What is Stasis Dermatitis?

Do you have varicose veins or poor circulation? You may be susceptible to a type of dermatitis called stasis dermatitis. When you have poor circulation, it prevents blood from flowing properly through your veins, often causing blood to pool in the legs. This condition, known as venous insufficiency, can lead to the development of stasis dermatitis.

What are the symptoms of stasis dermatitis?

Chronic venous insufficiency can lead to:

  • Reddened, scaly skin
  • Swelling that progresses throughout the day
  • Varicose veins
  • Dry, cracked, itchy skin
  • Oozing
  • Ulcers
  • Permanent changes to skin such as dark pigmentation, scarred and thickened skin

Symptoms can progress and cause severe and permanent damage to the skin and veins, so it is important to address the poor circulation while symptoms are mild.

What treatments are used?

  • Compression stockings
  • Elevating the legs above the heart as much as possible
  • Following a skin care plan to address the wounds and dry skin
  • Avoiding irritants like pet hair and perfumes that can worsen the condition
  • Wearing loose, breathable garments

If you are middle aged or older and have poor circulation, it is important to be vigilant about any changes to your lower legs, especially when it comes to venous insufficiency. If you notice any discomfort or changes in your skin, consult with a dermatologist who has the experience and expertise to manage your condition.

Old Bridge Dermatology has been treating patient in the Old Bridge, NJ area for over 30 years. Dr. Juan Vaillant takes individual patient care seriously, and uses his specialties in dermatology, as well as anatomic and clinical pathology to help his patients. No matter what kind of hair, nail, or skin issue you have, you can trust that Dr. Vaillant and his compassionate staff will give you the care and treatment you deserve. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (732) 679-0222 today!