The Best Treatment for Stasis Dermatitis

The Best Treatment for Stasis Dermatitis

It’s common for the skin of the lower legs to suffer from venous issues. Returning blood from the feet to the heart works against gravity for two-thirds of the day, placing a burden on the valves inside veins that help prevent the backward flow of blood. 

Retaining fluids in the ankles, called edema, is a common sign that valves are failing. The characteristic swelling pushes outward on the skin, and reduced circulation takes a toll, particularly if your edema is chronic. 

Stasis dermatitis, a form of eczema, sometimes occurs when you have chronic edema. Without treatment, complications, including hard-to-heal ulcers, can arise. While there are home care treatments that can help, partnering with MD Vein and Skin Specialists ensures expert care for your skin. Here’s what you need to know about caring for stasis dermatitis. 

The best treatment for stasis dermatitis

As with many conditions that arise as symptoms of an underlying disease or injury, treating the source is often the best way to heal the symptom. With stasis dermatitis, both the origin of the problem and the skin condition itself can be treated. Though these treatment goals may be addressed simultaneously, the best treatment for stasis dermatitis is to control or eliminate the chronic edema. 

Causes of chronic edema

You may develop edema for a number of reasons, including: 

In addition, a sedentary lifestyle that includes long hours spent in stationary sitting or standing positions can aggravate other edema causes. 

Treating edema

Controlling chronic edema controls stasis dermatitis. Some of the treatments used to control edema are: 

These strategies don’t directly treat your skin condition, but improvements to leg circulation help your body repair stasis dermatitis damage naturally. 

Reducing dermatitis symptoms

Antihistamine medications may help to relieve the itching associated with stasis dermatitis, and you can apply moisturizer to help relieve skin dryness. However, use a product that’s free of perfumes and dyes to reduce the chance of introducing contact dermatitis. 

Oral or topical antibiotics may be used if skin infection is present, and topical steroid creams may help to reduce inflammation. 

Treating leg ulcers

Should your stasis dermatitis progress to the point where venous ulcers emerge, special care is necessary, as these ulcers tend to heal poorly because of the same poor circulation that contributed to their origin. 

You might require surgical cleaning of the ulcer wound to remove dead tissue. Leg ulcers often respond better to occlusive (air and water-tight) dressings, changed infrequently. In more serious cases, skin grafts or hyperbaric oxygen treatments may be necessary. 

Treating stasis dermatitis in its earliest stages may help to prevent complications like venous ulcers. Contact MD Vein and Skin Specialists when edema first emerges to benefit from prompt medical care. You can reach the office by phone or online, so book your consultation now. 

You Might Also Enjoy...

Persistent Leg Swelling: A Symptom You Should Never Ignore

Your doctor calls it edema, but you know it as swollen ankles and legs. Occasional puffiness after a long day on your feet may not be concerning, but persistent swelling can indicate other conditions, including some that you should never ignore.

3 Types of Endovenous Ablation — Which Is Right for You?

The go-to treatment for varicose vein removal is endovenous ablation. It’s not, however, a single technique. Three types of ablation are commonly used, each with its own characteristics, to tackle small, medium, and large varicose veins.

4 Risk Factors of Venous Ulcers You Should Know

Veins move blood back to the heart, but there are conditions when they can fail, causing blood to pool and press against vein walls. Usually affecting the lower legs and feet, venous insufficiency can cause slow-healing wounds called venous ulcers.

What Is Mole Mapping, and Am I a Good Candidate?

Of all skin cancers, melanoma is the most aggressive and potentially dangerous form. Mole mapping provides a frame of reference to monitor the appearance of moles and detection of new melanoma lesions in at-risk patients. Read on to learn more.

6 Types of Skin Growths and How to Treat Them

Since cancer of the skin is the most common form of the disease, the appearance of new growths may be unsettling. However, there are plenty of common, non-cancerous skin conditions too. Here’s a list of six that you may encounter.

Most People Miss These Signs of Vein Disease

Symptoms of vein disease are sometimes subtle or mistaken for other conditions. When symptoms are mild, it can be tempting to ignore them or wait for things to clear up. Learn to recognize these signs of vein disease to seek early treatment.