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

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Blotchy discoloration (reddish- brown) of skin on lower legs 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
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 5 years ago.
How long has this been a problem? Any swelling of the legs? Your other medical conditions?
Customer: 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.
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 5 years ago.
And a doctor has never commented on this or offered treatment for it?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
No, but that is my fault. I have not often been to see a doctor.
Expert:  Dr. Chip 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.
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