Stasis Dermatitis Overview
What is stasis dermatitis?
A person with stasis dermatitis has irritation and inflammation of the skin, caused by swelling in the tissues beneath the skin. Damage to the veins in the lower extremities reduces the flow of blood out of the legs. The poor blood flow causes leg swelling and prevents skin cells from working as they should, resulting in the rash of stasis dermatitis. A person with venous insufficiency is at risk for developing stasis dermatitis. About 1 out of 15 people over the age of 50 have stasis dermatitis in the US.
What are the symptoms of stasis dermatitis?
Symptoms of stasis dermatitis include a red, violet, or brown rash on the skin between the ankle and the knee. Additional symptoms may include leg swelling, leg pain, itching, or skin ulcers.
How does the doctor treat stasis dermatitis?
Treatment for stasis dermatitis may include wet compresses, elastic support hose, corticosteroid cream or lotion, antibiotic cream or lotion, weight loss, or sclerotherapy.
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