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Noticed brown discoloration on lower leg. How to get rid of this?

I am a caucasian male, age 51, average weight/build. I have developed over time a brown discoloration around my lower shin area on both leg, which has become more prominent over time. Is this something that should be checked out, or might it just be a form of age spots? It seems odd though that is only around my lower shins, and not on my hands or elsewhere.
Asked On : Fri, 8 Feb 2013
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Dermatologist 's  Response
Hi,
The brownish discoloration over your bilateral lower leg could be due to two conditions

1)Venous stasis pigmentation which is seen in venous insufficiency and varicose veins
2)Schamberg disease or progressive pigmented purpuric dermatosis. A benign condition characterised by red brown spots over lower legs and seen usually in people with prolonged standing hours.

As both the diseases require proper history and clinical examination, I would advise you to visit a dermatologist so that a proper diagnosis based treatment could be offered.
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General & Family Physician Dr. Gustav Gous's  Response
This discoloration on the lower leg is usually due to poor blood flow , specifically poor return of blood to the heart. One common cause is varicose veins. You need to see a doctor for a thorough check-up. This should also include blood tests to check your blood sugar . This is only on the lower leg because this is the area most affected by gravitational pooling of blood.
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