Dermatitis Specialists

Precision Vascular -  - Vascular & Vein Center

Precision Vascular

Vascular & Vein Centers located in Arlington, Dallas, Mesquite, & McKinney, Texas

Venous stasis dermatitis is a particular type of skin problem that appears on the lower legs and ankles. It’s usually a complication of a circulatory condition called chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), which needs treatment from the experienced team at Precision Vascular. With branches in Arlington, Dallas, Mesquite, and McKinney, Texas, the skilled vein specialists can diagnose your symptoms and help you love your legs again. Call the office nearest you today or book an appointment online.

Dermatitis Q & A

What is Dermatitis?

Dermatitis is a broad term for skin problems. Venous stasis dermatitis is a skin condition caused by poor circulation in your lower legs. It’s also known as venous eczema or stasis dermatitis.

Venous stasis dermatitis develops when blood is moving too slowly through your veins. Fluid and blood gather in your legs, causing a buildup of pressure. Eventually, blood starts to leak from your veins and gets into your skin.

What are the Symptoms of Venous Stasis Dermatitis?

Symptoms of venous stasis dermatitis typically start with swollen ankles. You might notice the swelling reduces overnight but gets worse again through the day when you’re moving about.

Other symptoms include:

  • Heavy-feeling legs
  • Reddish, yellowish, or brown skin
  • Varicose veins
  • Itching
  • Pain
  • Oozing, crusty, or scaly sores
  • Thickened skin
  • Hair loss

 

These symptoms primarily affect your ankles and lower legs.

What Causes Venous Stasis Dermatitis?

Venous stasis dermatitis is usually a complication of a condition called chronic venous insufficiency (CVI).

CVI develops when the valves in your veins can’t work as efficiently as they should. The valves should make sure blood gets back to your heart from your legs. 

If they fail, blood can start running the wrong way and pool in your legs and ankles. This can lead to complications such as varicose veins and venous stasis dermatitis.

Risk factors that increase your chances of developing venous stasis dermatitis include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Varicose veins
  • Obesity
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Kidney failure
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Superficial thrombophlebitis
  • Having multiple pregnancies
  • Past surgery or injury in the lower leg

 

If you lead an inactive life or you have to spend a lot of time standing or sitting, that also makes you more likely to get venous stasis dermatitis.

How is Venous Stasis Dermatitis Treated?

Your provider at Precision Vascular is likely to recommend conservative approaches to begin treating venous stasis dermatitis, such as wearing compression stockings to improve blood flow. 

Keep your legs above your heart when you can, including at night. Try to walk around frequently, and get more exercise. If your skin is painful, swollen, and reddened, you might need medication like a steroid cream to rub on your legs. 

If your legs are very itchy, an antihistamine cream or pill can help. You might need to have a medicated dressing on your skin to help it heal. If you have an infection in your skin, your provider can prescribe antibiotics.

If these treatments don’t resolve the venous stasis dermatitis, your provider can discuss surgical options with you.

If you have symptoms of venous stasis dermatitis, CVI, or varicose veins, call Precision Vascular today or book an appointment online.