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What causes stasis dermatitis?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Stasis dermatitis is a skin condition caused by poor circulation. Normally, blood pumped out by the heart flows through the body, then returns to the heart. However, problems with valves in the leg veins can cause blood flow to become sluggish. That can make fluid build up, resulting in swelling. Over time, the skin may break out in an itchy rash. If stasis dermatitis is not properly treated, it can lead to painful sores and other symptoms. If you think you have stasis dermatitis, see a doctor.

Stasis dermatitis occurs when fluid builds up under the skin, making it hard for cells to receive necessary nutrients and eliminate wastes. This damages and inflames skin. Stasis dermatitis is often the result of conditions that cause circulation problems in the legs, such as varicose veins and congestive heart failure.

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