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Doctor insights on: Purple Discoloration On Legs

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I have what looks like bruising/discoloration behind my knee, but it's painless. It's a brown color, not purple/blue. What could be the cause?

I have what looks like bruising/discoloration behind my knee, but it's painless. It's a brown color, not purple/blue. What could be the cause?

Ecchymosis: This pigment could be due to breakdown products of red blood cells which stain the skin brownish yellow. Perhaps a tiny capillary or vein ruptured spontaneously and painlessly in the area. This pigment usually fades away gradually over a few weeks. Your physician can advise you further if necessary. ...Read more

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I have several, small purple-reddish dots on my right upper leg that's been apparent since last week.?

I have several, small purple-reddish dots on my right upper leg that's been apparent since last week.?

Skin spots: These may be petechiae which are caused by leakage of blood from capillaries in the skin. These can be due to minor trauma, taking aspirin or Aleve, (naproxen) or, if multiple petechiae appear elsewhere or other bleeding occurs, from platelet disorders. In this case you should consult your physician or a hematologist. Hopefully your spots will resolve in several more days and no serious conditions are presen ...Read more

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He woke up this morning and his left leg was swelling and purple all the way up the leg what could be wrong?

He woke up this morning and his left leg was swelling and purple all the way up the leg what could be wrong?

Sometimes a clot: In the leg may look like that or cellulitis which is infection can be like that. Either way he needs to see a doctor ...Read more

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Back on left upper thigh there is/are large large purple lines. It does not go far down my leg at all but spans about 4 inches wide?

Back on left upper thigh there is/are large large purple lines. It does not go far down my leg at all but spans about 4 inches wide?

Yeah: Could be a serious infection recommend in the next few hours you see a doctor in person or do a HealthTap for Doctors to treat and diagnosis ...Read more

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I woke up this morning and seen I had 8 red dots on my leg that appear to be insect bites, my surrounding leg is turning a bit purple?

I woke up this morning and seen I had 8 red dots on my leg that appear to be insect bites, my surrounding leg is turning a bit purple?

Insect bites: Could be "bites" from any insect. Typically, bedbugs leave 3 distinct bites in a row - called "breakfast/lunch/dinner bites." You should be concerned if the "bite" marks are progressing/enlarging - suggestive of an infection, allergic reaction, or bite with a "hemolytic" reaction (worse case scenario would be a "flesh-eating" bacterial infection). If so, see your doctor immediately. ...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 started getting red and purple dots all over one leg last night and within an hour they were all over. What could this have been from?

My daughter started getting red and purple dots all over one leg last night and within an hour they were all over. What could this have been from?

Can't say: These lesions would need to be examined, a history obtained & other tests may be necessary in order to diagnose them. Usually the lesions needs to be identified to determine the solution. ...Read more

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I believe a spider bit my leg. It immediately swelled and god hard under the bite but has since loosened. Now it is turning purple with a white tip.

I believe a spider bit my leg. It immediately swelled and god hard under the bite but has since loosened. Now it is turning purple with a white tip.

Are you sure?: Did you see and feel the spider attack? Did you take it where it could be identified? There are brown recluse spiders in TX but bites are rare. A dermatologist will help you. ...Read more

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I woke up with 2 areas of petechiae on my leg. No injury or med use. It's definitely petechiae. One of them turning purple other still red. Concern?

I woke up with 2 areas of petechiae on my leg. No injury or med use. It's definitely petechiae. One of them turning purple other still red. Concern?

No cause for anxiety: One or two petechiae does not mean anything serious. I would ask you to watch for any more of them appearing. If there are many more like 10 or more then you may have a cause for some concern in which case you should go see your primary care doctor and request a CBC and platelet count done. But it very unlikely that you will have to go that far. Good luck. ...Read more

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I haven't injured my leg but a hard small bump has formed, some of it shows on the surface but as I trace it, it dips down into the leg. It has a faded purple color to it. I have had it for 2 months. Should I be worried?

I haven't injured my leg but a hard small bump has formed, some of it shows on the surface but as I trace it, it dips down into the leg. It has a faded purple color to it. I have had it for 2 months. Should I be worried?

Need an exam: It would be necessary to see the area involved to give advice. An online consultation at Health Tap may be helpful. You can upload several images of the area. However it's possible that images won't suffice and you may have to still have to see a physician in person to examen the lesion. ...Read more

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How come I have purple vein looking lines on my legs?

How come I have purple vein looking lines on my legs?

Spider or varicose: There are 3 types of veins that can be visible on the legs- spiders look like spider legs and are very thin and several centimeters long, blue or reticular veins are longer and slightly larger than spiders and are blue in color. They appear deeper than the spider veins. Varicose veins are the largest of the veins and are grape-like in appearance. See a vein specialist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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I have purple red dots on my leg I was wondering what that means?

I have purple red dots on my leg I was wondering what that means?

Blood in skin: Bleeding into skin which can be caused by allergy to medication, infection and abnormal platelets. See dermatologist. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have purple patches on the leg, over a week after a car accident?

Is it normal to have purple patches on the leg, over a week after a car accident?

Bruising?: It can take weeks for bruises to resolve. The body eventually breaks down and reabsorbs the damaged blood products. If your symptoms are improving, then be patient. If you are concerned something else is going on, then see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have tiny purple dots surrounding some bug bites I have on my leg. What are they?

I have tiny purple dots surrounding some bug bites I have on my leg. What are they?

Please see: Please see your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options. This could be many different things. This way you will get the best treatment. ...Read more

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Why do I always have purple blotchy legs?

Why do I always have purple blotchy legs?

Dr Pollard: Provided excellent info. I don't know the reason without seeing the lestions. These lesions need to be visualized & a history needs to be obtained in order to make an accurate diagnosis. Sometimes lab testing or biopsy is necessary. ...Read more

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Causes of purple and white mottled skin on the legs?

Mottled skin: It may be cutis marmorata. A non serious condition characterized by purple and white blotch legs. There are not itchy or painful. A doctor should evaluate to make sure there is no underlying circulation issues. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have purple-bluish skin only on legs?

Is it normal to have purple-bluish skin only on legs?

No: This type of skin discoloration has many causes. Some causes are benign, some are more serious. I would have a dermatologist evaluate this problem to make find out if it is something to worry about. ...Read more