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Dark pigmentation around ankles and feet, like socks. Whats

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Dark pigmentation around ankles and feet, like socks. What's the cause? What's the cure? Not diabetic. Diagnosed with MS in 2004.
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  DrThomasMD replied 4 years ago.
Hello
Height and weight?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
5'4"
127 lbs
Expert:  DrThomasMD replied 4 years ago.
How long has this been there
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
before summer of 2011
Expert:  DrThomasMD replied 4 years ago.
OK
and any damage to the feet, legs?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
none. Also, one of my two sisters has it. She's not diabetic, nor does she have MS.
Expert:  DrThomasMD replied 4 years ago.
OK
It sounds like hyper pigmentation.
This is often due to sluggish veins in the legs.
Ultrasound could show this.

A lab test called CMP should be done..to make sure there is no indication of adrenal disease.

Former sunburn or any injury to the skin can result in this, including the past use of chemical creams or other environmental exposures.

The most common cause would be sun exposure, or tanning beds...why only in this area would not be clear...genetic factors can be at work.

So this is not an emergency, but I would show it to your doc this week or next, mainly for the lab, and to consider ultrasound.

Use reply if you need to clarify

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.
what type of doctor specializes in this? What can be done to reverse it?
What can be done if it is adrenal disease. I hate taking medicine.
Expert:  DrThomasMD replied 4 years ago.
Internal medicine and dermatology.
It can often be reversed with hyrdroquinone cream.
Or many other procedures.
Adrenal disease wold require medical or surgical intervention. It is unlikely.

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