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I have scabs on my leg that won't heal and its surrounded by dark spots?

I have scabs on my leg that won't heal and its surrounded by dark spots?

See md: Non healing lesions should be evaluated, cultured and possible biopsied. It is impossible to tell form description. ...Read more

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I have a dark ring on my leg right above the ankle. What causes that condition?

I have a dark ring on my leg right above the ankle. What causes that condition?

Lord of the Ring...: Well if it's not due to either a recent tattoo or in need of a good scrub, then I'm afraid you will have to have it evaluated. A history of the condition as well as looking into pigmentation, environmental or systemic possibilities need to be explored. ...Read more

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Help docs! I'm trying to find out what causes the skin on the leg to turn dark and hard?

Help docs! I'm trying to find out what causes the skin on the leg to turn dark and hard?

Not sure: Where to find out what you have you need to see a dermatologist. Within this venue a diagnosis cannot be made. ...Read more

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Dad (57) has diabetes. His wound mark on leg is not curing after many ointments. And the wound is painful and dark colored on leg. Please advice?

Dad (57) has diabetes. His wound mark on leg is not curing after many ointments. And the wound is painful and dark colored on leg. Please advice?

Probable infection: See a doctor asap. People with diabetes have compromised immune systems and poor wound healing mechanisms. Simple wounds can progress to serious infections if not treated quickly. He may need oral antibiotics, special wound care, blood/radiology studies. Get good glucose (fasting 100), clean wound with tap water using bulb syringe, apply antibiotic cream with q-tip, leave uncovered, and elevate. ...Read more

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I'm young and seeing deep dark spider vains in my legs often painful, is there any way to stop this or make them disappear? Or is it hereditary?

Sclerotherapy: Sclerotherapy (injection of veins with salt and water) will make your veins disappear and help for the pain. Laser therapy might help as well but is more expensive. Support hose/stocking will help for the pain as well.
Usually spider veins/varicose veins are hereditary. For prevention, I would recommend:
-keeping your weight down.
-avoid weight lifting with legs, sun burns/prolonged hot baths. ...Read more

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On left side of my leg have 5 lil bumps making a round circles, in middle of the circle I have a dark spot, in between the circles. What that?

On left side of my leg have 5 lil bumps making a round circles, in middle of the circle I have a dark spot, in between the circles. What that?

See a dermatologist: I is almost impossible to give a specific answer without being able to directly visualize the rash. See a dermatologist and then you will know for sure. ...Read more

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I have dark shapes on my legs cuz I sat infront of the fire a lot and they said it will go by itself but now its more than a year and it stll not gone?

More time: Erythema ab igne is the medical term used for the skin condition caused by long-term exposure to heat. Prolonged thermal radiation exposure to the skin can lead to network like changes and discoloration on the skin. Abnormally pigmented skin may persist for years. Treatment with topical tretinoin or laser may improve the appearance. See your dermatologist. ...Read more

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What wrong when your leg is swollen hard & turn dark?

What wrong when your leg is swollen hard & turn dark?

Concerning.: When one of your legs is swollen and turning dark, we worry about problems with the blood supply, perhaps with clot formation. You absolutely need to see your doctor about this asap. ...Read more

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What can cause the skin on the leg to turn dark and hard?

What can cause the skin on the leg to turn dark and hard?

Eval: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes. Once accurately assessed a treatment plan can be developed. ...Read more

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How to remove the dark spots in my legs?

How to remove the dark spots in my legs?

Diagnosis needed: Diagnosis is needed. Some dark spots are easy to identify and come with age. Others, represent a skin condition, such as melasma, which would require seeking the help of a dermatologist for treatments. ...Read more

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How do you clear dark spots on your legs from previous sores?

How do you clear dark spots on your legs from previous sores?

Dark spots: Any injury or inflammation of the skin can cause a discoloration. The degree of discoloration is related to the nature of the injury, burn or scrape, and the natural color of the skin. Dark skin is more prone to discoloration than light. The darkness is also related to how much sun you get on those areas. Avoid the sun, and use Hydrocortisone and a bleach cream. It will be very slow. ...Read more

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What causes your legs around your ancles to turn a darker shade of brown?

What causes your legs around your ancles to turn a darker shade of brown?

Venous insufficiency: The hemosiderin in the blood leaks out and stains the skin….microionized zinc oxide when applied frequently sometimes can help with the discoloration but you would have to deal with the venous insufficiency... ...Read more

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I got darker skin on my legs. And it shows when I wear shorts how can I lighten it?

I got darker skin on my legs. And it shows when I wear shorts how can I lighten it?

Dark skin: Likely because of exposure to sunlight. Sunscreen and use of pants/pyjamas may help. ...Read more

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My right leg is slightly darker than my left leg when I'm sitting. I don't go tanning. Should I be concerned?

My right leg is slightly darker than my left leg when I'm sitting. I don't go tanning. Should I be concerned?

Possibly vascular.: If this difference in appearance of the legs is only associated with a particular body position, this suggests a possible vascular cause (blood vessel; either venous or arterial). It would be prudent to schedule a visit with a physician for a careful history and physical examination. It may be that as a result of this evaluation, further studies may be needed to completely understand this. ...Read more

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For about 4 years now I have dark blemishes (which are somewhat lighter now) on my legs. How do I make them go away?

For about 4 years now I have dark blemishes (which are somewhat lighter now) on my legs. How do I make them go away?

DARK BLEMISHES? LEGS: MALE OR FEMALE?
IF IT'S GOING ON FOR FOUR YEARS, HAVE TO CONSULTED WITH A DERMATOLOGIST AS YET?
IF NO, PLEASE DO.
I CANNOT SEE THESE BLEMISHES FROM HERE. . . ...Read more

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I sprained my hamstring about a week ago ago but know the whole back of my leg is a dark purple. And the back of my know and leg is sientive?

Hamstring: More than just a sprain. Tore some musclefibers and hemorrhaged into area. Now rising to surface as bruising. Massage, stretching gently, cont ice. Will be fairly long recovery/rehab. ...Read more

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My daughter scraped her leg pretty bad and it is a very dark color around the scrape. She is complaining it hurts. Should I take her to the ER?

My daughter scraped her leg pretty bad and it is a very dark color around the scrape. She is complaining it hurts. Should I take her to the ER?

Yes: Have it checked, both to have it cleaned and assessed for infection. Make sure she is up to date on her tetanus. All the best. ...Read more

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I have tiny pinprick dark red dots around my legs that have appeared in recent days. When I press them they don't get any paler. Is something wrong?

I have tiny pinprick dark red dots around my legs that have appeared in recent days. When I press them they don't get any paler. Is something wrong?

Petechiae: You are describing petechiae, which are caused by bleeding from tiny blood vesselsl. There are many causes. If these are worsening or you have any other symptoms, get them evaluated by a doctor. ...Read more

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The skin on my legs is changing, I have patches where appears a kind of stripes of engrossment of skin and are darker than my regular color of skin?

The skin on my legs is changing, I have patches where appears a kind of stripes of engrossment of skin and are darker than my regular color of skin?

Circulation change: By description, it sounds like you may be developing venous stasis. This condition relates to diminished return of blood in your legs, and iron deposition in the tissue above the ankle – venous stasis dermatoses, from blood backing up and secondary increased pressure. Support hose might help. Would advise an evaluation. ...Read more

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I have a mark on my leg that's been there for over 6 months. It started off as a colourless lump that was slightly painful. Then it turned a dark red.

Red bump: It could be a benign hemangioma which is a tiny tight ball of tiny blood vessels that don't bother you if you don't bother it. However, because you give no clues about your age or general health it's hard to draw a firm conclusion. Show it to your doctor to be sure ...Read more

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I have an insect bite on the back of my leg. I noticed it yesterday morning after my shower. It doesn't hurt or itch but it has gotten darker in color?

I have an insect bite on the back of my leg. I noticed it yesterday morning after my shower. It doesn't hurt or itch but it has gotten darker in color?

Post inflammatory: Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation is a common and normal response during the healing process. When traumatized skin heals, redness, followed by dark discoloration often occurs. With time, the site will usually resume normal coloration to match the surrounding skin. Topical steroid creams applied initially can help reduce inflammation and prevent excessive discoloration. See doctor if red/hot. ...Read more

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Why is my feet darker than the rest of my legs?

Why is my feet darker than the rest of my legs?

Veins: Dermatology is a visual problem. That being said, you may have a vein problem; it's called venous insufficiency. You should start with your primary doctor; make sure your circulation to the feet are ok. Are you diabetic?
Sincerely,
Dr. Latva ...Read more

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Why is my feet darker than the rest of my legs?

Dark feet: Skin on areas like the hands or feet tends to be darker because it is exposed to the sun more than any other part of the body. This might be the case with your feet - if you spend a lot of time in the sun barefoot or with open shoes, your feet will get tanned, and no treatment will make them lighter till the tan goes away. The only solution to this problem is to wear closed shoes. ...Read more

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Dark large skin spots on arm and leg?

Dark large skin spots on arm and leg?

Skin spots: Several possibilities. Best to have a dermatologist take a look. ...Read more

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I've got dark spots on my legs and ankles what does it mean?

Too many options: This could describe normal "age spots" to brusing to varicose veins to melanoma (not likely) to a systemic disorder.
Best bet. See you doctor and sleep well knowing what this really is. ...Read more

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Remedy for baby's dark spots in legs got from insects bites?

Don't worry: They will fade over months to a year. There is no need to treat them. If the skin is dry, you can use a moisturizer. ...Read more

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My dad has diabetes his legs are all chapped and getting dark. Is this serious?

My dad has diabetes his legs are all chapped and getting dark. Is this serious?

See your doctor: Lots of diabetics have weak veins which can cause stasis dermatitis and weeping ulcers. This is a benign condition and we typically use compression stockings. Other things to consider include cellulitis (skin infection) and most importantly peripheral vascular disease (blockage of leg arteries). Infection and pvd can be serious. I would recommend having him see the dr. To diagnose it asap. ...Read more

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my right arm and leg is darker than my left arm and leg. Should I be concerned?

my right arm and leg is darker than my left arm and leg. Should I be concerned?

Probably not.: Over what period of time did it become darker? Is the difference so subtle that it may have always been like that? Were you perhaps exposed to sun on one side of your body than another? Is there some type of endocrine problem that is causing the pigment changes? Is it possible you have some type of vitiligo (Michael Jackson had it, but then made the rest of his skin white). If worried, see doc ...Read more

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Why am I getting like dark spots on my legs they look like purple I don't know am worry?

Why am I getting like dark spots on my legs they look like purple I don't know am worry?

Need pics: It would be nice to see some pictures of this purplish spots could be bruises could be a sign of early infection to be signs of vascular vein problems this post some pictures. Try adding an image through health tap. ...Read more

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I have had for a long time know a round quarter size dark bruise like circle on my left leg?

I have had for a long time know a round quarter size dark bruise like circle on my left leg?

Get it checked: You have a bruise on your leg for a long time. You should get it checked out. Sometimes a bruise gets hurt again and again. Sometimes an area under the skin is causing the bruise. Your doctor can examine it and may order tests or studies and get a better diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have this dark birthmark on my leg, and I want to know how I could get rid of or lighten the birthmark?

Ruby laser: It sounds like a cafe au lait spots. It can be better with ruby or alexandrite laser but it tends to reoccur. But right diagnosis has to be done by dermatologist of course. ...Read more