Stasis Dermatitis

What is Stasis Dermatitis?

An inflammatory skin disease of the lower legs caused by poor circulation and fluid build-up. It is characterized by darkening or discolored skin, thickening of the skin, rashes, swelling and discomfort in legs and ankles.

What causes Stasis Dermatitis?

Stasis Dermatitis happens when there is poor circulation (venous insufficiency) in the lower legs. This is caused when valves in the leg veins that push blood back to the heart weaken and leak. Fluid and blood then pool in lower extremities.

What are the symptoms?

Stasis Dermatitis is characterized by a red itchy, scaly rash on the ankles and feet. Skin may appear shiny or tight. Prickling needle pains, aching, blisters and ulceration can also be associated with this condition.

How is it diagnosed?

Obesity, heart failure, kidney disease, old age and multiple pregnancies are risk factors for the disease. The diagnosis of Stasis Dermatitis is made through physical examination by a physician, medical history and diagnostic tests such as ultra sound or sometimes blood testing and allergy testing. Leg Vein surgery is a treatment option for stasis dermatitis.

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