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Ankles swollen. Reddish, brownish patches around ankles. Suggestions?

I have been swollen ankles for the past 4 days and in the past 6 months I have developed reddish, brownish patches of skin around the ankles the skin varies at time it will be bigger and more red at times and other times more brown. I am overweight and a mother of 4, I have had swollen ankles before because I have been on my feet for very long time, sometimes after work since I have been sitting for a long time, but ths time I have been active recently and still have them the skin patches worry me I have not had those before
Asked On : Fri, 29 Mar 2013
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You are a mother of 4 children and obese. You have developed reddish, brownish patches of skin around the ankles, 6 months duration and edema 4 days duration.
There may be so many causes for patches around the ankle joint. After going through your statement I feel that it may be " Petechiae ".
Petechiae are due to the inflammation of the blood vessels called as vasculitis.
This condition calls for investigations and treatment right away
The bleeding that takes place in the skin are called
1) Petechiae – smaller lesion (minute hematoma) – measures
2) Purpura – larger lesion – may be palpable – measures 3 mm to 1 cm
Other than Vasculitis, Allergy, Dietary deficiency of vitamin C also may be the cause. It can be named as a nonspecific sign, but the underlying etiology may differ.
Etiologies are mainly concerned with blood disorders. So careful clinical testing and investigation play a major role to determine the underlying cause.
Consult a Hematologist and take proper treatment of the underlying cause, if any.
Best wishes
Answered: Tue, 9 Jul 2013
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