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Hello, I have large red welts developing on my lower legs.

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Hello, I have large red welts developing on my lower legs. They started a couple days ago and the big ones are starting to turn purple and look and feel like bruises from being hit by a standard size hammer. I have very few little red blemishes on my arms and none on my face. I have a temp of 38.5c. Can you please let me know what this might be and if I should go to the ER? When I try to walk it feels like I have a terrible sunburn on my legs and like I have been hit with a hammer on each welt.

Sorry for the sufferings.

I have to know some points regarding your query before answering the question.

Since when?

Did you get exposed to sun?

How large are the welts?

Thank you.
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
4 days, I was exposed to the Sun last Monday The 28th. We were swimming at the lake most of the day. The wels are about the size of a quarter, 1 or 2 a silver dollar. I also had a terrible headache the day after we went to the river that lasted 12 hours.
Thank you for the information,

The skin eruptions can be due to polymorphic light eruption following sun burn.

The skin temperature can be high.

Dehydration can be the cause of headache , weakness.

Take plenty of fluid.

Antiinflammatory medicine like motrin can be taken.

Cold compression can be helpful.

Sometimes application of steroids may be needed.

These usually disappear over a few days.

As they are persisting, you should have a consultation with your doctor or dermatologist in the morning.

I hope this information helps.

I will be happy to assist, if you need any clarification.

Please feel free for any follow up query.

Best wishes.
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Customer: replied 7 years ago.

Thankyou for your response. Is it usual for them to turn purple? What may have caused this in this particular instance? I have been out in the sun a number of times, and have never experienced this. Thank you so much.

When welts are formed, during healing process, they change in color like purple, then blackish.

Best wishes.
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