Posted by: Pieter | 2017/08/22


Dark red spots on legs.

Hello there. A few months ago(during summer) I noticed some red spots on my left ankle. It looked similar to mosquito bites, but gradually became very dark. I took it for heat rash because of my socks. Then a while ago, the same thing happened on my right leg, but higher up. This time only one. It started as a very small spot, light pinkish in colour. It gradually grew to the point where it is now about 2cm in diameter and very dark red with an almost purple center. I have very fair skin and rarely goes in the sun.

Expert's Reply


Cancer expert
- 2017/08/23

Dear Pieter, thank you for your enquiry. Anything different on one’s skin must be seen toe, especially when the patches on the skin changes colour. There are a variety of possible skin conditions that could appear as described by you. Skin problems are often very difficult to diagnose and it usually takes a well experienced dermatologist (skin doctor) to make a diagnosis – very often only after  biopsy. I would like to suggest that you consult a dermatologist without delay so that an accurate diagnosis can be made and the correct treatment commenced with (MCH).

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