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I noticed this at the beginning of the month, weird spots on my lower or around my ankles going on to up the leg and some under my feet....

Ok they are red, and look like spots of broken capilaries....they don't hurt scratch itch and the skin is still as smooth as my legs are.....

I showed one of my co-workers yesterday, and he showed me his darker spots going up his leg starting around the lower calf...

For some reason they fade and then come back....I do not know what the heck it is, the blood is flowing nice in my feet, they still look perfect, my nails or toenails look fine, I have not cuts or weird marks....I have all my feeling in my feet....

I do not know if this a diabetic thing or not, because when I looked up all this stuff, people had some fugly looking marks, and dented and dark, and sunk in and even the beginning stages looked horrible, I do not have this at all....

I am so tight on money and time I don't want to go to the gp just for him to scratch his head and try to send me to a specialist that my limitied insurance does not cover, so I was wondering if anyone ever seen it....

Ok and I looked up all other life threatening skin things, this is not cancer nor does it look like it, or lymes diesease or any of that scarieness...

So I am so confused as I looked up everything and nothing looks like this at all, and if it was an allergic reaction well, I switched back to not using bleach on my socks again and nothing....

But for some reason when I am in the freezer at work, without gloves on I get the same spots on my hands but they go away by the end of the day but it looks the same, it's like I get freezer burn....

I do not know I am confused, I tried not to be concerned but I am a little bit, I don't know why....it's just weird...

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How odd. Maybe a dermatologist could help. Is it on the skin or under? New laundry detergent? New socks/hose? New pet? Might be an allergy too but weird that it would hit just one area.
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I started having this about 6 months ago. I did not ask the doctor about it the last time because it was there, just not as bad as it is now. Mine looks like a band of very bright red bumps, extending from my ankles to about 8 inches up my leg. They do not itch or hurt, but sort of leave glossy looking pits in my legs. This time I asked about them and my doctor was honest, said he didn't know, but only sees them in Diabetics. He offered to send me to a dermatologist, but other than the way they look, they do not bother me.....I just can't see spending the money to be told it is something "Diabetics get".
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Sort of sounds like what I have, I will eventually get to the bottome of it....only money insurance and time will tell LOL

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Google: Necrobiosis Lipoidica Diabeticorum and see if it looks/sounds like what you're talking about.

I do transcription part-time in a dermatology office, and the doc diagnoses this condition a lot when people come in with itchy patches on the lower legs.

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Google: Necrobiosis Lipoidica Diabeticorum and see if it looks/sounds like what you're talking about.

I do transcription part-time in a dermatology office, and the doc diagnoses this condition a lot when people come in with itchy patches on the lower legs.


Mine is a lot like some of this.....it does not have sores, and seems to ring my legs. I hope it never gets as bad as some of the pictures I saw here! :eek:
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Penny, most pictures you find on the internet are EXTREME cases. The ones we see are just small itchy spots. She recommends keeping them well-moisturized and using hydrocortisone creams to help with the itching. If they do become ulcerated, i'd definitely suggest seeing your doctor so they can give you antibiotics and prescription creams for them.

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No, mine do not look or are even described like that, it is more like in my skin, it is not raised, it looks like broken blood vessels or capillaries....it is in spots, but like I said they don't hurt, itch, or are raised it is beaneath my skin and they look lighter or darker red sometimes....it's very odd....

I dunno what it is, it's very odd....

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I found this information. It might be it:
Exercise-induced capillaritis
Crops of small red spots may develop on the ankles following prolonged or vigorous exercise (e.g. 18 holes of golf, tramping or dancing), especially during warm weather. The spots fade to brown within a few days and eventually disappear. A burning sensation may occur as the new lesions appear.

Here's a link:

Capillaritis (pigmented purpura). DermNet NZ

(The pictures don't look too bad, here...)

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I found this information. It might be it:
Exercise-induced capillaritis
Crops of small red spots may develop on the ankles following prolonged or vigorous exercise (e.g. 18 holes of golf, tramping or dancing), especially during warm weather. The spots fade to brown within a few days and eventually disappear. A burning sensation may occur as the new lesions appear.

Here's a link:

Capillaritis (pigmented purpura). DermNet NZ

(The pictures don't look too bad, here...)




That kind of looks like what I got, I have been on my feet a lot more the past two months example on my feet 10-12 hrs a day at work, and then of course going home to all my kids...NOt really sitting till later on or early morning....

I have lost a couple of pounds too with all this activity and my bg's are dropping like flies....LOL....I lowered my basal rate yesterday and I actually did ok...

Oh well it's just those spots aren't as brown as mine mine are more red and they have not gone away....I think because maybe of the constant movement....

And it has been really hot this summer so far so it makes sense

Thanks for the link so much
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I found this information. It might be it:
Exercise-induced capillaritis
Crops of small red spots may develop on the ankles following prolonged or vigorous exercise (e.g. 18 holes of golf, tramping or dancing), especially during warm weather. The spots fade to brown within a few days and eventually disappear. A burning sensation may occur as the new lesions appear.

Here's a link:

Capillaritis (pigmented purpura). DermNet NZ

(The pictures don't look too bad, here...)


My feet look like the foot in the lower right picture, maybe even worse. The doctor did not seem concerned about it, and other than being really dry and looking bad in sandals :) , it does not bother me.
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I have the rust (like the lower right), only it's all over my legs, below the knees. Intresting is that where my ankle socks are (wear that type all the time), there is very little 'rust'. It's like there's old blood trapped below the skin, but compression from the socks eliminates it. I've had it for many, many years, long before I was ever diagnosed as T2 and my doctor has never said anything other than 'oh, that's nothing to worry about', so I don't. It never hurts, itches, swell or anything, just looks yucky. I've thought about getting some compression knee highs and wearing them for a while to see if there is anything changes. I'll post if I ever do and it does help.

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Hi there -
I'm new to this site, but have been looking for weeks for a place just like this!
I have spent all this time since diagnosed in October with "Necrobiosis Lipoidica", looking for some sort of help. My own dermatologist readily admitted to not knowing much about this disease. I thought I was the only out there that had this, but finally - I've landed a couple places now. I've found some further info, and some others that have it - Feeling a little more connected once again -
I have gone so far as to write to a dermatologist in Georgia, USA for further information, seeing as she has a great article on the eMedicine web-site on this disease. I will try to post the link for you.
I had a punch biopsy done in early October and was diagnosed thereafter. I was immediately followed up with where blood tests were concerned, and I had my eyes examined. I am not diabetic but I do have this disease.
The only way this can be diagnosed is through a biospy because they need to get in as deep as possible.
There is no cure. It is irreversible. And there's not much one can do for them apparently.
I believe there are some treatments for some of the different stages, but they are not usually promising, and the disease will quite often re-surface, even on newly grafted skin.
You mention that yours fade and return - I don't believe that NL does that. I could be wrong, but in my case, the little red/brown spots, where they started on my legs, they are now on my feet, my breast, and have begun to come out on my one hand and upper arm. I'm getting worried because they can appear on the face, neck. The older ones are now turning textures, almost waxy, some are joining and some seem to be getting bigger. It seems to be happening rather rapidly now, but it started last year, slowly, before I clued in that something wasn't right.
I've read up on a few things, and there are so many different symptoms and reactions, and this really affects people in different ways. For the most part, it is usually women that get it, but men have been known to in the past. Again, usually diabetic women, but non-diabetic have been known to as well. For some it gets morbidly bad, for some it stays relatively low-key, and simply in the shin area. That's the usual spot for it to develop. Between the knees and ankles. In other cases, it can and does go to other body parts including face/head....
Let's just say, it's been pretty scary since finding out!
I understand getting in to see a doctor is a cost for you, but it's definately something you might want to consider looking into - I guess some people prefer not knowing what's going on when it might be bad...
I'm thinking, the more of these cases that come out, the more chances of them ever finding some sort of cure. And if not cure, then some medicines that will help in cases where it does get like those pics you see on the internet sites featuring these wounds.
I can live with a few dots on my legs and feet - But if this hits my face and neck and scalp, I can't imagine what I'll do knowing that there isn't anything I can do because "they" just don't know what to do...
I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this doctor I've written to is going to get back to me - I will keep you posted on any info I get -
Hang in there in the meantime, and here's the link:

[url=http://www.emedicine.com/derm/TOPIC283.HTM]eMedicine - Necrobiosis Lipoidica : Article by Cheryl J Barnes[/url]

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