Alternate Names : Venous Stasis Dermatitis
What can be done to prevent the condition?
The most important way to prevent stasis dermatitis is to avoid swelling of the
legs over a long period of time. This can be done by exercising, wearing
compression stockings to help blood circulation, and elevating the legs. Skin
salves or ointments should not be used because they may further irritate skin
that is already irritated.
What are the long-term effects of the condition?
Stasis dermatitis can lead to leg ulcers, which may be slow to heal because of
the poor circulation to the area. The ulcers may infect deeper layers of
tissue, also called
cellulitis. Stasis dermatitis may also cause gross thickening of
the skin of the lower leg, known as elephantiasis.
What are the risks to others?
Stasis dermatitis is not contagious and poses no risk to others.