Dermatitis, stasis

  • Inflammatory condition that usually affects the skin on the lower legs
  • Symptoms may include a skin ulcer, itching, swelling and darkening of skin color on the leg
  • Cause may be due to long-term decrease of circulation in the legs, varicose veins, injury to the skin and may be hereditary
  • Cannot be spread from person to person
  • Affects males and females but more common in females
  • Can occur at any age but more common in middle age and older adults
  • May be mild to severe depending on complications

Wear compression stockings

 

FOR ITCHING

  • Avoid items or situations that cause you to itch
  • Moisturize daily
  • Use creams, lotions or gels that soothe and cool the skin
  • Avoid scratching
  • Cut fingernails short, and consider wearing gloves at night to prevent scratching
  • Use mild, fragrance free soap and laundry detergent
  • Cover area with cold wet bandages or take a cool bath
  • Over-the-counter medicines (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Hydrocortisone cream
    • Diphenhydramine

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