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A 34-year-old member asked:

my ankles are swollen and pitting can this be of my sunburn?

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Dr. Marybeth Crane
Podiatry 27 years experience
Maybe: Swollen ankles can be from your sunburn but can also be from early cellulitis. If it continues after a few days or you start running a fever, see a doctor.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
It is possible: However, i would ask if you ever had these symptoms before the sunburn or did they occur only after the sunburn? Do you take any medications ? Suffer from high blood pressure?
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Multiple causes: There are many reasons for swollen ankles. Puffy period reaction. Post-surgical swelling. Inactivity allowing gravity to pull fluid into the legs. Inflammation from physical, chemical, or sunburn trauma. If sunburn is your only new difference in your life, i could maybe be convinced. The worst case scenarios would be blood clots in the legs or congestive heart failure. Your fp may help sort it out.
Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care 36 years experience
What's the cause ?: Cellulitis is basically a visible inflammation (itis) of the skin and soft tissues (red, hot, swollen and tender) . It can be caused by many things including sunburn (radiation), trauma (sprained ankle) or poor vein circulation (stasis dermatitis). It need not be caused by bacteria. If you have repeated episodes of this, get to a wound care or vascular specialist, the diagnoses you have is wrong.

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