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What are the symptoms of stasis dermatitis?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Stasis dermatitis can cause unpleasant symptoms that affect the legs and feet, including:
  • swelling
  • itching
  • pain
  • sores that heal slowly 
In addition, stasis dermatitis can cause patches of skin that are very dry and scaly. The skin may become discolored, turning reddish brown. Some skin on the legs may appear thin and paper-like, while the skin around the ankles can become thick and leathery. If you think you may have symptoms of stasis dermatitis, see a doctor.

The most common symptoms of stasis dermatitis are redness, swelling, and itching of the skin. This usually occurs in the lower half of the legs, for example, around the ankles. The skin may be somewhat scaly and, as the condition worsens, turn brown. In addition, sores may form which can become infected.

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