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Dark red rash on metal plate on ankle. Developed insulin resistant diabetes. What could it be?

Hello, My husband has a metal plate and screws in his ankle since 2005. Shortly after the broken ankle, he developed insulin-resistant diabetes . He had eczema on the ankle in 2006, but it went away. Now, there is a dark red rash directly over the plate and it is getting worse - started out as pink then got darker. The outer part of his ankle is fine even though there is a narrow plate there. Do you have any idea what this can be?
Asked On : Thu, 26 Jul 2012
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Dermatologist 's  Response
Dec 2013
After reading your history it appears that your husband might have lichenification or purpura over the ankle. This can be due to trauma to local area which is causing damage to the skin day by day. I advise you to not pinch or pop the area. You can apply a mild steroid cream such as Cortisone cream. If itching is present then can take benadryl accordingly. Consult a dermatologist for checking the aggravating factor.
Answered: Sat, 12 Oct 2013
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