What causes stasis dermatitis?

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Stasis dermatitis occurs when a rash accompanies swelling in the leg. The rash can be red, scaly and itchy with an oozing crust in severe cases.

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Stasis dermatitis is usually the result of poor circulation in the legs. This poor circulation can cause fluid to build up under the skin.


The build-up of the fluid induces the rash as it accumulates underneath the skin. The skin thins out and the rash appears.

Underlying Causes

The poor circulation that causes stasis dermatitis can be associated with heart failure and malfunctions in vein valves.

Risk Factors

Age is the most significant risk factor of developing stasis dermatitis. If a person has varicose veins, weight issues, high blood pressure or history of blood clots, they are at a higher risk for the condition.

Other Factors

Recent surgery or trauma to the legs can also bring on stasis dermatitis. People with the condition are also at risk of developing other skin condition like eczema.

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