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Question: Constant "Purple Legs" from thighs down to ankles

 punkyspunk - Tue Jun 22, 2010 8:56 pm

I don't know why...but as long as I can remember, I've had what I can only think of calling "purple legs." My veins are VERY noticeable. I thought getting a tan would didn't. It's pretty embarrassing. I mean...I work out. I Rollerblade almost every night.

Recently I took up Hot Yoga and I've noticed that when I come out of legs are a normal tan color! Then after about half an hour, they go back to splotchy purple. Does this have something to do with circulation? I don't feel any pain or numbness or anything. Please help :(
 Dr.M.jagesh kamath - Fri Jul 02, 2010 12:40 pm

User avatar Hello,The possiblity of idiopathic livedo reticularis must be entertained in your case.This is a common condition charecterized by purplish mottling of the skin especially of legs.The cause is not known in the idiopathic types. The types associated with auto immune disorders like lupus,and antiphospolipid syndrome need further evaluation and they are associated with other symptoms.
Cutis marmorata is phsiologic and affects young women.The difference to idopathic rests in change of colour relating to ambient temperature.The idiopathic varity would offer no change.
Assuming it is idopathic varity with no other symptoms no treatment would be necessary.The confirmation which is mostly is obvious, yet would rest with your physician.
Best wishes.

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