Stasis eczema is also known as gravitational/varicose/venous eczema. This form of eczema commonly affects the lower limbs of the elderly, and arises as a consequence of chronic venous insufficiency, which leads to poor circulation in the lower limbs, and subsequently edema, hardening of tissue, and even ulceration.
Edema is a common initial sign, usually starting around the medial ankle, spreading to the dorsum of foot and the tibia.
Stasis eczema is commonly treated using topical steroids and emollients. Chinese medicine helps by improving circulation, allowing the subdermis to receive ample nutrients, so that the skin can function normally.