Red Spots on Legs

arm-141290_1920Everyone experiences red spots on their legs in their lives. It doesn’t matter what age you are, or race or sex. It affects all the people and it is most of the time benign and not potentially a severe symptom. One can have a few red dots on their legs to a state where it can be numerous spots which can merge into bigger ones and spread onto the rest of the body. The most important accompanying symptom can be itchiness when a person can scratch the skin surface and cause open wound lesions or create an entry for infection. It can lay flat on a skin or it can be elevated and filled with some fluid. Depending on a root of the problem, the site can differ from one condition to another.


Eczema is a chronical skin condition which represents in a red and itchy skin. It has a tendency of spreading and subsiding for some period of time. It is also called atopic dermatitis. It is more common in children and it can start with red patches that are shown on the hands, feet, ankles and other parts of the body. It can be in a form of a small, raised bump filled with fluid which can leak if a person scratches the skin. The skin gets dry, patchy and scaly with a thick layer overtime. It can be linked with some atopic conditions like asthma or allergies. There is no cure for eczema. It will come and go. There are some steps that you can take in order to calm down the irritation. You can use corticosteroid creams for itchiness and calm down the inflammation as using other creams for repairing the skin such as Protopic and Elidel. If it gets infected, you may need antibiotics.

Erythema Nodosum

Erythema nodosum is a skin inflammation affecting the fatty portion of the skin. The skin gets red, inflamed, painful and it usually raises over the skin resulting in lumps. They can subside from time to time and go flat. They come in various sizes, all going around the size of a dime. When the latency period comes, the skin can look bruised and indented. There are various conditions which can trigger this event, such as some drugs, birth control pills, pregnancy, strep throat, inflammatory bowel diseases, etc. If there is a specific cause, treatment is aimed at the elimination of the cause and treating the consequences. It can be treated with cortisone or colchicine to reduce the inflammation.


It represents the inflammation of the root of the hair. It can be itchy and manifest in small forms of pustules. It is usually associated with shaving the legs, where it can lead to an infection if a pathogen enters the follicle of the hair. It goes away after a while and if the shaving is the cause, try to avoid it and use wax for hair removal.


psoriasis-356429_1920Psoriasis is a skin condition which reflects in excessive skin cell production. It appears in a form of a red plaque dots which are surrounded by white scaly skin. It can be a manifestation of its own, or it can be a side symptom of a certain condition such as psoriatic arthritis. Skin can be itchy and it can crack and bleed. When it covers the large portion of a skin, it can get pretty irritated and painful. There is no cure, but there are some treatments which you can use to reduce the appearance such as some lotions or light therapy.

Schamberg’s Disease

This is also known as “progressive pigmentary dermatosis of Schamberg” or “purpura pigmentosa progressiva”. It affects people of all ages and represents in a form of a skin discoloration. It can look like brown or reddish spots on a skin which are more common on the part of the legs. The actual cause is still unknown, but the spots come from a blood leakage from the capillaries. When the lesions get old, petechiae look like “cayenne pepper” due to the iron content in the blood. The therapy includes corticosteroids, immunosuppressants and PUVA therapy.


A person can get red spots on legs as an allergic reaction to a food, medication, contact or some other ingredient. Atopic dermatitis is one example of an allergic reaction. Another one is contact dermatitis where a person gets irritated from the use of some soaps, latex or other cosmetics. It results in a rash and itchy skin. Try to avoid the allergens and consult a doctor for a proper treatment.

Bowen’s Disease

This is a type of an early skin cancer resulting in red, patchy skin. It is due to an abnormal cell growth in the epidermis or the outer skin layer. It is the type of squamous cell skin cancer. It is an early stage cancer, so it is still in situ, meaning, it is still in one part of the organ. It has a sharp edge from the rest of the skin, with a red surface. It can be crusty and it may grow a few centimetres in size. There are some medications which can be used, as other treatments such as cryotherapy, excision, and photodynamic therapy.


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