Varicose Dermatitis

Varicose dermatitis primarily occurs in the legs of older individuals who have varicose veins. This is different from other types of dermatitis that will often occur in the folds of the skin. Also known as stasis dermatitis, this problem is caused by some types of heart disease, poor blood circulation or a collection of excess fluid. When an individual has varicose dermatitis, there are often open sores on the ankles or the lower parts of the legs. The ulcers on the skin can cause discoloration along with itchiness and pain. The skin on the lower part of the legs and the ankles can become thickened, making treatment more difficult.

This variety of dermatitis is often chronic, but an individual may have flare-ups instead. Treatment for varicose dermatitis is imperative to prevent any complications from infections that can spread to the upper areas of the legs or to the feet. Topical corticosteroids are the preferred treatment for varicose dermatitis, and there are over-the-counter or prescription medications available. This is considered an incurable condition, but fast treatment can prevent the complications.

In addition, a physician may recommend wearing compression stockings to apply pressure to the varicose veins in the legs. To improve this type of dermatitis, an individual can undergo treatment for the varicose veins, including stripping the veins or ablation with heat to close the enlarged veins. Mild physical exercise can reduce an individual’s weight, helping to improve the condition of the veins in the legs and the varicose dermatitis.