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How is stasis dermatitis diagnosed?

Stasis dermatitis is diagnosed by its symptoms and by your medical history. Your doctor may ask you questions about your symptoms and your health and look at the skin on your legs. If you have a condition that results in weak circulation in the legs and have itchy, red skin around your ankles or lower legs, your doctor may diagnose stasis dermatitis.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Doctors diagnose stasis dermatitis by asking questions and examining the skin on the legs, ankles, and feet. A doctor may diagnose stasis dermatitis if you have the following signs and symptoms affecting your lower extremities:
  • swelling and inflammation
  • pain 
  • itching
  • sores, known as ulcers
  • reddish brown skin
  • thinning of the skin
A doctor may perform certain tests to evaluate blood flow in the legs and rule out other conditions. See your doctor if you think you have symptoms of statis dermatitis.

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