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Purple patches on legs, no itching. Has high BP and cholesterol. Am I just nervous?

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my husband has these circular redish purplish patches on his upper to lower legs. It started with one on his calf and didn't itch or hurt. I insisted he see a derm asap. I can't remember what she said it probably was, gave him a cream, wanted him to do a ton of labs..which he didn't. He is high blood pressure/high cholesterol and on meds, manages it poorly. I noticed in a matter of months this condition, cosmetic or not as spread all over both legs. Am I being a nervous wife? He is only 34 and I'm 30.
Posted Sat, 5 May 2012 in Skin Rash
Answered by Dr. Rakhi Tayal 1 hour later
Thanks for posting your query.
The circular reddish purple patches all over the legs might be a dermatological problem like erythema or dermatitis but can be due to a systemic disorder like liver problem or platelet dysfunction.
Physical examination and investigations are mandatory to know the cause.
Since I do not have all the details and a privilege to examine your husband my assessment is severely limited.
It is not likely to be related to an STD or raised cholesterol.
I encourage you to consult a physician soon under whose guidance you can plan proper investigations and further management.
Hope this answers your query. I will be glad to answer the follow up queries that you have.
Please accept my answer in case you do not have further queries.
Wishing you good health.
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