Stasis Dermatitis

Stasis dermatitis is a common skin condition that impacts the lives of many. While this condition is most commonly seen in infants and young children, it can impact people of different ages, depending on their individual health. By learning more about the cause, symptoms, and treatment of stasis dermatitis, you'll be able to better understand and cope with this condition.


Stasis dermatitis is also known as varicose eczema. This condition occurs due to the inflammation of the skin at the outer layer. This condition is caused by improper blood flow to the veins, and when the blood within the veins is allowed to flow backwards, the area will become inflamed. Stasis dermatitis is common in the lower legs and ankles, and it can affect those who are overweight.


One of the most common symptoms is a red, swollen area that is itchy.

  • Itchy Skin - The skin may itch constantly, but scratching the area will provide little relief.
  • Dryness - The area appears to be dry and scaly to the eye. However, it's important to know that due to the cause, the condition is not contagious and cannot be passed on to others.
  • Oozing - If varicose eczema progresses without treatment, the affected area may begin to ooze due to the inflammation and dryness.
  • Pale skin around the mouth - Some people may also experience a pale coloring in the area around the mouth
  • Numb sensation - This is common in the creases of the palms.
  • Thick, leathery skin - The skin appears leather-like.

Stasis dermatitis can create an uncomfortable feeling for those dealing with it. Also, if the rash is in a visible spot, it can take a toll on the individual's emotional health. This is especially true in young children who are of school age and must face their peers daily. Those suffering with this skin condition may experience:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Lowered sense of self-confidence


Although stasis dermatitis can be difficult to deal with emotionally, there is treatment available. Sometimes surgery may be used to correct the blood flow issue in the affected area.

However, non-surgical methods are also used to remove inflammation and pus from the skin. Some doctors prescribe steroid creams in order to clear the rash, while also treating the itchy feeling that comes along with the condition. Additionally, stockings may be used to treat the stasis of blood and fluid.

Practical Tips

While there is not a way to prevent this condition from occurring, you can take some protective measures. Prevention includes:

  • Use an emollient on dry areas of the skin
  • Compression therapy (stockings / boots)
  • Wearing clothing that is loose-fitting and made of cotton
  • Keep legs away from direct heat sources (gas / electric fires)
  • Either exercise or go walking
  • During rest periods elevate the legs

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