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A 51-year-old female asked:

Why are my legs red almost like a sunburn, from my knees to my ankles? they aren't swollen & they don't hurt.

4 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Glenn Aufseeser
Podiatry 10 years experience
Red legs: Many things can cause redness in the legs; infections, vascular conditions, blood clots to name a few. I would recommend evaluation by your primary care physician.
Dr. Stephen Arbes
Podiatry 45 years experience
Two possibilities: Redness without pain or swelling limited to the lower legs... My #1 differential diagnosis would be a contact irritant/dermatitis. 2. Early stasis dermatitis.
Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
39 years experience
Unusual: Normally when we see red lower legs its associated with pain from cellulitis or circulation . May be allergic reaction to something. See your doctor.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 29 years experience
Agree with DR Bowman would add possible venous stasis dermatitis to the differential.
May 18, 2013
Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care 37 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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