Doctor insights on:
Redness On Legs Diabetes
I've had diabetes for 12 yrs, and my bg control is excellent. My legs turn red and purple and splotchy, and they itch when i stand a long time. Why?
Many possible causes: There are many things that could cause the skin to itch. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections can cause rashes on the skin. Insect bites can also be the cause of a rash on the skin. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Chronic pain in both ankles, back, neck, knee joint. Father has diabetes and psoriasis. Nsaids/vit. B both help. No swelling/redness. Nerve or psa?
No matter what, do..: No matter what have been happening to you, practice healthy low-risk lifestyle without overindulgence and obsession as the foundation of healthcare and the key to longevity. Besides, bring the feature, degree, and progress of the symptoms with their detailed sequence of event to see doc for analysis, more hx, physicals, and possible tests as needed timely; at least once, that would be worthwhile. ...Read more
Neuropathy &/or PAD: Two common conditions that effect the legs can occur with diabetes. Neuropathy: nerve damage that typically causes numbness, tingling, and burning in the feet & peripheral arterial disease: blocked arteries in the legs that can cause muscle pain with walking and can contribute to diabetic foot ulcers and poor wound healing. Also consider muscle pain from statin drugs to treat high cholesterol. ...Read more
Absolutely: Peripheral neuropathy, the fancy doctor words for abnormal nerve function in the extremities, is a well known side effect of diabetes. That's why diabetics have to pay special attention to their feet and legs. You can develop nerve problems and injure yourself and not even not i ...Read more
Leg redness: Leg redness can be from infections which usually require a physician visit since it would be painful with swelling. Mild skin redness can be lots of different things such as mild infections, inflammation, eczema, reactions to meds/detergents. Try a gentle aveeno (oatmeal) cleanser, otc steroid cream with a thick emollient such as aquaphor if no change see a physician. ...Read more
Infection: An infection can develop in people who have diabetes and open wounds. If these wounds go untreated they can lead to amputations. The most common cause of amputation in diabetics is neuropathy and poor circulation. If you think you have problem with your feet and you are diabetic seek medical attention by a board certified podiatric surgeon. Visit www.Eastpennfoot.Com for more info. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Leg redness: most likely you have a fungal infection, keeping the area dry, cleaning it everyday would help, you could use OTC anti-fungal cream, like Clotrimazole, if that didn't help you should see your provider for further examination. also in over weight people this issue is common therefore losing weight is very helpful. ...Read more
Poss fungal infectio: not sure if you r male or female. for female I think of poss yeast infection which can start In vagina. this can cause itching and a white 'cottage cheese-like' vaginal discharge. in both sexes the area between the inner thighs can also have a fungal infection on the skin caused by poss diabetes, heavy sweating, even friction from thighs rubbing together when walking. needs to be examined. ...Read more
Can be poor veins: A common change as people get older is for the blood vessels in the legs to get weaker and often damaged. Poor vein function (varicose veins, venous insufficiency) can cause swelling, and blood pooling. Gravity makes it worse. Sometimes vessels leak blood which can make the skin look red or brownish. Prevent weak veins by staying active, stretching the legs, and putting them up when sitting. ...Read more
asap: Take him to a dr asap it might be very serious. ...Read more
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