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Stasis Dermatitis

Venous insufficiency is a long-term (chronic) condition in which the veins have difficulty sending blood from the legs back to the heart. Some individuals with venous insufficiency develop stasis dermatitis. Stasis dermatitis causes blood to pool in the veins of the lower leg. Fluid and blood cells leak out of the veins into the skin and other tissues, leading to itching, which can result in skin changes.

An individual may have symptoms of venous insufficiency, which include a dull aching or heaviness in the leg and pain that gets worse when you are standing.

Initially, the skin of the ankles and lower legs may look thin or tissue like. Slowly brown stains may appear on the skin.

The skin may become irritated or crack when scratched. The skin may also become red or swollen, crusted, or weepy. This condition is frequently mistaken for cellulitis.

Over time, some skin changes become permanent:

  • Thickening and hardening of the skin on the legs and ankles (lipodermatosclerosis)
  • Bumpy or cobblestone appearance of the skin
  • Dark brown color

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