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Blotchy discoloration (reddish- brown) of skin on lower legs

to the top of feet... Show More
to the top of feet. No irritations or other problems. What is this and how can it be treated ?? Thank You.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Health
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replied 5 years ago.
How long has this been a problem? Any swelling of the legs? Your other medical conditions?
Customer reply replied 5 years ago.
I would say maybe 10 or 12 years ago when I first noticed the discoloration. There is no swelling or unusual dryness. My health is good. No allergies. No heart condition. BP good, but a little high.
Dr. Chip, Doctor (MD) replied 5 years ago.
And a doctor has never commented on this or offered treatment for it?
Customer reply replied 5 years ago.
No, but that is my fault. I have not often been to see a doctor.
Dr. Chip, Doctor (MD) replied 5 years ago.
OK. The term for this is progressive pigmented purpura and it's also known as Schamberg disease. Nothing serious and a kind of dermatosis where there is a leaking in the capillaries and the fluid deposited in the skin causes the discoloration. Treatment includes UV light therapy and medications like tretinoin cream and tacrolimus cream.