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I have a round sore, thats not sore, on my leg for the last

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I have a round sore, thats not sore, on my leg for the last few years. It is 1/2 inch in circumferance with a core that is 1/4 inch. I generally just crusts over with dead skin which comes off when I shower or scratch it. Underneath is a purple circle covered by clear(?) skin. If it breaks it bleeds like crazy so I do try not to touch it. There is also an odd pattern of discoloured darker skin 3/4 inch X 1/4 inch surrounding the area. I finally brought it to the attention of my doctor who recommended I see a dermatologist as she did not like the look of it. It never bothered me so I never thought to have it looked at. Do I need a referral for a dermatologist? Thank you.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Dermatology
Expert:  Dr. Nair replied 5 years ago.

Can you take a photograph of the affected area at your convenience?
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Expert:  Dr. Nair replied 5 years ago.
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Thank you for the photograph. Its hard to be sure just by looking at it but what you have may be a type of angiokeratoma. These are a group of harmless skin conditions and are best diagnosed by a skin biopsy. I think it would be worthwhile to see a dermatologist and ask for this just to be 100% safe and rule out more sinister conditions like Bowen's disease and atypical melanoma.

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