is venous stasis disease a disability?

is venous stasis disease a disability?
just wondering if anyone knows if venous statis disease can be considered a social securtiy disability?

in itself probably not but has it lead to functional deficits such as trouble walking, amputation etc.

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Stasis Dermatitis

Article by Broyde McDonald

Stasis dermatitis is a common eczema which affects mainly the lower legs, ankle and foot areas. Its onset is commonly the result of poor blood circulation. When the blood circulation is poor, other fluids and toxins which are normally removed by the blood build or pile up in the area. The excess fluid with no way to escape would pool there and cause the legs to swell. As time progresses and the situation is not corrected the fluid causes the skin to develop rashes, excruciating sores, and skin which becomes thinner and loses its natural color.

Solving this problem requires not only treating the skin, but the circulatory problems have to be fixed for the eczema to go away. This form of eczema is also referred to venous eczema, venous stasis dermatitis, and gravitational dermatitis. This type of eczema is not an easy one to solve, and proper care dictates that the treatments continue even when there is no pain, swelling or itching.There is not set pattern for the way that stasis dermatitis develops. It can develop very slowly; increasing in intensity over time. It can also come on so suddenly that it cause great alarm, and have you rushing to the emergency room to find out what is going on. Statis eczema as mentioned earlier is the result of poor blood circulation in the lower legs. The causes of the poor circulation in most cases are the determinant of getting older. Sometimes there may have been an injury during the sufferers' lifetime that may also be causing poor circulation. Sometimes is may be because of deep vein thrombosis, which are blood clots which affect the deep veins in this case, in the lower legs.

Females that are middle aged and older are the ones who are most affected by this form of eczema. In North America there are more than 20 million people over the age of 50 who are bothered with this form of disease, with men comprising the minority of people affected. There are hardly any cases of stasis dermatitis in people under the age of 40.

Statis dermatitis in some instances may be lifestyle related. Varicose veins, kidney failure, blood clots, and weakened heart conditions are factors which may not be controllable and can promote this form of eczema. However, a sedentary lifestyle and obesity are recognizable contributors to the development of the disease. Some of the symptoms of stasis dermatitis are leg pain. These fluids settling in the lower leg can cause the leg to be like a balloon that is filling up with water and being stretched to capacity. This is painful for the human body. To treat this you will need to elevate the legs above the heart so that gravity can help to drain the offending fluid. You might also find a relatively tight stocking or leg wrap will help with the swelling.

The itching with this form of eczema is severe as with other types of eczema, and affects one or both legs from under the knee and downward. Other symptoms of this disease also include thinning and inflamed skin; patches of scaly, dry and oozing skin; open sores that take long to heal; skin infections which run pus and also form a golden crust; skin lichenification; lesions on the lower legs and tops of feet; and a reddish brown skin discoloration.

Treating this eczema involves getting rid of the swelling, using compression and elevation techniques. The circulatory system of the patient also has to be improved. You next want to get rid of the inflammation, and take precautions to stop your skin from becoming infected. Do not scratch. Take care of any open wounds, and keep an eye out for cellulites, and try to prevent its onset by using antibiotics to heal the skin as well as stop deeper tissues from getting damaged.

Long term treatment includes getting regular aerobic exercise. You should not remain standing for long periods of time. Make it a habit to sit and sleep with your legs up above your heart. Keep the legs moisturized and you may also consider keeping a tight stocking on to keep the leg tissues compressed.

If you need to find out if you do in fact have stasis dermatitis, your best bet would be to let your doctor inform you of this. Discovering this type of eczema may involve some technical exams that he will have to administer. He will do blood examinations, blood flow to the leg exams, allergy tests and skin biopsies.


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