Red spots on the leg: 7 main causes and what to do

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The red spots on the skin, when they are not accompanied by any other symptom, can be considered normal. Some may appear due to insect bites or birthmarks. However, when the spots appear all over the body or there are other symptoms, such as pain, intense comezón, fever or headache, it is important to see a doctor, as he may indicate a more serious illness, such as lupus, for example. .

It is important to keep an eye on your body, observing new spots, scars or flaking that may appear, always helping the dermatologist when you notice any changes or alterations.

The main causes of red spots on the legs are:

1. Insect bites

The spots that are produced by an insect bite usually relieve and tend to cause comezón. This is the most common cause of the appearance of spots on the legs, due to the fact that only an area of ​​the body is exposed to insect bites, such as ants and mosquitoes.

what to do: it is important to avoid scratching, as it can expose the skin to possible infections, so it is recommended to use repellents, gels, creams or ointments to relieve comezón. It may also be necessary to take an antihistamine to relieve the symptoms in case they get worse.

2. Allergy

Allergy is the second most common cause of the appearance of spots on the legs, which can be red or white, producing a lot of consumption and being full of liquid. This usually happens through contact with plants, animal hair, medicines, food, pollen and even through contact with fabrics or fabric softener.

what to do: the ideal is to identify the cause of the allergy to avoid contact with the allergen. In addition, an antihistamine, such as loratadine or dexchlorpheniramine, can be used to relieve symptoms.

Find out more about allergy treatment.

3. Eczema

Eczema manifests itself as spots all over the body and on the ground on the legs, these can produce much comezón and become inflamed. It is the result of contact with some object or substance that produces an allergic reaction, such as synthetic fabrics, for example.

what to do: it is recommended to consult the dermatologist so that the proper treatment can be started, since eczema does not heal, but you can control yourself by following the medical indications. The treatment that is usually indicated is the use of antiallergics, creams or ointments, such as hydrocortisone, and the use of antibiotics to prevent possible infections.

Find out more about how to identify eczema.

4. Medicines

Some medications, such as ketoprofen and glucosamine, can produce the appearance of red spots on the skin and on the skin in general. In addition, there may be sore throat, chills, fever and blood in the orina. Know what it is for and the dose of ketoprofen

what to do: it is important to contact the doctor who prescribed the medication and inform him about the onset of the reaction so that he can consider the suspension of treatment and can change it for another that does not produce allergy.

5. Keratosis pilaris

Keratosis occurs when there is an excess production of keratin in the skin which evolves to reddened lesions with the appearance of spine that can appear both on the legs and on the whole body. It is more common in people with dry skin and those with allergic diseases, such as asthma or rhinitis.

what to do: it is recommended to consult the dermatologist so that he can indicate the treatment. Keratosis does not heal, but it can be controlled through the use of creams such as Acefen-a.

6. Mycosis

La mycosis is a disease produced by fungi that can manifest itself from the emergence of red spots on the body. These spots are generally large, dry, can flake off and have a swollen appearance. Find out more about the symptoms of mycosis.

what to do: the treatment for mycosis is usually carried out with the use of antifungal drugs, such as ketoconazole, prescribed by the doctor.

7. Poor circulation

Poor circulation occurs when the bleeding fails to pass correctly through veins and arteries, which causes the emergence of some symptoms such as red spots and intense comezón in the legs, cold feet, tingling sensation and more dry skin. See how to recognize other symptoms of poor circulation in feet and legs.

What to do: it is important to follow the indications of the cardiologist or the general practitioner so that the blood circulates correctly and it is possible to alleviate the symptoms, being able to recommend the use of compression measures or medications that help to improve blood circulation, due to which they act on them. vessels of the circulatory system.

Likewise, it is recommended to practice physical activity and have a light diet, low in salt and rich in vitamin C, as this helps to avoid and fight the symptoms of poor circulation.

When to go to the doctor

It is recommended to consult the general physician with the dermatologist when, in addition to the red spots on the leg, other symptoms arise, such as:

  • Red spots all over the body;
  • Pain and irritation;
  • Headache;
  • Intense comezon;
  • Fever;
  • Nausea;
  • bled.

The manifestation of these symptoms can indicate a more serious illness such as rubella or lupus, which is why it is important to see a doctor when the first symptoms appear. Learn more about the diseases that cause red spots on the skin.

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