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What causes swollen legs and feet along with red patch on shin area?

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Posted on Thu, 14 May 2015
Question: Hi following flight to Vietnam I got swollen lower legs and feet. these over the next few week returned almost back to normal,however I now have hot feet,and a red patch on my lower front shin about 50mm in dia. it is hot to touch and cannot bear to have socks touching it.it feels like nerve endings are just under the surface and when I move my foot around it feels like it is pulling inside my leg. the skin is red and shinny but no spots
or any other signs of skin complaint. thanks in anticipation XXXXXXX XXXXX
I AM TAKING LEVOTHYOXINE 50 MAG which is the only medication I take. I am 77 years old.
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Answered by Dr. Sudhir Kumar (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Cellulitis/ hypothyroid.,

Detailed Answer:

Hi
Thanks for your query

I'm Dr Sudhir Kumar

I have gone through your query and understand your concern. There are many possibilities.
One is possibility of cellulitis as you are having hot feeling to touch. Rest, elevation, icing and analgesic is helpful.If you are having fever then you need to be done incision and drainage for which you have to visit doctor.
Second possibility can be hypoactive ( less thyroid) for which you have to increase dose of thyroid. You can discuss with your doctor about it.

Hope your query get answered. If you have any clarification then I will be happy to help you.

Wishing you a good health.
Take care.

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Follow up: Dr. Sudhir Kumar (22 hours later)
Hello Dr. thanks for your reply.
my doctor is concerned that he cannot solve my problem as yet.At the moment it feels very hot and during the night wakes me,it feels like a electric shock under the skin I have been rubbing it with a non-ionic cream,Cetomacrogol cream BP BB formular which sooths the pain a little.it feels like nerve endings and is quite sore to rub.
just a as thought could it be Crips /krips? if you think it could be what can I do to help fix it.i thank you in anticipation. XXXXXXX
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Answered by Dr. Sudhir Kumar (38 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Analgesic such as ibuprofen and Mecobalamine may be of help.

Detailed Answer:

Hi
Welcome back
You can get your thyroid function test (T3,T4 and TSH). If found hypothyroid then increasing dose of thyroid hormone will decrease swelling. Mecobalamine will relieve of neuralgic pains Rest, elevation, icing and analgesic such as ibuprofen is helpful in relieving pain.Cellulitis can be diagnosed by visiting doctor. You can visit a physician for better evaluation.
Everything else already discussed.
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Take care

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What causes swollen legs and feet along with red patch on shin area?

Brief Answer: Cellulitis/ hypothyroid., Detailed Answer: Hi Thanks for your query I'm Dr Sudhir Kumar I have gone through your query and understand your concern. There are many possibilities. One is possibility of cellulitis as you are having hot feeling to touch. Rest, elevation, icing and analgesic is helpful.If you are having fever then you need to be done incision and drainage for which you have to visit doctor. Second possibility can be hypoactive ( less thyroid) for which you have to increase dose of thyroid. You can discuss with your doctor about it. Hope your query get answered. If you have any clarification then I will be happy to help you. Wishing you a good health. Take care.