What are the treatment options for stasis dermatitis?

Stasis dermatitis is related to weak or reduced circulation, especially in the legs. Part of the treatment of stasis dermatitis will involve treating the underlying condition and improving circulation. This may include having surgery to reduce varicose veins. In addition, wearing special support hose (also known as compression stockings) on your legs may improve circulation. It is also important to reduce problems associated with infected sores by protecting the affected skin. This may mean using wet or medicated compresses, corticosteroid creams, or an Unna's paste boot, which is a wrap filled with gelatin and zinc paste that hardens around the problem areas of the leg.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Doctors treat stasis dermatitis by educating people with this skin condition and providing therapies and medical devices that help control the symptoms. The first step is getting someone to make a few lifestyle changes. One of the simplest ways to control the symptoms of stasis dermatitis is to sit and sleep with the legs elevated, which improves symptoms by promoting better circulation. A person with stasis dermatitis may also benefit from wearing compression stockings, which also improve circulation. The doctor may also prescribe a diuretic medication to help bring down swelling.

If you have stasis dermatitis, your doctor may instruct you to apply a steroid medication to the affected skin. This will help reduce inflammation. Skin sores can be treated with compresses and, if infected, antibiotic preparations.

Treating conditions that contribute to stasis dermatitis may be necessary. If you have varicose veins, surgery can improve blood flow in your legs. Medication can treat heart failure, a condition that can contribute to stasis dermatitis. Talk to your doctor about treatment options for stasis dermatitis.

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