Venous Stasis Dermatitis Treatment
Treatment for stasis dermatitis may include elastic support hose, wet compresses, and corticosteroid cream or lotion. Other measures include topical antibiotics, oral antibiotics and weight reduction.
Treatment for stasis dermatitis may include:
- Elastic support hose for venous stasis:
- Hose delivers a gradient of pressure that encourages blood to flow back to the heart.
- Should be applied early in the morning when leg swelling is at its minimum.
- May initially cause discomfort to wear compression stockings, but this diminishes as the condition improves.
- Should not be used if the patient has weak pulses caused by peripheral vascular disease.
- Wet compresses for stasis dermatitis
- Burrow's solution
- Weeping lesions may benefit from a wet to damp gauze dressings.
- Leg elevation for stasis dermatitis
- Topical corticosteroids:
- Topical antibiotics for stasis dermatitis:
- Skin lesions and erosions can become infected with bacteria
- Bacitracin or Polysporin
- Impetigo may require treatment with topic mupirocin or an oral antibiotic
- Weight loss:
- Splints or bandages for stasis dermatitis
- To protect the skin
- Skin moisturizers:
- For dry skin
- Some patients with stasis dermatitis may develop contact dermatitis:
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