Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

What's Causing the Itchy Rash on My Legs?

Friday, 25 June 2010 09:58 AM

Question: I have been getting small, itchy bumps on my lower legs for 10 months. Often, they look like they have burst open and have a scab on the outer edge, but if they are in a group, they just look like pimples.
I can go a day or two with no itching. The bumps may flatten down, but they never go away. What could this be? I do not wear jewelry and only use organic products on my skin. I only eat organic foods, use a shower filter, wear cotton clothing, and use a sauna at least once a week. Right now I’m trying a parasite cleanse but I have also done colon and liver cleanses. I also get what looks like eczema on the arch of my feet.

Dr. Hibberd's Answer:

Recurrent itchy rash on your legs strongly suggests a rash caused by an allergy. In Southern parts of the United States, fire ant bites will also present in this fashion, often leaving a small ulcerated crater for 2-3 weeks before disappearing. A skin infestation with scabies must also be considered, especially if these bumps seem to have a linear appearance.

This is easily treated with topical agent. I doubt your jewelry is causing this. Colon and liver cleanses have no place in your general health management or in the management of any skin condition. Sometimes the sauna can be a source of recurrent skin infection with the "staph" bacteria, but these lesions are not itchy.

The condition on your feet may be simply athlete’s foot (skin fungal) or any one of several types of eczema. Like most skin conditions, a picture speaks a thousand words. A more specific suggestion is not really possible without seeing your lesions.

See your doctor for an accurate diagnosis. If in doubt, a scraping or sample of skin will assist in diagnosis. Rarely, recurrent rashes are symptoms of underlying medical conditions, infection, and malignancies, so do not self-treat without professional guidance.

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