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White splotches on legs turn purple. Is this due to bad circulation?

hey, i ve been having this problem with my legs (my legs are very pale white) where for instance when i m standing or even walking i get white splotches on my legs and my feet start to turn red/purple and sometimes my legs get purple as well. and then when i m in the shower only my legs/feet turn red. and i was wondering, is the reason i m having this problem because of bad circulation or is it that i have bier spots or is it something that i don t know about, and if its any of the above or not, what can i do about it. (i m just absolutely sick of it i feel so self conscious about my legs and feet and i just wear jeans all the time and i cant show off my legs! please help) :(
Asked On : Tue, 20 Mar 2012
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I think there is an issue with the circulation of blood in your legs. This problem is called Raynaud's disease. It is seen more in smokers, typists, pianists and patients people with lupus, scleroderma, arterial disease and carpal tunnel syndrome often develop Raynaud's disease.
The following investigations would be needed to rule out a secondary cause. These include complete blood count, liver function tests, renal function tests, and blood glucose levels.
Treatment involves medications like calcium channel blockers ( eg: nifedipine). In the mean time, keep your legs warm and stop smoking ( if you do). I would suggest that you see your physician so that a proper evaluation can be done and treatment can be started.
Hope this helps.
Answered: Tue, 20 Mar 2012
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