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What is stasis dermatitis?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Stasis dermatitis is a condition in which excess fluid accumulates in a particular area of the body due in large part to poor circulation. This typically occurs in the legs, ankles and feet. Causes include congestive heart failure, hypertension and varicose veins. The skin noticeably swells and may develop open sores.

Stasis dermatitis is a type of dermatitis that is caused when fluid builds up in the tissues under the skin. This often happens in the lower legs of people who have varicose veins. The extra fluid can cause inflammation and cell death, leading to a rash and sometimes skin ulcers. Swollen and itchy feelings are common in the legs, but it does not usually hurt unless the sores on the rash break open (ulceration).

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