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Rash on the back of my calf, itches and is spreading, it started real small like a bug bite, it has a ring shape with bumps, should I be rel concerned?

Rash on the back of my calf, itches and is spreading, it started real small like a bug bite, it has a ring shape with bumps, should I be rel concerned?

Could be ringworm: This sounds like what is commonly called ringworm, or tinea corporus. This is a common infection caused by a fungus. It is easily treated with Lamisil (terbinafine) or lotrimin, but make sure that this is what it is by going to your family doctor. ...Read more

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An itch is an irritating sensation that causes one to have the urge ...Read more


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For a couple years now I have had extreme itches on my chest, arms, calfs, and back just after I break a sweat, please help me. Thanks?

For a couple years now I have had extreme itches on my chest, arms, calfs, and back just after I break a sweat, please help me. Thanks?

"heat rash? ": When you get this rash, get an appt so the dr can see it, and then the diagnosis would be made and the best treatment could start. If only when sweating, possibly it is a type of minor heat rash that itches. Stress can also cause itching, called stress urticaria, and meds such as Hydroxyzine hcl, which are fda approved for both anxiety and itching can help. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have this bug bite that has yellowish liquid in it on my left leg near my calf. It is surrounded by red skin. It itches and I am having calf pains?

I have this bug bite that has yellowish liquid in it on my left leg near my calf. It is surrounded by red skin. It itches and I am having calf pains?

Insect Bite: Signs and symptoms of an insect bite result from the injection of venom or other substances into your skin. The venom causes pain and sometimes triggers an allergic reaction. The severity of the reaction depends on your sensitivity to the insect venom or substance and whether you've been stung or bitten more than once. See your doctor as the bite may be infected. ...Read more

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2 bites on right calf, small white blisters I the center, red and swollen around the blisters. Hard knot under the skin. Itches. No fever.

2 bites on right calf, small white blisters I the center, red and swollen around the blisters. Hard knot under the skin. Itches. No fever.

Fire ant bites: Most likely fire ant bites, they will go away without treatment in several days. The white center is not an indication of infection, so it is best not to break the blister. Just put a bandage over them to keep your little one from scratching. An over the counter antihistamine like Diphenhydramine (benadryl) will likely help the itching along with a cool compress. ...Read more

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My leg itches. What should I do?

My leg itches. What should I do?

Leg itches: Try to determine where your leg itches and if you see anything on the skin. So many possibilities. Try to figure it out. Post again with more information and help. ...Read more

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A knot inside my leg that itches, what causes that?

A knot inside my leg that itches, what causes that?

Leg lump: Could be a new boil that initially swells and stretches skin and itches like zits, could be a fatty tumor, if stays and gets bigger, needs doctor visit... ...Read more

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When I stand still the inside of my leg itches incredibly bad I have had this for about 7 years and im not sure what it is?

When I stand still the inside of my leg itches incredibly bad I have had this for about 7 years and im not sure what it is?

Tough to say: You need to see a dr. And get a an official history and physical to determine what issues you have. Probably not a dermatitis if it only happens when standing. May be some nerve irritation caused by a standing position irritating your sciatic nerve, that is somehow causing the feeling of "itching" to the area a nerve branch is innervating, a simple guess on the computer though. Get eval, good luck. ...Read more

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My leg always itches, but I don't have a rash. What else could it be?

Vasculitis: Venous inflammation or insufficiency causing congestion may cause itchy symptoms and possible rash...See a as ulnar dr and perhaps one with endovascular specialization. ...Read more

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Lower right leg itches and when I scratch it, it starts to hurt. What could be the cause?

Lower right leg itches and when I scratch it, it starts to hurt. What could be the cause?

Leg itching: Is it discolored? Could be a bite mosquito/ spider or fungal rash or the beginning of folliculitis / abscess- a bacterial infection or eczema or dry skin or erythema nodosum a reactive -immunologic rash to infection. Would follow up with doc/ urgent care. ...Read more

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I have this bump on my leg and it itches but there is a black thing in the middle of it and it kinda feels hot to touch to me but not others?

I have this bump on my leg and it itches but there is a black thing in the middle of it and it kinda feels hot to touch to me but not others?

Get it checked: An itchy bump doesn't sound too worrisome, but anytime we hear there is pigmentation, "a black thing", we have more concern for skin cancer. For us a picture would help, but probably best to have your doctor take a look at it. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have a rash on my leg n it itches like little bugs are crawling around?

I have a rash on my leg n it itches like little bugs are crawling around?

Could be chiggers..: Chigger bites are caused by mites which burrow themselves underneath skin causing little rashes like those in picture here. They can be intensely itchy especially at night when these creatures are active--they actually move in these burrows in the dark, thus more itching at night. Often one gets this infliction from grass fields. Consult doc for treatment. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have a scab about the size of a dime on my leg that itches and won't heal?

I have a scab about the size of a dime on my leg that itches and won't heal?

Rule out skin cancer: Itching suggests the body's effort to heal a wound as the nerves try to regenerate. But the fact that a scab persists and the wound will not heal suggests that there may be atypical cells. These cells could be skin cancers, either basal cell or squamous cell. In addition, if there is a history of a pigmented lesion, this could be a melanoma. You need to see a physician who will perform a biopsy. ...Read more

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I have one spot on my right leg that I noticed about a week ago. Sometimes it itches. I'm a 43 year old female.

I have one spot on my right leg that I noticed about a week ago. Sometimes it itches. I'm a 43 year old female.

Nondiagnostic: Your description of the skin lesion is too nonspecific to make a diagnosis. It will have to be inspected by your physician or dermatologist in order to advise you. ...Read more

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My 12 year old son's lower left leg really stated bothering him. He says it itches on the inside and feels like it's having spaziums?

My 12 year old son's lower left leg really stated bothering him. He says it itches on the inside and feels like it's having spaziums?

Twitches: These may be muscular contractions or irritability of a nerve in the thigh. If other areas of the body also have spasms, we check for magnesium or calcium deficiencies. A neurologist is best qualified to evaluate these types of symptoms. If the symptoms remain localized to the inner leg only, a systemic problem is unlikely. ...Read more

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I have a blood color rash on my leg that itches what is it?

I have a blood color rash on my leg that itches what is it?

More info: About history, extent, association, medical history, current medications. .. Etc. ...Read more

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I have a red rash on the back of my leg and it itches really bad?

I have a red rash on the back of my leg and it itches really bad?

Leg itch: A natural question would be to ask if you came in contact with Poison Ivy or Poison Oak. In any event, if the rash is not spreading you can try Lotrisone (clotrimazole and betamethasone) creme which is over-the-counter. This should help to clear it up. If the rash is spreading you should probably see a Dermatologist. ...Read more

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I have this insect bite on my leg that got bigger and bigger. Its all read and itches alot. It hurts to stand and walk. What to do?

I have this insect bite on my leg that got bigger and bigger. Its all read and itches alot. It hurts to stand and walk. What to do?

Infection?: You may have secondarily infected (cellulitis) the bite from scratching it. Due to germs that can live under our fingernails, it's easy to infect an otherwise clean wound that could have healed well. If this symptom persists, you should see a physician immediately for further evaluation and management of your symptom. Good health. ...Read more

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I have this hard bump or lump on the side of my leg that came out of nowhere literally. It doesn't hurt, it just occasionally itches. What is this?

I have this hard bump or lump on the side of my leg that came out of nowhere literally. It doesn't hurt, it just occasionally itches. What is this?

Lesion on skin: Lots of possibilities. Lots of missing info. E.g. Size color shape over skin or under skin do you have other medical problems. If it doesn't resolve in one week please see Dermatologist. ...Read more

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Why my lower part of right leg above ankle itches for a long time? The more you scratch the itchier it gets. Tried many cream but to no avail.

Why my lower part of right leg above ankle itches for a long time? The more you scratch the itchier it gets. Tried many cream but to no avail.

Time to see: A doctor then and get an accurate diagnosis.... (or was that done already.?) what creams have you tried? ...Read more

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I have a bug bite behind my knee. It constantly itches and is swelling. The pain has gotten so severe that I cannot extend my leg. What do I do?

I have a bug bite behind my knee. It constantly itches and is swelling. The pain has gotten so severe that I cannot extend my leg. What do I do?

Infected?: If it is red and hot it may be infected. If you think that is possible then see a doctor as soon as you can. Infections can become more serious if left untreated. If it is not red and hot try some cool compresses and hydrocortisone cream to try do decrease the itching until it resolves. ...Read more

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I've got a rash on my leg with small blisters and it itches what can it be?

Contact allergy?: It may be from a contact allergen but there are many other possible answers. ...Read more

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Hi! I have an lump under the skin on my leg which itches when I'm hot. What could this be? Is it dangerous? Thanks!

Hi! I have an lump under the skin on my leg which itches when I'm hot. What could this be? Is it dangerous? Thanks!

Lipoma: Lipomas are soft lumps that feel like little nodules of fat and occur under the skin. They usually move and don't usually hurt. They don't go away and are nothing to worry about. If the lump is tender or warm or draining then get it looked at. You should have this looked at to make sure that is what this is. There are other things it could be. ...Read more

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I have a rash on my leg that is grouped together and it's multiple small red splotches that have white pustules. It burns and itches?

I have a rash on my leg that is grouped together and it's multiple small red splotches that have white pustules. It burns and itches?

? Shingles?: You are a little young but it can happen in any age group. If the rash is only on one side and is painful / itchy with pustules or blisters then I would be checked. Other possibilities include ringworm (tinea corporis), eczema, allergy. ...Read more

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I have some severe bumps where you fold your leg. It burns an itches; they look swollen red & like insect bites. What should I do? Help!

I have some severe bumps where you fold your leg. It burns an itches; they look swollen red & like insect bites. What should I do? Help!

As with...: ...Most things on the skin, a doctor needs to actually look at this to see what it is. It could be bites, or it could be an infection of the skin (something called impetigo). If it's getting worse and spreading, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Rash on leg for two weeks that randomly itches and develops little blisters that pop when scratched. Spreads and swells when scratched.?

Rash on leg for two weeks that randomly itches and develops little blisters that pop when scratched. Spreads and swells when scratched.?

Rash: Have you been working outdoors or camping? It sounds like poison ivy or poison oak. Avoid scratching. Apply topical hydrocortisone or calomine lotion/benadryl lotion. Take over the counter antihistamine like cetirizine or loratidine if you can tolerate it. ...Read more

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I have a raised purple spot on my leg which has been there for quite some time now. Around it are rash-like marks and it all itches. Any clues?

Exam needed: If the discolored lesion is only days old, it could have been an insect bite with some leakage of blood under the skin. The associated itching makes this more likely but the lesion would clear after 10 days or so. Cortisone type ointment would relieve the itch. If this lesion has been present for weeks it's best to have it examined by your physician or dermatologist. ...Read more

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I have got something growing on my leg. It itches and grow as well. I was at the hospital but the antifungal drug I was given didn't make it go.

I have got something growing on my leg. It itches and grow as well. I was at the hospital but the antifungal drug I was given didn't make it go.

Re-evaluate/ refer: The initial diagnosis needs to be reassessed- tell your doctor of your persistent symptoms so that they can either re-evaluate the diagnosis or else, refer you to a specialist (infectious diseases specialist or a dermatologist) to help figure out what you have. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have a 3rd degree burn scar on leg, and It randomly itches like crazy how do I stop that? That and is there a way I can remove it, it looks gross?

See a dermatologist: A prescription steroid cream is likely to help. Perhaps the appearance so disagreeable to you is caused by scratching, and may look better when it is treated. ...Read more

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I fell out of bed weeks ago and hit my left knee on the hard floor. Now weeks later the area is tender and the lowr leg is swollen tender and itches?

I fell out of bed weeks ago and hit my left knee on the hard floor. Now weeks later the area is tender and the lowr leg is swollen tender and itches?

Blood clot: You need to have the leg examined for a possible deep or superficial vein clot. A ruptured baker's cyst or a knee effusion are other possible causes. It needs an exam and possibly xrays and/or ultrasound to sort this out. ...Read more

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Rash. Lower leg. Started as small knot under the skin/ turned into 3 pinkish bumps. Itches. Haven't scratched. Now 6 inch area. Skin looks very burned?

Rash. Lower leg. Started as small knot under the skin/ turned into 3 pinkish bumps. Itches. Haven't scratched. Now 6 inch area. Skin looks very burned?

Rash: This may have been an insect bite with an allergic response or an area of contact dermatitis from something that touched your skin. Apply cortisone cream, but if redness spreads and burning persists, an infection of the skin (cellulitis) may be present and requires antibiotic treatment (pills and cream). Your physician will advise you. ...Read more

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Why is this happening? I just got a simple little cut on my leg last week. It now has developed a rash that itches terribly and its oozing. This happened on my arm a few months ago when I burned it in the oven. The wound stays open...Which they both are/

Why is this happening? I just got a simple little cut on my leg last week. It now has developed a rash that itches terribly and its oozing. This happened on my arm a few months ago when I burned it in the oven. The wound stays open...Which they both are/

Hello.: Hello. I can't diagnose your symptoms. A cut which has remained open and is oozing with an itchy rash around it might be infected. When did you have your last tenatus shot? I am answering this five days after you wrote in. If it is still problematic, recommend that you get it assessed. Heat, redness, swelling, red streaks, pus, fever can all be signs of an infection. Check to see if you need to get you tenatus updated. Take care. ...Read more

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I have a stasis ulcer on my leg. The infection is gone, but it still itches. How can I stop the itching?

I have a stasis ulcer on my leg. The infection is gone, but it still itches. How can I stop the itching?

Lotio / Benadryl (diphenhydramine): Itching is very common and is a consequence of the inflammation from the healing ulcer and any associated venous insufficiency. Lotion and/or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) ointment could help. Compression always helps keep the venous insufficiency in check an may keep the itching at bay. ...Read more