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How does stasis dermatitis affect the body?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Stasis dermatitis primarily affects the legs, though this condition can spread to the ankles and feet. Stasis dermatitis is caused by a build-up of fluid, which produces swelling and pain in one or both legs. The skin becomes inflamed and can turn a reddish-brown shade. Stasis dermatitis causes itching, too, which can be severe. Over time, the skin can develop sores, known as ulcers, which may ooze fluid. See a doctor soon if you think you may have stasis dermatitis. 

Stasis dermatitis affects the skin, usually on the lower part of the legs. Typically, stasis dermatitis occurs when fluid builds up under the skin, especially around the ankles. As fluid builds up, skin cells may become damaged and inflamed. The skin becomes red and itchy. At times, skin can become so damaged that an open sore forms.

Stasis dermatitis is often associated with circulation problems, though it does not cause poor circulation.

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