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Experience:  30 years practice in general and cosmetic dermatology
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I have red blemishes on my legs and feet that I've had for

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I have red blemishes on my legs and feet that I've had for about 32 years of my life and have never gone away..
Wearing sandals is something I don't do cause I don't feel comfortable with red and purple blemishes on my legs and feet and wearing shorts is also something that I can't do..
Can you help
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dermatology
Expert:  dermdoc19 replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for asking your question. Is it possible to forward a photograph? Thank you.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Expert:  dermdoc19 replied 1 year ago.

Good. Please take your time.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
here is a pic
Expert:  dermdoc19 replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for the picture. Are these places palpable ( are they elevated above the skin?), Do they itch? What is your occupation? Do they go away to be replaced by new ones?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
They don't go away and don't itch but my hands and feet are always cold even during the summer and they started when I was 13 years old and that's when I started my menstrual cycle for the first time and since then I've had them and never go away and I've learned to live without wearing sandals or shorts
Expert:  dermdoc19 replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for the additional information.

Expert:  dermdoc19 replied 1 year ago.

This appears most consistent with idiopathic livedo reticularis, a rather mild case of it actually. This is a condition in which the capillaries are dilated and the blood flow is a bit stagnant. This causes the discoloration. We do not know what causes livedo reticularis. I don't think creams or lotions will help but you can try aspirin and your physician might prescribe Trental or Dipyrimadole. However, there is no sure fire treatment for this. I would recommend an evaluation with studies to include anti-phopholipid antibiodies, platelets and ANA ( antinuclear antibodies).