Everyone experiences skin rashes on the legs, at some point in time. But those rashes usually resolve without needing any additional treatment. Mostly the skin rashes are due to the inflammation. On the other hand, some skin rashes are very resistant to treatment and they don’t respond to the homemade remedies or at times are very resistant to the doctor’s treatment to. The purpose of this article is to give you the enough knowledge about different types of leg rashes, causes, symptoms and the treatment, so that you can better understand the nature of your rashes.
What are the symptoms that should alarm you that you are having the rashes? First of all you might notice the appearance of red little bumps on the skin, which might be itchy or may not be itchy at all. The temperature of the affected skin might rise as compared to the normal skin. And the affected skin might become dry or start burning. It is very important to understand that all these symptoms follow the same spectrum of changes seen in the inflammation, which include; pain, redness, swelling and increase temperature. So a careful person who will be aware of this might take few steps to prevent the rashes or halt the ongoing process as compared to the one who will not have any idea about the disease process.
The most common type of skin rashes on the legs is called atopic dermatitis. This skin rash is commonly seen in the people who have other allergies like allergic rhinitis, or any other allergic airway disease. It presents as itchy and scaly rashes, which is mostly seen on the feet and ankle in the children, and in adults it is seen behind the knees. Other skin condition is called panniculitis, which affects the fatty layer beneath the skin surface. It is commonly caused by the exposure to the cold temperatures, injury to the skin, and certain chemicals like steroids, vitamin K or morphine. So to prevent this type of rash one should try to avoid the chemicals as mentioned above.
Discoid Eczema is seen as non itchy oval plaques, capillaritis is the inflammation of the capillaries of the skin and it is caused by the viral infection most commonly. Gravitational Eczema is seen in those who have incompetent valves of the legs along with prolonged standing. Psoriasis is a skin condition in which we have reddish to purplish skin plaques surmounted by the large silvery scales. It is due the t lymphocytes of the person reacting against one’s own skin, the process we call autoimmunity. Common factors which are believed to trigger the T cells are chemicals, alcohol or viral infections.
Common home remedies that are implied by the people are, application of the olive oil, cod liver oil mixed with the vitamin E supplement, baking powder, or the aloe Vera gel. Keeping the affected area dry and clean is equally important. But it is always recommended to see a doctor before you choose to go for any of the home remedies.