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Causes, Types and Treatments of Skin Rashes

Itchy Rash on Legs: Causes and Treatments

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Sometimes itchy rash on legs can be disturbing. The itchiness sometimes can expand into other areas near your legs. And the itchiness may come and go.

Causes of Itchy Rash on Legs

Most common cause for itchy rash on legs is allergic reaction. Perhaps you’re not aware that you have allergic reaction to something. Actually your allergic reaction can develop any time. If it’s allergic reaction, usually you will feel the effect on your skin in the second times you have direct contact with allergen. Even if the small amounts of allergen will give significant effect on your skin.

itchy rash on legsAnother common type for itchy rash on legs is viral infection. Even though chickenpox usually shows up on your legs too, but it’s not included as the most common presentation. One of the itchy rash on legs that is often found is shingles.

Bug bites also can be cause for itchy rash on legs. You should consider this cause if you have red itchy bumps on your legs. Even though you think it’s impossible, but certain insects like mosquitos and several bed bugs have ability to do that. It’s important for you to pay attention to your environment in order to reduce the possibility of getting bug bites.

You probably need to pay attention to your skin conditions. People with dry skin often feel itchy and they may think that there are small bumps on their legs. Even though eczema and psoriasis can appear similar with small itchy bumps on your legs, but they actually will appear in other areas in your body. If you have diabetes and it’s not under control, you may have red itchy bumps on your legs. This is called as vasculitis and it’s uncommon. The red itchy bumps usually appear if there’s a vascular problem. For this matter, you need to ask your doctors to diagnose it.

red itchy rash on legsRash that influences the lower legs is a kind of dermatitis. Sometimes people also label it as eczema. Acute dermatitis appears as red, swollen, and blistered plaques. The chronic version of dermatitis that is often rubbed and scratched will result in darkened (hyperpigmented) and thickened (lichenified) plaques. There are various kinds of dermatitis on lower leg, such as atopic dermatitis, discoid eczema, varicose eczema, gravitational dermatitis, contact dermatitis, lichen simplex, and prurigo nodularis.

Treatments of Skin Rash on Legs

Different skin rash on legs will have different treatments. However, the first thing that you can do to treat your skin rash on legs is by eliminating all allergens. This can be done by changing your shampoo, stop using certain cosmetics, examine your soap choices, and consider if you’ve been exposed to poison ivy.

If your skin rash on legs is caused by virus, vaccine may be the treatment for it. When it comes to shingles, you can take an anti-viral medication to kill the virus and reduce the symptoms. But it depends on your doctors. If bed bugs cause your skin rash on legs, you should eliminate the bugs first. After that you can use soothing and anti-itch creams on your legs to help reducing itchiness.

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