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If you are diabetic and your legs turn black, will the skin stay black forever?

If you are diabetic and your legs turn black, will the skin stay black forever?

Probably: Depending on how long your leg has been black the chance of the tissue returning to normal tissue is very low. The important thing to know is to be seen by a vascular surgeon to help decrease the amount of dead tissue expanding. You will need to increase the blood flow to the tissue which a vascular surgeon can help with. Unfortunately, u may be a candidate for an amputation of the black tissue. ...Read more

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How to remove black marks in legs...

How to remove black marks in legs...

I don't know: That all depends on what is causing the marks - overpigmentation, moles, bruises, bug bites, some disease, etc. ...Read more

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Why do i have black dots all over my legs?

Why do i have black dots all over my legs?

Tricky: dermatologic conditions are hard to discuss without seeing them. can be blackheads (infections) can be blood blisters from overrestrictive clothing or fragile vessels or a bleeding problem, freckles, or several other possibilities. Hard to say wihtout seeing what exactly is meant by the spots. ...Read more

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I'm seeing black cysts on my leg from camping. Please help?

I'm seeing black cysts on my leg from camping. Please help?

Black cysts: Where were you camping? US desert? Africa? Need more information and if we do 2nd opinion and send pictures can help. ...Read more

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How long after surgery, patient can remove those black things from his leg?

How long after surgery, patient can remove those black things from his leg?

Stockings?: I am assuming stocking post op prevention blood clots usually once adequate ambulation. Unless high risk surgery. ...Read more

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Just noticed small black spots on my leg,looks like i sat on a magic marker.wasnt there last week?

Just noticed small black spots on my leg,looks like i sat on a magic marker.wasnt there last week?

Dermatology: Any "black" spots on your body should be evaluated by a skin specialist. Without a photo it is impossible to diagnose. Please see a dermatologist ASAP. ...Read more

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I got kicked a few years ago and the place on my leg looks like it has a black scab over it. Is that normal ?

I got kicked a few years ago and the place on my leg looks like it has a black scab over it. Is that normal ?

Scab after trauma: Most of the bruses and abrasions after trauma, go away in a matter of days, maybe weeks. Scab could be something else, if trauma happen years ago. ...Read more

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My leg is blue/black after a car crash but i feel no pain. What is causing this? Im 30 years old and this car crash happened today.

My leg is blue/black after a car crash but i feel no pain. What is causing this? Im 30 years old and this car crash happened today.

See a doctor: Although you feel fine, i highly recommend you see your physician. You could have an internal injury. The black/blue mark represents bleeding under the skin. You should have the evaluated by a doctor to be sure there is not a serious injury. ...Read more

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I noticed two new tiny black dots on my leg after a mild sunburn. They are very small and resemble coffee grounds. What could they be?

Black dots from sun: This are called blood blisters within tiny veins. They will resolve. If they are brown and persist for 2-3 months, have them checked. ...Read more

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I have this half of dime sized "black mark" on my leg. I think it was caused by a mosquito bite. Its been a year already .What can I do?

I have this half of dime sized "black mark" on my leg. I think it was caused by a mosquito bite. Its been a year already  .What can I do?

See doctor: A black mark may represent an abnormal growth which requires a biopsy. A mosquito bite can leave a scar like lesion called a dematofibroma but they are not black. Do not delay seeing a doctor because it is best to deal with possible abnormal pigmented lesions early. ...Read more

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I have this bump on my leg and it itches but there is a black thing in the middle of it and it kinda feels hot to touch to me but not others?

I have this bump on my leg and it itches but there is a black thing in the middle of it and it kinda feels hot to touch to me but not others?

Get it checked: An itchy bump doesn't sound too worrisome, but anytime we hear there is pigmentation, "a black thing", we have more concern for skin cancer. For us a picture would help, but probably best to have your doctor take a look at it. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have this hard black thing embedded in my leg, what could this be?

I have this hard black thing embedded in my leg, what could this be?

Don't know.: Have it medically checked. One of my patients pulled a number of small pieces of dark shrapnel from his knee this week ( ied explosion in afghanistan). ...Read more

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What would make my lower leg turn black?

What would make my lower leg turn black?

SEE YOUR MD: Loss of circulation. What other symptoms do you have? Any blood sugar issues? Please see your md. ...Read more

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I have 2 black dots which look like a bite on my leg and its swollen, what is this?

I have 2 black dots which look like a bite on my leg and its swollen, what is this?

Infection vs allergy: If it is a bite then the swelling could be either infection or an allergic response to the bite. If the swelling happened quickly and it itches then it is more likely a localized allergic reaction. If it is tender and the swelling happened slowely then it could be infected. A blood clot is always a possibility with swelling on only one leg but that is not associated with a bite. ...Read more

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My five year old has suddenly developed 2 tiny black dots on the back of her leg. Is this a cause for worry? Thanks

My five year old has suddenly developed 2 tiny black dots on the back of her leg. Is this a cause for worry? Thanks

As long as they are: not actually small ticks, you do not have to worry. If she has been playing outside you may want to look with a magnifying glass to be sure. If they are ticks, they need to be removed. If not, they may be new moles which would be nothing to worry about. To be sure, have her pediatrician take a look. ...Read more