Rashes and swelling on the lower parts of your legs could be symptoms of venous stasis dermatitis, a form of eczema. Serving Beverly Hills and the Greater Los Angeles area from office locations in Beverly Grove, Santa Monica, and Glendale, California, Vascular Surgery Associates Medical Group treats venous stasis dermatitis and venous insufficiency, which causes it. Schedule your appointment by phone or online for a venous stasis dermatitis evaluation today.
Venous stasis dermatitis is a type of eczema developing from poor circulation in some with varicose veins or venous insufficiency. It most often affects the legs, feet, and ankles and is common in older people and women.
Varicose veins and the resulting venous stasis dermatitis appear because the valves in your leg veins become weak and struggle to work against gravity as they push blood upward toward your heart. As a result, blood pools in the veins.
This pooling can cause bulging and twisted veins that protrude from the skin called varicose veins.
The underlying condition causing varicose veins and venous stasis dermatitis is called venous insufficiency. Other conditions that can contribute to venous stasis dermatitis by inhibiting circulation include high blood pressure, pregnancy, kidney failure, and blood clots.
Venous stasis dermatitis causes distinct symptoms in the lower part of one or both of your legs. They usually start in the ankles and may later extend upward on the leg over time. Your symptoms may include:
Without proper management of venous stasis dermatitis, complications can arise. For example, venous dermatitis can progress to ulceration (wound) formation. If bacteria make its way into the cracks of the skin with venous stasis dermatitis, it can lead to a serious infection in the deep tissues called cellulitis.
Vascular Surgery Associates Medical Group treats venous stasis dermatitis using strategies to improve blood flow in your legs. Ultimately, treatments that increase circulation result in the best possible improvement of symptoms.
There are also treatments available for specific symptoms of venous stasis dermatitis, like skin irritation.
After evaluating your venous stasis dermatitis, the Vascular Surgery Associates Medical Group team may recommend:
Exercising more often, being gentle with your skin, and taking frequent breaks from long periods of sitting or standing can help improve your circulation and ease the symptoms of venous stasis dermatitis.
Compression stockings help to ease swelling in your legs by improving upward blood flow. Besides the compression stockings, you should dress comfortably in loose-fitting clothing that doesn’t inhibit circulation.
Topical or oral medications can help with the rash-like symptoms of venous stasis dermatitis. Steroids control pain, redness, and swelling, while antihistamines can ease the itching.
If you have symptoms of venous stasis dermatitis and would like to schedule an evaluation, call Vascular Surgery Associates Medical Group or book an appointment online today.