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Itchiness on legs, calves, thighs, dry skin, bumps, redness, bruises. Causes for symptoms?

Hello. I have been experiencing extreme itchiness on my legs, specifically my calves up to my thigh, combined with dry skin , bumps and redness, leading to scratching enough that my skin breaks. Just ths morning, I now see that I have developed bruises about 5 inches long along each of my outer thighs (IT band area). I do not recall running into anything. I have just started exercising again, but the itching predates this.
Asked On : Sun, 10 Feb 2013
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Dermatologist 's  Response
Hi,

Welcome to H C M.

Your skin seems dry, i.e. xerotic.

You are likely to have pruritus.

Extreme pruritus may provoke ecchymoses.

The cause of xerosis may be found out.

It may be hereditary or secondary to some condition.

Atopic diathesis, thyroid dysfunctions,DM,anaemia, vitamin deficiencies, malignancies, blood diseases...etc may be ruled out.

For that, you consult dermatologist.

Local moisturiser cream or lotion may be applied after bath.

Steroid cream may be applied at night.

Antihistaminics and oral steroids in tappering dose may be taken till, relief you get.

I hope you got my answer.

Thanks.

Dr. Ilyas Patel MD
Answered: Sun, 21 Jul 2013
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