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What are the differences between stasis dermatitis & cellulitis?

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Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. James Isobe
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Dr. Thomas Wright
The can look similar. Both Stasis Dermatitis and cellulitis are reddish and can be tender.
Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care

In brief: What's the cause

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 poor vein circulation (stasis dermatitis). It need not be caused by bacteria. If you have repeated episodes of this, get to a wound care or vascular specialist, the diagnoses you have is wrong.

In brief: What's the cause

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 poor vein circulation (stasis dermatitis). It need not be caused by bacteria. If you have repeated episodes of this, get to a wound care or vascular specialist, the diagnoses you have is wrong.
Dr. Michael Miller
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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology

In brief: Blood leakage

Stasis dermatitis is the leakage of blood from incompetent veins into the skin giving it a red brown color. Cellulitis is a skin infection with heat swelling and possibly a fever.
Cellulitis is treated with antibiotics. Always check for athletes foot in cellulitis as the source of site that the bacteria enter the skin. Treat both to prevent a return of celulitis.

In brief: Blood leakage

Stasis dermatitis is the leakage of blood from incompetent veins into the skin giving it a red brown color. Cellulitis is a skin infection with heat swelling and possibly a fever.
Cellulitis is treated with antibiotics. Always check for athletes foot in cellulitis as the source of site that the bacteria enter the skin. Treat both to prevent a return of celulitis.
Dr. Morris Westfried
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