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What causes red knots on arms,legs and body with swelling on ankles?

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Posted on Wed, 3 Sep 2014
Question: I have had firm, red bumps, actually more like knots on my arms, legs, and body. I have also had tenderness and redness in these areas and also in my ankles and wrists. The wrists and ankles have shown a bruising appearance with mild pain. After one week the knots have dissipated mostly.
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Answered by Dr. Naveen Kumar Sharma (8 hours later)
Brief Answer:
It can be a viral infection

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
I have studied your case and I believe it is a viral infection. I would like to know little detail before advising any thing.
1.have you also had mild fever, sore throat and body ache?
2.Your joint pain, is it increasing or decreasing? Is this pain is also associated with stiffness?
3. Are you also feeling weakness, loss of appetite?
Please send me answer of these questions. I will try my best to help you.
Thanks.
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Follow up: Dr. Naveen Kumar Sharma (7 hours later)
THANK YOU FOR YOUR OPINION. THE JOINT PAIN HAS INCREASED AND FOR THE LAST TWO DAYS I HAVE ALSO EXPERIENCED SIGNIFICANT SWELLING OF MY ANKLES AND FEET, WHICH I HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCED PREVIOUSLY. THE AREA IS RED TO PURPLE AND HAS FEVER. I HAVE NOT HAD ANY LOSS OF APPETITE ALTHOUGH I AM A VERY LIGHT EATER BY NATURE. MY JOINTS ARE NOT EXPERIENCEING STIFFNESS.
I AWAIT YOUR FURTHER INFORMATION. THANK YOU.
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Answered by Dr. Naveen Kumar Sharma (3 hours later)
Brief Answer:
This is arthralgia associated with viral infection

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
After reading your feedback I am sure that it is viral arthralgia. this joint pain and swelling is due to viral infection in blood causing inflammation of the joints. I would suggest you to get following investigations.
1. WBC
2. CRP
3. ESR
These tests will confirm the diagnosis .After getting all above test I would suggest you to start following treatment after discussing with your physcian.
1. Tablet Brufen twice daily
2. Broad spectrum antibiotic to prevent secondary infection.Antibiotic has to be decided by your physcian.
3. Good fluid intake and rest.
4. Also make sure that your blood pressure is with in normal limit which can some time increase calf swelling.
I hope these measures will help you. Let me know if there is any other followup questions.
Thanks.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Raju A.T
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What causes red knots on arms,legs and body with swelling on ankles?

Brief Answer: It can be a viral infection Detailed Answer: Hello, I have studied your case and I believe it is a viral infection. I would like to know little detail before advising any thing. 1.have you also had mild fever, sore throat and body ache? 2.Your joint pain, is it increasing or decreasing? Is this pain is also associated with stiffness? 3. Are you also feeling weakness, loss of appetite? Please send me answer of these questions. I will try my best to help you. Thanks.