Chronic ulceration of the skin due to venous stasis is a common problem. Standard treatments include pressure bandaging and rest and elevation of the limb; topical antibacterial agents, preparations designed to remove slough, and anti-inflammatory compounds are also used. Each has its advocates and controlled comparisons between them are lacking. Topical corticosteroid preparations are definitely contraindicated1 except for any surrounding stasis eczema. Hazards of standard treatments include allergic contact dermatitis, especially to lanolin and neomycin.
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