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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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Dr. Cornelia Franz
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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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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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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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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

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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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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?

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

Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Venous Stasis (Definition)

Venous stasis is the backup of venous blood flow due to malfunctioning(refluxing) of the venous valves. These valves occur in the superficial , perforator and deep venous systems. When these valves malfunction, the back pressure builds up in the veins leading to venous hypertension and symptoms of leg heaviness, cramping or tiredness. Signs of venous stasis would be ...Read more


Dermatitis (Definition)

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