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What are the differences between stasis dermatitis & cellulitis?

What are the differences between stasis dermatitis & cellulitis?

Marked difference: Stasis dermatitis means changes about the ankle area due to venous incompetence, and manifested by increased pigmentation, thickened skin and underlying soft tissue, scaling, itchy skin. Cellulitis is infection in the skin/subcutaneous tissue with redness, often tender to touch, at times associated with fever, and tender lymph nodes in the groin/armpit, depending upon location. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Miller
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Cellulitis (Definition)

A common skin condition that is caused by bacteria. Common symptoms may include fever, a skin sore that appears suddenly and grows quickly, and redness, pain, and tenderness ...Read more


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What do do for stasis dermatitis?

What do do for stasis dermatitis?

Protect: Avoid things that make you break out, soaps & wetness. Wash your hands only when necessary. Wear gloves when needed. Wear clothes made of cotton. Bathe only with a small amount of mild unscented soap, such as dove. Keep the water temperature cool or warm, not hot. Use the medicine your doctor gave you. Use a plain moisturizer daily. Avoid scratching or rubbing the itchy area. Manage stress. ...Read more

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I am looking for a solution for stasis dermatitis?

I am looking for a solution for stasis dermatitis?

Stasis: Although extensive work has been completed in the study of treatment of venous ulcers, no large, well-controlled trials examine the treatment of stasis dermatitis. The overall mainstay of treatment has always been aimed at lessening the clinical impact of the underlying venous insufficiency, which is typically accomplished with compression therapy. ...Read more

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Cure for stasis dermatitis?

Cure for stasis dermatitis?

Stasis dermatitis: Skin changes which result from deposition of iron from sluggish return of blood due to varicose veins and/or venous insufficiency. Compression stockings or support hose and sometimes vein surgery. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for stasis dermatitis?

What is the treatment for stasis dermatitis?

Stasis: Although extensive work has been completed in the study of treatment of venous ulcers, no large, well-controlled trials examine the treatment of stasis dermatitis. The overall mainstay of treatment has always been aimed at lessening the clinical impact of the underlying venous insufficiency, which is typically accomplished with compression therapy. ...Read more

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What is stasis dermatitis?

What is stasis dermatitis?

Discolored skin: Venous insufficiency ("leaky vein valves") or vein blockage can lead to increases in venous pressure in the legs. As a result of this, the skin can become discolored (reddened acutely or brown chronically). These skin changes are described as stasis dermatitis. See a Vascular Surgeon to confirm the diagnosis and develop a treatment plan ...Read more

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Stasis dermatitis--any cures?

Stasis dermatitis--any cures?

Protect: Avoid things that make you break out, soaps & wetness. Wash your hands only when necessary. Wear gloves when needed. Wear clothes made of cotton. Bathe only with a small amount of mild unscented soap, such as dove. Keep the water temperature cool or warm, not hot. Use the medicine your doctor gave you. Use a plain moisturizer daily. Avoid scratching or rubbing the itchy area. Manage stress. ...Read more

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Stasis dermatitis--what is that?

Stasis dermatitis--what is that?

End stage change: Stasis dermatitis is one of the complications, or end stage changes of varicose venous disease and/or chronic venous insufficiency. It represents a brownish, brawny discoloration, and usual thickening, of the skin in the distal calf, in the gaiter distribution (the area just above the medial or lateral ankle). Untreated it can progress to venous stasis ulceration, which can be very hard to treat. ...Read more

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Can you explain stasis dermatitis?

Can you explain stasis dermatitis?

Stasis: Stasis dermatitis is a common inflammatory skin disease that occurs on the lower extremities in patients with chronic venous insufficiency with venous hypertension. Stasis dermatitis typically affects middle-aged and elderly patients. It rarely occurs before the fifth decade of life, except in patients with acquired venous insufficiency due to surgery, trauma, or thrombosis. ...Read more

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Who is at risk of stasis dermatitis?

Stasis derm: Stasis dermatitis is a common inflammatory skin disease that occurs on the lower extremities in patients with chronic venous insufficiency with venous hypertension. Stasis dermatitis typically affects middle-aged and elderly patients. It rarely occurs before the fifth decade of life, except in patients with acquired venous insufficiency due to surgery, trauma, or thrombosis. ...Read more

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How do different medications treat stasis dermatitis?

How do different medications treat stasis dermatitis?

Seborrheic derm: Ketoconazole is found in shampoos, foams, gels and creams. It's available in over-the-counter products in a 1 percent concentration and prescription products at a 2 percent strength. Some studies show that the 2 percent strength may be more effective. In a small percentage of people, ketoconazole can cause irritation, itching and burning. Prescription promiseb is very effective for seborrheic derm. ...Read more

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Is eczema different than stasis dermatitis?

Is eczema different than stasis dermatitis?

Yes: Stasis dermatitis is a lower leg condition in which the legs develop a rash because blood pools there due to circulatory issues, usually veins that don't work. Stasis is a greek word meaning to stand still. Eczema is a greek word meaning to boil over, and it is usually used synonymously with atopic dermatitis, an itchy, rashy allergic skin disease around elbows, knees, hands, face; or all over body. ...Read more

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Is there a cure/treatment for stasis dermatitis?

Is there a cure/treatment for stasis dermatitis?

Venous insufficiency: Stasis dermatitis is a sign of longstanding vein problems in the legs. The primary treatment is intermittent leg elevation and compression. SFrom minorp vascular proceduresa– Consult your vascular surgeon. Some patients may benefit from minor vein procedures-- see your vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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What are treatment options for stasis dermatitis?

Stasis: The overall mainstay of treatment has always been aimed at lessening the clinical impact of the underlying venous insufficiency, which is typically accomplished with compression therapy. Assessing the patient's peripheral arterial circulation (clinically or with a doppler study) before recommending compression therapy is important. ...Read more

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Will witch hazel help on severe stasis dermatitis?

Will witch hazel help on severe stasis dermatitis?

Stasis: Although extensive work has been completed in the study of treatment of venous ulcers, no large, well-controlled trials examine the treatment of stasis dermatitis. The overall mainstay of treatment has always been aimed at lessening the clinical impact of the underlying venous insufficiency, which is typically accomplished with compression therapy. ...Read more

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Has anyone ever used witch hazel on stasis dermatitis?

Has anyone ever used witch hazel on stasis dermatitis?

Probably: I'm sure someone has, since it seems to have been tried on virtually everything by someone. However, stasis dermatitis is caused by sluggish blood flow in the veins of the legs due to breakdown of valves in those veins; witch hazel is not going to have any effect on that. See a dermatologist for an effective treatment plan. ...Read more

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Are venous stasis and stasis dermatitis the same thing?

Are venous stasis and stasis dermatitis the same thing?

Venous insufficiency: Actually venous stasis and stasis dermatitis are misnomers. Venous stasis means that venous blood isn't moving and we now know that really doesn't happen. As dr. Bolhack said, the cause of the problem is venous hypertension which occurs because of venous insufficiency or reflux (blood flowing backwards), not stasis. Chronic venous insufficiency causes inflammation which causes dermatitis. ...Read more

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Please tell me about using witch hazel on severe stasis dermatitis?

Please tell me about using witch hazel on severe stasis dermatitis?

Sm temporary effect: Witch Hazel provide very small mild effect to stasis dermatitis but the agent also can be drying which can lead to more irritation long term. The best long term results will be to completely treat the venous stasis by treating the underlying venous insufficiency. See a vein expert for this. Other ointment such A and D ointment or 1% hydrocortisone ointment may also be helpful. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I have what has been diagnosised venous stasis dermatitis for many years and have seen a number of dermatologist and have gotten only temporary relief?

I have what has been diagnosised venous stasis dermatitis for many years and have seen a number of dermatologist and have gotten only temporary relief?

See a phlebologist: Evaluation including a duplex ultrasound study may show abnormal veins that can be ablated using one of several minimally invasive techniques. ...Read more

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Derm says I may have Stasis Dermatitis. Prescribed Triamcinolone for itch and recommended Compression socks. Anything else that can help?

Derm says I may have Stasis Dermatitis. Prescribed Triamcinolone for itch and recommended Compression socks. Anything else that can help?

Underlying condition: Stasis Dermatitis is cause by venous stasis / venous insufficiency. Evaluation for treatable venous insufficiency should be done and if varicose veins or reflux in the saphenous or related veins is found, they should be treated. This should be done in addition the compression and steroid cream. I would recommend consulting a vein specialist / Phlebologist to see if there are additional treatments. ...Read more

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Venous stasis ulcers, cellulitis, finished 3rd antibiotic 10 days ago. Pain, swelling, puss & odor, now 100° fever. Do I need to go to the ER?

Venous stasis ulcers, cellulitis, finished 3rd antibiotic 10 days ago. Pain, swelling, puss & odor, now 100° fever. Do I need to go to the ER?

Yes: You should be seen urgently, but you need to take care of your venous insufficency issue as this most likely is causing the swelling and not allowing ulcer to close. With an open ulcer you are having repeated episodes of cellulitis. overuse of antibiotics can lead to issues e.g resistance and worse diarrhes ...Read more

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I am just curious if skin rash and cellulitis are the same infection?

I am just curious if skin rash and cellulitis are the same infection?

What's the cause?: Cellulitis is an inflammation (red, hot swollen and tender) of the skin and soft tissues. It can be cause by many things such as bacteria, sunburn, vein disease and trauma all of which have different treatments. Depending on where it occurs and what is the cause, changes the treatment. If you keep having recurrences, the treatments are wrong, seek another opinion. A rash usually involves skin. ...Read more

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I had cellulitis on my back over labor day (starting sept. 1st), it cleared up and then appeared the next week on my side. Today, the red, bumpy, raised, hot and somewhat hard rash appeard on my abdamon. This is the third seperate area and three weeks.

I had cellulitis on my back over labor day (starting sept. 1st), it cleared up and then appeared the next week on my side. Today, the red, bumpy, raised, hot and somewhat hard rash appeard on my abdamon. This is the third seperate area and three weeks.

Wrong diagnosis: Cellulitis is basically a visible inflammation (itis) of the skin and soft tissues (red, hot, swollen and tender). It can be caused by many things including sunburn (radiation), trauma (sprained ankle) or allergies. It need not be caused by bacteria. What you describe sounds more like a contact allergy as infections do not resolve and recur like that, allergic rashes do. Get a new opinion. ...Read more

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I just went to an urgent care due to a red circular rash just in left armpit. They said its cellulitis. I don't have it anywhere else. Prescribed meds?

I just went to an urgent care due to a red circular rash just in left armpit. They said its cellulitis. I don't have it anywhere else. Prescribed meds?

See a real Dr: Most, not just a few, MOST diagnoses of "cellulitis" are not correct. Among the worst offenders are the urgent care people. Since you left out the details there is no other possible advice except to see another Dr, preferably a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Rash around neck line &burns like a fire. The burn is an 8 on pain scale. Ma 40 &there's no allergies except pollen in the summer. Sure not cellulitis?

Rash around neck line &burns like a fire. The burn is an 8 on pain scale. Ma 40 &there's no allergies except pollen in the summer. Sure not cellulitis?

Half way?: If the rash does not cross the midline of the body, then it may be shingles. Contact your doctor to check it out since the severity and duration of the rash, even if it happens to be shingles, can be reduced with prompt Rx with an antiviral drug. ...Read more

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I have a welt like rash that is spreading slowly towards my armpit, and also on my upper inner thigh. It is non itchy. Is it cellulitis?

I have a welt like rash that is spreading slowly towards my armpit, and also on my upper inner thigh. It is non itchy. Is it cellulitis?

Many reasons: There are many causes of what you describe. A contact allergic reaction (though that would probably itch), a fungal infection, infected hair follicles as doctor said, a dermatologic rash, ongoing trauma from you scratching it, etc. After taking a good history and doing a good exam, starting treatments may include anti-itch or steroid meds either topically or oral. Antibiotics are not needed. ...Read more

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81 year old female with continual white cells in urine, borderline thyroid, and rash like cellulitis on legs, hands and face.

Inflammation: Inflammation can cause all of these things. High blood pressure is a result of endothelial inflammation. The endothelium is the skin lining all 50, 000 miles of blood vessels in the body. When inflamed it can cause WBC in urine. An inflamed thyroid will dysfunction. Skin rashes are indication of inflammation.
A food sensitivity like celiac disease can cause all of these through inflammation. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Rash (Definition)

A skin rash is a symptom in which a person has changes on part or all of his skin, such as color changes, bumps, blisters, oozing, peeling, ...Read more


Dermatitis (Definition)

Dermatitis means inflammation of skin. Contact dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis and seborrheic dermatitis are ...Read more