Poor Circulation Can Cause Dermatitis

A certain type of dermatitis called stasis dermatitis affects individuals with poor blood circulation. When your blood circulation is sub-optimal, it prevents blood from flowing sufficiently through your veins. This can cause the blood to accumulate in the legs. The result is often unsightly and painful and requires the help of your dermatologist to properly treat.

The symptoms of stasis dermatitis include the following:

  • Itchy, reddened, scaly skin
  • Swelling that increases over time
  • Vein abnormalities including varicose veins
  • Skin that becomes dry, cracked and itchy
  • Oozing ulcers
  • Dark pigmentation, scarring, and thickened skin

The symptoms of stasis dermatitis can increase and cause severe and permanent damage to the skin and veins. Treating the condition with the help of your dermatologist during the early stages is highly advised.

Treatments for stasis dermatitis include the following:

  • Elevating the legs above the heart
  • Treating wounds and dry skin promptly
  • Irritants like pet hair and perfumes will worsen the condition and should be avoided
  • Wear loose, breathable garments to help increase circulation

One of the main things to consider as you get older is that your blood circulation will decrease and possibly cause painful complications in your skin, especially in your lower legs and feet. Stasis dermatitis may be the result.

Always consult with an experienced dermatologist whenever you notice any changes to your skin color and if you are experiencing any painful skin abnormalities. Dr. Juan Vaillant of Old Bridge Dermatology has been treating patients for hair, skin, and nail problems for over 30 years, and has the extensive background needed to help address a variety of dermatological issues. Dr. Vaillant has successfully treated acne, eczema, dandruff, hair loss, psoriasis, and nail fungus. If you are looking for an amiable, highly skilled dermatologist, call our office in Old Bridge, NJ at (732) 679-0222 and make an appointment.