• Rationale and Comments

    Stasis dermatitis is commonly treated with antibiotic therapy, which may be a result of misdiagnosis or lack of awareness of the pathophysiology of the disease. The standard of care for the treatment of stasis dermatitis affecting lower extremities is a combination of leg elevation and compression. Elevation of the affected area accelerates improvements by promoting gravity drainage of edema and inflammatory substances. The routine use of oral antibiotics does not improve healing rates and may result in unnecessary hospitalization, increased health care costs, and potential for patient harm.

    Sponsoring Organizations

    • Infectious Diseases Society of America


    • Infectious Diseases Society of America guidelines


    • Dermatologic
    • Infectious disease


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