Venous ulcers and stasis dermatitis can leave you with open sores, as well as swelling and discoloration of the skin around your ankles. Dr. David Naar specializes in venous diseases and has over 30 years of experience in treating these issues. He offers that expertise to the men and women in the Cuyahoga County of Ohio so they can find relief from these unsightly and painful issues at Premier Vein Clinic. Take the first steps to reclaim your legs by making an appointment with Dr. Naar today: Call his office or use our online contact form to schedule your consultation.
What are Venous Ulcers and Stasis Dermatitis?
If you have sores that won’t heal or swelling around your ankles, you may have venous ulcers or stasis dermatitis. These two conditions occur when you have poor circulation in your legs and feet.
Venous ulcers are sores that either heal slowly or don’t heal at all, while stasis dermatitis occurs when blood can’t flow properly and leaks into your legs. Though not the case for everybody, venous ulcers often occur in people who have stasis dermatitis.
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What are the Symptoms of Venous Ulcers and Stasis Dermatitis?
The most common symptom of venous ulcers is the formation of open sores that either don’t heal or heal slowly.
With stasis dermatitis, the most common symptom is swelling and discoloration in your ankles. The swelling often improves while you’re sleeping, then gets worse as the day goes on.
Other common symptoms of venous ulcers and stasis dermatitis include:
- Varicose veins
- Discoloration of the skin around your ankles
- Itching around your ankle(s)
- Thicker skin around the ankle
- Wounds that don’t heal
- Pain in the impacted area
How are Venous Ulcers Treated?
There are many treatment options Dr. Naar may utilize to treat venous ulcers, including:
- Antibiotics to treat infection in the wound
- Wearing compression socks to improve circulation
- Outpatient intervention to improve circulation
- Elevating the legs frequently, both during the day and at night
Venous ulcers don’t clear up immediately; they can take three or more months to heal if they heal at all.
How is Stasis Dermatitis Treated?
Dr. Naar offers many options to treat stasis dermatitis as well, including:
- Medication to prevent itching
- Creams to moisturize the skin (be careful about moisturizing between your toes)
- Steroids to reduce swelling
- Compression socks to improve circulation
- Frequent movement to avoid prolonged periods of sitting
Who is at Risk of Developing Venous Ulcers and Stasis Dermatitis?
Factors that increase your risk of developing venous ulcers or stasis dermatitis include:
- Being overweight or obese
- Kidney failure
- High blood pressure
- Previous leg injury or surgery
Venous ulcers and stasis dermatitis can be painful, as well as unsightly and a source of embarrassment, but you don’t need to live with these issues any longer. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Naar today.