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Red/purple spots on thigh, clustered closely together, covering large area, long streaks. Had very similar rash before several times over the years.?

Red/purple spots on thigh, clustered closely together, covering large area, long streaks. Had very similar rash before several times over the years.?

Exam needed: Such an eruption could be due to inflammation of tiny blood vessels (vasculitis) which may be caused by an autoimmune disorder or leakage of blood from capillaries (petechiae) seen with low platelets, for example. Your physician or dermatologist would have to inspect this eruption in order to make a diagnosis and order any appropriate tests. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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A skin rash is a symptom in which a person has changes on part or all of his skin, such as color changes, bumps, blisters, oozing, peeling, ...Read more


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IMG_5098.jpeg I don't know if you can see this image but I have a dark red/purple, non itchy, non raised rash on my upper thigh. No pain, what is it?

IMG_5098.jpeg I don't know if you can see this image but I have a dark red/purple, non itchy, non raised rash on my upper thigh. No pain, what is it?

Can't see it!: It is not possible to upload images here, and since you don't say how long you have had it or enough history otherwise, guessing is pretty worthless. On Healthtap Prime you can upload a picture and consult with a doctor, if you wish. Otherwise get checked out in person with your doc. ...Read more

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Reacuring boils of some sort on my left inner thigh. Start as a soft bump then get hard and red/purple. When they bust they seem to just bleed.

Reacuring boils of some sort on my left inner thigh. Start as a soft bump then get hard and red/purple. When they bust they seem to just bleed.

Boil: Recurring boils in the groin can be a condition that need treatment. A few months of an oral or topical antibiotic can really help. Until you get in to see your doctor, start using an antibacterial soap to bathe with. ...Read more

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Tiny firm bump\bb size\moved easily, not painful, wouldn't pop, red/purple in color in upper inner crease of thigh. Poked it, bled, leaked yellow fluid?

Tiny firm bump\bb size\moved easily, not painful, wouldn't pop, red/purple in color in upper inner crease of thigh. Poked it, bled, leaked yellow fluid?

Probably benign: Given your age and history, there are several benign skin and/or below the skin growths (tumors) that would fit this description. A biopsy or removal of the lesion would give you a definitive answer. ...Read more

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Leg got red and formed a rock hard lump underneath then redness disappeared. On my other leg on thigh have a red/purple patch. What's going on?

Leg got red and formed a rock hard lump underneath then redness disappeared. On my other leg on thigh have a red/purple patch. What's going on?

See MD: You need to be seen to establish what is going on. I do not understand where on your legs the redness and "rock hard lump " are. Trauma comes to mind, but you may have some blood vessel issue, as an inflammed vein or blood clot issue. Please be seen today in a clinic or an ER. ...Read more

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Red purple spots clustered on my right upper thigh. Appeared within an hour and is the second time in a couple of months it has appeared? NKA or meds

Red purple spots clustered on my right upper thigh. Appeared within an hour and is the second time in a couple of months it has appeared? NKA or meds

Exam needed: These will have to be inspected by a physician to be sure, but they may be ruptured skin capillaries from some sort of pressure or injury to this area. If they begin appearing elsewhere things like blood dyscrasias or vasculitis would be suspected. If they remain localized, they will gradually fade after 7-10 days. ...Read more

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I have red-purple marks/lines on the sides of my stomach, thighs, and lower back. What are they and are they bad?

I have red-purple marks/lines on the sides of my stomach, thighs, and lower back. What are they and are they bad?

Stretch marks: Likely that. If they have been there for some time and don't hurt or itch and are not spreading that could be it. Hard to say without a picture or more description. It could be many other things. See your doctor when you can. :) ...Read more

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Have cold & a 4cm by 3cm purple/red pinprick rash on my thigh that, doesn't fade under glass & hasn't spread. Doc didn't seem too worried but should I b?

Have cold & a 4cm by 3cm purple/red pinprick rash on my thigh that, doesn't fade under glass & hasn't spread. Doc didn't seem too worried but should I b?

Observe it: It could be nothing other than part of a viral illness you have. If it is spreading or getting worse you need to be seen ASAP. If you are feeling worse in general be seen. Otherwise observe it, take care of yourself and it will fade. ...Read more

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I have dark red/purple spots on my thighs knee & feet. Not always there, but mostly at night & I also bruise very easy. Do u know what this could be?

I have dark red/purple spots on my thighs knee & feet. Not always there, but mostly at night & I also bruise very easy. Do u know what this could be?

Ecchymosis (Bruise): It sounds like you are describing easy bruising. This is almost always abnormal in someone 31 yrs old. You need to have this checked out and have testing done to find out why you are experiencing this problem. There are many causes for easy bruising. Some causes are relatively benign, but some are very serious. Get it checked out. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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I had a red, dry, itchy rash on my thigh for 2 weeks that kept getting bigger because I scratched. It stopped itching and turned purple the day I applied fluconazole left-over from vaginal candida treatment. So, was my thigh rash from candida?

I had a red, dry, itchy rash on my thigh for 2 weeks that kept getting bigger because I scratched. It stopped itching and turned purple the day I applied fluconazole left-over from vaginal candida treatment. So, was my thigh rash from candida?

Did it improve?: It is never a good idea to use prescription medication for uses other than for what it was prescribed. That being said the question here is did your rash improve after applying the anti fungal cream? If so then most likely this was a fungal infection. If not improved consider a virtual visit with an image of the area attached and a Healthtap doctor can help you now. ...Read more

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What can I do if my upper thighs have all theses purplish red dots and veins, what are they?

What can I do if my upper thighs have all theses purplish red dots and veins, what are they?

Veins and hemangioma: Vein in your thighs can be one of three types-spider veins which look like spider legs, blue veins which are called reticular veins or varicose veins which look like grapes. The red spots are called hemangiomas. They look like tiny red dots and tend to increase with age. They are due to aging, sun exposure and genetics. There are ways to treat all of these. See a vein specialist. ...Read more

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Thyroid feels big, hard lump on back of neck, difficulty breathing, red/purple stretch marks on thighs, and occasional headaches. What could this be?

Thyroid feels big, hard lump on back of neck, difficulty breathing, red/purple stretch marks on thighs, and occasional headaches. What could this be?

? Medication effect: First I need to know more details about the medications that you are currently taking since some of the medications (like steroids) may give occasional headaches, lump on back of the neck and stretch marks in addition to some other symptoms and signs like weight gain, elevated blood sugar, hypertension... ...Read more

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I noticed a small cluster of red/purple/brown dots on my left leg going in a straight line about 3 inches down my leg. Should I be concerned?

I noticed a small cluster of red/purple/brown dots on my left leg going in a straight line about 3 inches down my leg. Should I be concerned?

Infection?: It might help to upload a picture of this if you can. Infections can spread up the lymphatic vessels. This is usually more linear. Linear groupings of red dots. .. hard to say. Groupings of vesicles could be shingles. They usually burn and hurt, you are young for that but could be. Is this in an area where you shave? If so could be an infection in the hair follicles spread by razor. Have eval. ...Read more

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I have a small dark red, purple rash between butt cheeks, it has been there for approx 5, 6 weeks. No pain, small tickle/itch Hasn't worsened.

I have a small dark red, purple rash between butt cheeks, it has been there for approx 5, 6 weeks. No pain, small tickle/itch Hasn't worsened.

Rash in genital area: These kinds of irritations are frequently caused by yeast (fungal) dermatitis, secondary to perspiration and diminished light in the areas. See your healthcare provider for some "over the counter" medication advice. ...Read more

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I have this deep red purple rash on my arm. Just appeared today and is not raised or open. Does not hurt. What could it be.

I have this deep red purple rash on my arm. Just appeared today and is not raised or open. Does not hurt. What could it be.

Deepred purple rash: The rash you described can be a bruise from trauma. Does it get lighter or disappear when gently pushed in? If it persists for a few days, spreads, gets swollen or tender or you develop other symptoms like fever, bleeding, etc, please consult your primary care giver. ...Read more

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My three year old has random rash that looks like scratches on her chest, stomach and back. They seem to start light and become a red purple color?

My three year old has random rash that looks like scratches on her chest, stomach and back. They seem to start light and become a red purple color?

Itching in the night: Might just be winter dryness and the scratches from your child's nails. Try to file down her nails and apply lots of moisturizers on the skin especially after bathing. Any creams or even cooking oil will do. Kids tend to get very dry skin especially in the winter with the indoor heat. Sometimes they just need extra moisture in the winter. ...Read more

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Really Dry rash on buttocks with some red/purple bumps under skin. Dry and itchiness extends from groin region. What is this?

Really Dry rash on buttocks with some red/purple bumps under skin. Dry and itchiness extends from groin region. What is this?

See a dermatologist: Could be a dermatophyte. Do you have scaling of your feet and between your small toe/ ring toe? ...Read more

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I suffer severe leg and foots cramps at night. Woke up to a very painful red/ purple toe. Painful to touch or walk on. No injury as I was in bed.?

I suffer severe leg and foots cramps at night. Woke up to a very painful red/ purple toe. Painful to touch or walk on. No injury as I was in bed.?

Be seen: I would certainly recommend you be seen. Among potential considerations such as arterial insufficiency, or potentially inflammatory or infectious causes. An exam would go a long way in determining the likely cause. ...Read more

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Red/purple rash on foot on holiday, not itchy but very tingly, rash has burning sensation in sun, entire foot swelling to large size nochange in4 days?

Red/purple rash on foot on holiday, not itchy but very tingly, rash has burning sensation in sun, entire foot swelling to large size nochange in4 days?

Med 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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I am experiencing skin sores, itchy rash (severity: severe) (quality: severe itching) (side: scalp), rash in armpit (quality: pustules or pimples), itch, leg numbness and skin rash (quality: itchiness, blisters, crusty, bumpy, red or bluish purple, fla

I am experiencing skin sores, itchy rash (severity: severe) (quality: severe itching) (side: scalp), rash in armpit (quality: pustules or pimples), itch, leg numbness and skin rash (quality: itchiness, blisters, crusty, bumpy, red or bluish purple, fla

Sore/ itchy rash: May be eczema, psoriasis which could respond to steroids but may need stronger treatment if diffuse, folliculitis for which mupirocin topical and bactrim oral if not allergic would help, or autoimmune process. Or food intolerence- gluten, milk. Would follow up with dermatologist ...Read more

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Recently moved-no PCP. Went to urgent care, given fluconazole. Still have burning, itching, redness, rash on inner thigh. Help!

Recently moved-no PCP. Went to urgent care, given fluconazole. Still have burning, itching, redness, rash on inner thigh. Help!

BURNING, ITCHING++++: I DO NOT KNOW HOW LONG.
IF IT IS NOT A RINGWORN (FUNGUS) INFECTION, FLUCONAZOLE WILL NOT WORK!
YOU SHOULD FIND A DERMATOLOGIST SOON.
IT MIGHT BE SHINGLES, BUT WITHOUT A DECENT HISTORY, THERE'S NO WAY TO TELL.
BEST LUCK. ...Read more

Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Rash (Definition)

A rash is a change to skin condition which can affect color, appearance, or texture. It may or may not ...Read more