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Having some sort of itching in ankle and they develop as red rashes. Suggest? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 06-Jun-2013
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User:I wanted to talk regarding my skin
User:I hope you will be able to help me
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User:thanks so much
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User:hey.. yes..
User:I have some sort of itching in my ankle for some 5-6 months
User:and they develop as rashes --red
User:and the itching is mostly in the evening and nights
User:the itching sensation is so much that I cannot control
User:it also starts bleeding a bit from the scratch.
User:due to scracthing
User:i have applied some creams-fluecream
User:they give relief for some time and then again it starts scratch
Doctor:Have you consulted a dermatologist?
User:not yet
Doctor:Do you suffer from any other medical illness?
User:Yes.. I have bronchitis and wheezing some times
User:I am taking homeopathy medicines for that
Doctor:Is the itching restricted only to your ankles or is it generalised?
User:no only ankles above feet and below knees
Doctor:May I know your current weight and height?
Doctor:Do you have any dilated veins in the lower limbs?
User:70kgs and 5.3Ft
User:what do you mean by dilated??
User:my veins are quite prominent
User:and can be seen
Doctor:Any swelling that is visible?
User:i think.. there is very minor swelling
Doctor:May I know your age and gender?
User:29 female
Doctor:Are your periods regular?
User:yes...very much
User:and i also have fever most of the time
Doctor:These details are relevant to understand your problem, hope you do not mind answer them.
Doctor:Let me brief you.
Doctor:The symptoms of itching and rashes is grossly referred to as pruritus.
Doctor:It is associated with wide variety of causes.
Doctor:Ezcema and allergy are one form of condition.
Doctor:However as you report the problem is restricted only in your feet, there are possibility that these could be related to venous stasis.
User:mostly in the front part
User:due to scratching it speads in the back of the leg
Doctor:Varicose veins where there are dilated and tortuous veins in the lower limbs is one such condition where there is venous pooling / stasis of blood resulting in pruritus.
Doctor:From your description, it is unclear if you have the varicose veins.
Doctor:Apart from this, perhaps localised allergies could be the cause.
Doctor:Further few medical condition such as thyroid disturbance may be the cause.
Doctor:Without a direct clinical examination, I am unable to detect if any of the aforementioned conditions could be causing the symptoms.
Doctor:Hence i recommend that you see a doctor/dermatologist.
User:Yeah I am planning to visit one
User:just thought of taking soem advise
Doctor:I would specifically look to rule out varicose vein and thyroid issues.
User:if it is left untreated just using some ointments.. will it increae further
Doctor:Once a cause is found, we can formulate a treatment.
Doctor:The creams you use apart from caladryl are steroid preparation.
User:do you suggest some sort of tests for this as well
Doctor:Chronic steroid use has it's own disadvantage.
Doctor:I wouldn't suggest prolonged use.
Doctor:Besides that, we would only be treating the symptoms without knowing the underlying cause.
Doctor:Hence evaluation is advisable.
Doctor:Have you followed?
User:yes sir
Doctor:Do you have any other query?
User:not any more... I think I will have to visit a dermatologist soon..
User:can you suggest some dermatologist in bangalore..
Doctor:May I know which part of Bangalore do you visit.
User:bannerghatta road
User:btm layout
Doctor:There is one Dr. XXXXXXX Rodrigues consulting at XXXXXXX Hospital near XXXXXXX road.
Doctor:He is associated with us.
User:oh i see...
Doctor:If you wish you may consult him.
User:but cunnigham road wud be far for me
Doctor:This link has list of dermatologist practising
Doctor:in Bangalore.
User:Thanks a lot Dr.
Doctor:You may contact one closest to you.
Doctor:A few doctor has user based review
Doctor:which can guide you.
Doctor:Hope this suffices.
Doctor:Do you have any other query?
User:Not any more..
User:Thanks so much for your assitance..
Doctor:Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor:Bye for now.
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