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dark spots on legs

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 27, 2007
  • 06:45 PM

For a number of years now, I have been getting dark patches on the shin area of my legs and ankles. I first noticed small red spots which eventually turned brown and remained. The skin does not itch and has no different feel to it; it's just spotted. The largest spot is approximately 3" long by 1-1/2" wide.

I have seen a dermatologist who didn't seem to know the cause. He prescribed some creams which didn't have any affect on the progression of these spots. He also told me the brown patches remaining on the skin were sort of "tatoos" on the skin from the iron in my blood.

I am a 64-year-old female and maybe this is another fact of aging. I had Scarlet Fever when I was a small child and I'm wondering if this may be a factor in these spots.

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  • I have this too and have had it for about 20 years. I am 45 and had test done, but no one seems to know what it is. It is not from diabetes. I was told by the dermatologist that it was a build up of iron. I am sometimes anemic. sometimes the spots get lighter. I also thought it may be bruising from the way that I sleep. ( with my feet on my legs while lying on my side)It's gotten really ugly and I am very ashamed of them.
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    • February 2, 2007
    • 06:37 PM
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