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Red spots around ankles swelling?

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Dr. Dustin Cupp answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Related to RBCs: Red spots around the ankles when accompanied by swelling is commonly due to the break down of red blood cells trapped in the tissue... Commonly called hemosiderin... When these breakdown products group together they form something called stasis dermatitis...However, little red spots could also be a sign of low platelets, or petechiae...Always best to check with your doctor!

Answered 10/7/2018


Dr. Jeffrey Kass answered

Specializes in Podiatry

Without seeing a pic: It is hard to know exacdtly. Often times when there is swelling around the ankles people develop something called venous stasis dermatitis. This is from the heme in the iron leaking out of the blood vessels and staining the skin. Usually these reddish areas coalesce and form bigger areas. If this is what you have elevation, compression and restriction of salt in diet is good.

Answered 4/11/2020



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