Statis Dermatitis

Eczema is a condition that causes the skin to become itchy and inflamed. Eczema is very common, in fact, it affects more than 31 million Americans. This skin condition is not contagious and you cannot catch it from someone who already has this condition.

If you notice changes in the appearance of your skin or if you develop skin rashes and/or irritation, you can consult the best dermatologist in East New York. Please contact Doral Health and Wellness Dermatology Center to schedule an appointment.

One of the many types of eczema is statis dermatitis. Statis Dermatitis is a condition also called gravitational dermatitis, venous eczema, and venous statis dermatitis, occurs when fluid leaks out of the weakened veins onto your skin. This condition also allows water and blood to pool on your legs and cause swelling and form varicose veins


Statis dermatitis often affects your lower legs and feet. One of the early signs of this condition is having orange-brown speckles, they develop when capillaries burst due to pressure and swelling. Other symptoms can include:

  • Scaling
  • Itchiness and dryness
  • An achy feeling after a long period of standing or sitting
  • Redness
  • You develop varicose veins
  • Sores
  • Hair loss in the affected area


Statis dermatitis often affects people who have poor circulation and are over 50 years old. This condition is also more common in women than in men. Some other risk factors can include:

  • Varicose veins
  • Had vein surgeries
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • Kidney failure
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Multiple pregnancies
  • A blood clot, especially on your legs

You may also have an increased risk of developing statis dermatitis if you usually stand or sit for a long period of time, and/or you don’t get much and enough exercise.


Because this condition is mainly caused by your poor circulation, your medical provider may suggest that have your veins surgically repaired. Your medical provider may also want to identify and treat the underlying cause first as well as control your other symptoms.

You can also help manage statis dermatitis by:

  • Wearing of compression socks to reduce or manage your swelling
  • Elevating your legs or keeping them elevated above your heart. You can do this for 15 minutes every 2 hours and while you sleep, to reduce the swelling.
  • Avoiding foods high in salt content
  • Taking supplementals of vitamin C and rutin, to help keep your blood vessels flexible.

To help with the inflammation, you can also apply a topical corticosteroid to your itchy skin.

Each form of eczema has its own set of symptoms and triggers, and will most likely need treatment. This is why it is important that you have your condition checked by a dermatologist. A dermatologist can and will help you manage your symptoms and avoid further flare-ups. At Doral Health and Wellness Dermatology Center, we have the best dermatologists that can help you take care of your skin. As dermatology experts in East New York, we are dedicated in providing the best services. You can visit us at 1797 Pitkin Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, 11212, to schedule an appointment. You can also call us at 1-347-384-5690 or visit our website at