have been going through a lot of emotional and mental stress since April, and I also have razor bumps and hair follicles in some of those bumps. But I have also had scabs and bumps that have reminded me of white hives. I’m 22 and female so I don’t know if my gender or age may have anything to do with it. But I’m going crazy with the itching. anyone know what might be wrong and what the hell I can do to stop it? I have been using Cortizone to try to relieve the itch, and I have also been trying to moisturize my legs to see if that helps.

  • Jan Modric


    don’t use Cortisone long term, since it may cause permanent thinning of the skin. If you shave your legs, stop it completely, also don’t use any depilating cream. Bumps with white heads may be staphylococcal folliculitis; OTC antibacterial creams containing mupirocin are available. If it is an allergy, antihistamine pills (non-sedating ones also exist) would likely relieve the itch. Stress may be one cause of hives, but think about other possible causes, like cloths or soap.

  • Alexa

    Hello, My legs have been itching me like crazy! This has never happened to me before. I’m 17 years old and about a year ago my legs started to randomly itch. I have noticed that, when itching, my skin looks really dry and I can see the white dead skin cells coming off! It’s only on my lower legs too! This itching happens when I get out of the shower, just in regular clothes, or when I’m in bed sleeping and can itch for about an hour. I dont know if it is from the heat of the shower or maybe just my bed? I did get a bad sunburn on them a while ago which could be the cause. I really don’t know though. Can anyone help?

  • Jan Modric


    if there is any visible change on the skin (like dead cells), a dermatologist may give you a diagnosis. OTC antihistamine pills taken before the shower may help, but this is not a permanent solution.

  • younguy23

    ABout 2 to 3 weeks ago my inner thigh started itching like crazy. I checked it out and saw a few lil red bumps. I thought it was just a normal rash and after a while it would go away. But it didnt. It got worse…got like the picture 2, kinda red ish- brown ish reash the same spot as the picture 2 and also on my testicle, but it kept to my right side. I started using neosporin but didnt see much results so i switched to cortizone 10. Im not sure if it is working or not, but it did go to the other side, my left side. it itches a lot i try not to itch cause when it started on the right side i actually got an open sore from itching and i think from my underwear also, cause i wear briefs sometimes . Anyway, i thought it could have been syphilis, now im not so sure. Im confused and im a lil hypochondriac.

  • Jan Modric


    picture 2 shows jock itch, which is a fungal infection. OTC ointments and presctribed oral medicatione exist.

  • caitlinbellabella

    Hey I HOPE you answer me because I have no insurance and can not afford to go to the doctor for this unless it is serious. Ever since I can remember, (I am 17 now) when I walk and its cold, not even super cold like below 60 degrees, my legs just go craaaazy itching after about oh maybe 15, 20 minutes. Mainly my thighs down to my knee area. Afterward it feels slightly bruised in some places, which I do not know if thats from itching it so hard or what because I always HAVE to itch it. I do not itch till it bleeds or anything it usually goes away after ten minutes, getting at its worst right when I go inside somewhere warm. Or just like when I go to the beach (I live in oregon so the coast here is always freezing cold and stormy it rarely gets above 60 degrees) sometimes if its sunny anyways I will stick my feet in the cold water, and once I get to the hot sand my feet do the same thing. Just this horrible itching. As with my legs, it goes away too after about ten minutes. Help?

  • Jan Modric


    have you ever noticed any rash, like pinkish bumps or patches (hives)? One possible explanation is some sort of allergic reaction to cold/heat ad the other is a change in a blood flow in the capillaries under the skin triggered by cold/heat. Some people reported that rinsing the skin with a cold water has helped, and some said that taking antihistamines, like Claritin has prevented itch.

  • Etinchen

    Hi Jan,

    Trust you are doing well,

    My girlfriend has itching thighs for close to 3 months, it comes and goes. However when it comes it feels like the itching sensation is like bugs eating away. There are NO visible signs of a rash or any discoloration or bumps. It typically happens mornings and after showers in the everning. She has seen the dermatologist and they only gave her hydrocortisone and doxepin which kworks just ok. She has taken Benadrayl which works better however she doesnt want to depend on over the counter. The dermatologist says it might be nerve damage because nothing is visible.

    My gf also has a jack terrior for 12 years however recently this occured. Plus even when I’m around her because I have hair on my legs she gets especially itching on her thighs, when we are in bed.

    Any recommendations?

    Thanks Jan,

  • Jan Modric


    hydrocortisone and Benadryl may help in allergies; doxepin is a tricyclic antidepressant. Now, I don’t know, which of these has actually helped. I agree, staying on these meds for prolonged periods is not a good idea.

    Allergic response, even to foods, may be without any visible change on the skin. Possible triggers include one or more of the following: heat (morning, shower), sweat, physical stress from simple touch to rubbing the skin, psychological stress and other things mentioned above in the article under “cholinergic” or “physical urticaria”. Again, an itch could be the only symptoms.

    She can make some experiments: does the itch appear after cold or lukewarm shower? Does it appear if she takes Benadryl an hour before the shower? Is there more itch if she’s anxious or stressed? She can think about causes of eventual stress and try to temporarily avoid them , if possible, to see if it helps.

    I’m not sure if in a neurological damage symptoms would be triggered only by certain specific events, and not others. Neurological damage typically causes tingling, numbness, burning or pain, but not likely itch. Itch is a sensation that triggers the need to scratch, and there ‘s no need to scratch in most neurological disorders.

  • caitlinbellabella

    Nope, no rash, I am not sure it may not even get red if it was not for me itching it, but I would not know. I will definitely try rinsing with cold water though. And maybe some claratin.

  • Roxie

    I have diabetes type 2 and lupus (discoid)and have poor circulation in lower left leg due to bad knee surgery years ago. I am been suffering with a severe red rash for a long time. It is just above the inside of my left ankle and half way up my lower leg. Only on the inside of the lower leg. It is itchy, very painful, hot and the skin feels tight. It looks gravitational eczema (from a picture I saw). It feels like lots of little ants crawling all over that area biting. The center of this is numb so when I scratch, I can not feel it so I end up tearing the skin. My lower leg does swell alot. I have not changed washing detergent, bath soap or shamboo.
    I live in Florida so it is hot here. If my leg gets wet for whatever reason (showering, sweat, rain), it really itches. I have had unna boots and dry bandages. At this point, I can’t even wear long pants as I can not stand to have anything touching that area. I do get 1cc triacymalone and 1cc depomedrol injections. This helps for a while and then it starts all over again. Can you help?

  • Jan Modric


    a dermatologist should give you an exact diagnosis. It can be an inflammation, infection, the problem with circulation or with nerves, or eczema, or lupus…The drugs you’ve mentioned speak for an inflammation rather than stasis eczema, though.

  • Sarah S

    I get these red patches on my legs about this time the year almost every year (for the past three years)… they start very red and then they are there for a while and gradually seems like they open up (a circle opening up which turns to my regular skin color in the middle) and the outer part (which is the red part) opens up and as it gets bigger it disappears. They are not itchy, not dry, not bumpy… nothing is really bothering me about them excpet for the way they look! I have light kin and it really stands out when I have red patches on my legs.
    The patch itself is about a finger tip size… it looks like it’s a solid patch but it’s more like a million pencil-tip red spots all in one place.
    I showed it to a doctor 3 years ago and he said it’ll go away by itself it’s just some type of seasonal allergy… but it really is starting to bother me and I don’t know what to do to make it go away :(

    Thank you!

  • Jan Modric


    My first thought was erythema migrans caused by a bacteria Borrelia contracted by a tic bite (images). A small red circular discoloration without other surface changes or itch appears anywhere on the skin, and grows as a ring, leaving the normal skin inside and disappears in few weeks. It is an infectologist who can (on the basis of blood tests) give a diagnosis of borreliosis (Lyme disease). In theory you can get repeated infections, since immunity that develops is relatively weak and short-lived. November is not quite a typical month to get Borrelia, but it’s not impossible.

    I can’t exclude allergic rash (eczema), but these rashes often itch and have surface changes, like flaking or bumps.

  • Georgia c

    Hi, I have been suffering from itchy legs for over a month. Mainly my thighs but now my stomach and hands are starting to itch. There is no obvious rash, sometimes i’ll see very small raised bumps appear.
    I thought it could be a shower gel I was using or washing powder so I changed them, but that’s not worked. I now think it has something to do with where I’m sleeping which is on my sisters bedroom floor with lots of duvets. It seems to get predominantly worse when I lie down there and I can’t sleep due to itching everywhere.

  • Jan Modric

    Georgia c,

    small bumps (that probably disappear within a day?) and itch related to a certain sleeping place or duvets may speak for an allergic reaction to some fabric or mites…

  • itchyinusa

    I have been to doctors and one said scabies and then another said fleas and another said dermatitis.It is beyond annoying… It comes and goes. I will get intense itching and then it will stop. It itches so bad it stings. It’s in patches. Some are small red dots and some are in patches and look irritated.

  • Jan Modric


    it is a dermatologist who can give you a diagnosis. Scabies less likely causes patchy rashes. Pinkish red bumps and patches with smooth surfaces would speak for an allergy. Rough or scaly rash surface more likely speaks for dermatitis.

  • joe

    i do have hairy thighs nd legs but a certain time comes and i lost hairs in my thighs and upper legs due course of constant itching. am always ashamed to expose them and i dont know how they came.i have been in great pain over this. what do i do now to recover my loss of hairs as the itching comes once a while……………..any advice pls

  • Jan Modric


    does any rash appear along with loss of hair?

  • paul

    I have a similar feeling for years my foot has been itching but now it’s unbearable, its affecting everything i do. at first i thought i thought it had something to do with the heat but after i took a shower, it came in full force. i wear different socks, shoes and underwears. any help would be greatly appreciated

  • arooba

    i want to ask that.. ihave itching on my legs…. and i feel very bad in front of my friends and co leaguue.. because of itching. nd i have also scars of itching on my legs now… what should i do??

  • Jan Modric


    itching occurring only after exposure to heat or hot shower may speak for a “cholinergic urticaia” (an allergologist can judge about this), but a doctor wuld need to exclude other possible causes, like certain vessel or nerve disorders in the foot.

  • Jan Modric


    without describing any rash and revealing any circumstances, I can’t say what could be the cause.

  • linkly

    My legs have this really bad itch sometimes now since the last 3 and I’m 16 years old. I’ve been going to different websites to figure out what it is. I get small red bumps and a few scaly areas on my legs only. At school I don’t itch normally, but the itching becomes bad when I’m trying to sleep or when I’m home doing things. I have shingles so could this be linked with it? (shingles is only on my arms and doesn’t cause me pain) I don’t really have standing problems nor horrible itching after showers. And I have no been sweating. What could this be?

  • Jan Modric


    shingles can affect any part of the skin, and can affect both arms and legs at the same time, but unless you got this diagnosis from a doctor, I can’t say if you have shingles or not. Another common cause of itchy bumps is folliculitis – a bacterial infection of the hair follicles, so bumps develop around the pores from which hair come out. In this case the rash would be there all the time. Bumpy hives are caused by allergic reaction to food or clothes, for example. In this case, rash would appear and disappear within hours. I recommend you to visit a dermatologist.

  • giggles18r

    I occasionally get small bumps on my thighs that remind me of bug bites, they itch horribly! No rash just the itchy bumps.

  • giggles18r

    I’m 26 and the bumps appear on the outside of my thighs. I dont have allergies that I know of any I wash my sheets regularly and havent changed detergents.

  • Jan Modric


    if bumps disappear within few hours, they are probably from some kind of allergy, which includes allergy to physical stimuli, like temperature change, hot water, physical pressure and the like. Such bumps can also occur during a severe emotional stress. An antihistamine pill, like Benadryl, taken before expected bumps occurrence that would prevent bumps appearance, would speak for an allergy.

  • giggles18r

    thanks Jan! The bumps usually last a few days, 3-6 on average, and when I first started to get them I did first a topical creme, calamine lotion, which helped VERY temporarily, and the next time I took a Benadryl which I didnt even notice it helping…

  • STB

    I have found that if you drink bottled water, the itchiness and stinging goes away…

  • amie

    After when i would shave my legs they would get really itchy,then i thought maybe i shouldnt shave so i stopped and my legs would still be kept going on for a few months.Now after when i get out of the shower/bath my legs would be really itchy and sometimes my arms too, can anyone help me please?

  • Vidya


    I have terrible itch allover my legs. I use mild soap, use moisturizer after shower etc. but still it’s worse in the evening. I am taking a tablet HCL based daily. but nothing is helping me. I’m in an air conditioned room during office hours. Pl help!

  • Manda

    I am a mail carrier and after a day of working outside in the cold, I get these itchy bumps on my thighs that resemble mosquito bites. They do go away after a while of warming up at home. What could they be?? It only happens in the cold weather.

  • Dr. Chris

    Hi Amie

    You may have a mild case of folliculitis after shaving and it is therefore important to use a lubricant when shaving and sterilize the area properly after shaving. Always use a new sterile razor and disposables may be the better option. The itch you are now experiencing could be related to contact dermatitis that is often related to soaps. Apart from the itching, you may notice some redness of the skin. This is just one possibility and could be linked to various other problems including skin diseases, poor circulation and nutrient deficiencies. You should speak to your doctor about it and possibly follow up with a dermatologist.

  • Jo

    I posted a message here a while back about very itchy lower legs accompanied by small red or skin coloured spots.
    I now think it is directly linked to hair regrowth, as I only seem to have these itchy episodes a couple of weeks after epilating, when the hair on my lower legs starts to regrow. If I let the hair grow out or just after I have epilated there is no itching at all.
    Before I started epilating, I used to shave my legs, and don’t recall any itching like this.
    Is it possible that regrowing hair could cause this itching as it pushes up through the skin?

  • Dr. Chris

    Hi Jo

    Yes, it is possible that the growing hair can cause the itching. This is a common phenomenon associated with hair removal. If the rash is prominent or pustular, there is also the possibility of folliculitis.

  • Katie McKee

    Hi, I have noticed lately that the top of my thighs itch terribly when I’m sitting at work or driving. I’ve even broken capillaries from scratching and ‘pinching’ my skin to make it stop. I wear the same clothes and use the same detergent I always have. Years ago I had itchy ankles for a while but that went away. I’ve tried shaving, not shaving, different lotions, etc. but nothing seems to help. Any ideas? Thank you!

  • ms.itchy

    Ive had this issue for several years. And dread workouts because of thr itchyness only. I want to run, it helps me keep stress down. But the itcy body, felt like poor circulation, like getting on a massage chair too long.. an gradually got itchier by the minute. Im seeing a MD now who is checking my veins. Vein disease is a real cause of these symptoms. Blood cant move about the way it should. This will need laser surgery. Not painfull, in office visit. I’ve had utlra sounds of the veins, an low an behold. Vein diesease. Hope this helps.