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I have a dark skin discoloration on my lower legs. What causes

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I have a dark skin discoloration on my lower legs. What causes this and how can I get rid of it?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Robert Fernando replied 5 years ago.
Welcome to justanswer and thank you for your question.

Do you have itching or swelling in legs?
Are you taking any pills?
Any tests done?
Do you have bumps or blisters in legs?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
There is no swelling , itching bumps or blisters . However, if not moisterize daily , dry scales will appear. I take high blood pressure pills - Diovan and norvasc. no testing was done.
Expert:  Robert Fernando replied 5 years ago.

It sounds to be due to hyperpigmentation,and occurs due to over production of pigment by melanocytes in that area. Also excess production of cortisol will cause such symptoms. It can occur due to inflammation of the small blood vessels or capillaries and usually they are more common in varicose veins.
You should use Venous stockings regularly during work. Take oral vitamin C 1g daily as it will strengthen the capillaries. Your doctor can advise for oral vitamin A 50,000 IU once daily for 6 weeks, as it will enhance the macrophage clearance of the pigment in the skin.

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