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What causes venous stasis dermatitis?

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The veins in your legs have one-way valves that help blood move through. Their job is to push blood up your legs. As you get older or have other health problems, the valves may not work like they should. This is called venous insufficiency.

SOURCES:

National Eczema Association: "Stasis Dermatitis."

American Academy of Dermatology: "Stasis dermatitis."

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: "Stasis Dermatitis."

DermNet New Zealand: "Venous eczema."

Mayo Clinic: "Stasis dermatitis."

Reviewed by Gabriela Pichardo on January 26, 2020

SOURCES:

National Eczema Association: "Stasis Dermatitis."

American Academy of Dermatology: "Stasis dermatitis."

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: "Stasis Dermatitis."

DermNet New Zealand: "Venous eczema."

Mayo Clinic: "Stasis dermatitis."

Reviewed by Gabriela Pichardo on January 26, 2020

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