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Many causes: Venous disease of the legs, severe infection rare (necrotising fasciitis, aids), auto immune (vasculitis, bullous pemphigoid, pyoderma gangrenosum), unrelieved pressure, arterial disease, poor protein intake, dialysis (calciphylaxis), lipodermatosclerosis, skin cancer, injected drug abuse (methamphetamine), and many less comon causes. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Venous stasis ulcer: Venous insufficiency presents with varying stages. Stage1=spider veins, 2=varicose veins, 3=edema, 4a= stasis changes(brownish pigmentation), 4b=skin changes(lipodermatosclerosis, atrophie blanche), 5=healed ulcer, 6= active ulcer. With stage 6, active ulcer is the worst case , and fixing the venous insufficiency will help in healing of the ulcer along with compression, local care. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Increased blood flow: Swollen leg can feel warm when cellulitis (infection of the soft tissues) is the cause. The inflammatory response to persistent swelling known as lipodermatosclerosis in venous disease is often painful and warm. Common denominator is vasodilation, relaxing of the vessel wall, resulting in increased blood flow, and hence the warmth. ...Read more
I was diagnosed with cellulitis bad circulation in my legs is there some kind of treatment for this?
Yes for both: Cellulitis is skin infection and is treated with antibiotics-- typically you need to have an adequate blood supply in order for the antibiotics to reach the site of infection though. If your blood supply is poor, you would need further studies to identify why and where exactly the problem is, such as angiogram, ct or mri, and then there are many options to improve it with stents, bypass etc ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
The skin on both of my legs from the middle of the calf down pass my ankles are are turning brown are warm to touch and burn it feels like they have been sun burned but0 haven't been out in the sun what could this be of what is causing this?
Without : Without actually seeing it, i can speculate on an answer as best i can... One of the causes of a dark discoloration of the skin in the lower legs is something called hemosiderin deposits in the skin. This is related to the pooling of blood (from gravity and varicose veins). The varicose veins you have might be too deep to actually see (only the tiny superficial varicose veins are the ones we can see and are aware of). Red blood cells have a life of 120 days. When they die, they break apart, and the hemoglobin molecule inside is released. It's this hemoglobin that gives our red blood cells their red color. When the hemoglobin is released from a dying red blood cell, the hemoglobin is released into our general blood circulation (giving our blood its red appearance), and is absorbed by the body. But if blood pools or is stagnant in one particular area (like the lower legs because it's having a hard time fighting gravity to return to the heart due to varicose veins), when the red blood cells die and the hemoglobin breaks out, it can stain the local tissues, staining them a reddish brown, the color of hemoglobin, and this is called hemosiderin. Once the tissues are stained this way, it doesn't clear up or go away. Over time, with continued pooling of blood, the tissues get darker and darker. In severe cases, the skin can open up and ulcerate, causing what's called a venous stasis ulcer. The treatment is to address the underlying cause... The pooling of blood. So your best bet is to see a vascular surgeon, who can evaluate your veins and find out just why you're pooling blood in your lower legs. There is treatment for this to prevent it from getting worse, but there is no treatment that will remove the hemosiderin that's already present in your skin (although some laser treatments have been somewhat effective). Hope this helps! good luck. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Hav Vrc veins. foot has dark paches & dry, echy, scaly, thick paches from ankles & started spreding to knees. Doc pres clop & zimig cream. Wil it help?
See vein specialist: Varicose veins can cause a condition called lipodermatosclerosis with symptoms including: Pain, skin hardening, thickening, increased pigmentation & redness. Acutely it can present with painful inflammation in the inner leg above the ankle, resembling cellulitis with affected area is red, tender, warm, and may be Scaly. Chronic lipodermatosclerosis predisposes to venous or stasis eczema. ...Read more