Red Burning Rash on Ankles

I've had a reddish rash on my ankles for months. It doesn't itch, but it burns in bed at night. It looks like I've dipped my legs in red dye. Sometimes there are bumps that show up. I've been to a dermatologist and she's given me cortisone cream, but it hasn't helped. Anyone else experiencing this?


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October 4, 20170 found this helpful
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Did your dermatologist explain any diagnosis to you before prescribing the cortisone cream?

  • It certainly seems as though you did not get a full explanation and maybe you could call their office and explain that your prescribed medication is not working so now what?
  • Request a copy of doctor's report showing diagnosis and complete treatment plan. You are entitled to this so if it was not given to you then you can request it.
  • There are many reasons why you could be having this rash and it does not appear your doctor's visit helped you very much so maybe some suggestions of things to try may help.
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  • Vitamin E and vitamin A are helpful in healing skin. You can purchase them as oils and apply directly to the affected area.
  • A combination of turmeric and aloe vera gel provides a soothing, healing topical ointment for ankle rashes. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties to help heal the rash. Aloe vera is soothing to skin.
  • Tea tree oil is a natural anti-microbial thats helpful for rashes caused by bacteria or fungus. Tea tree oil will help eliminate the offending bacteria or fungus, allowing the rash to heal quicker. It is very strong, though, and shouldnt be applied to broken skin.
  • Any one of these may relieve the burning and redness but these may not be "cures".
  • Here is a web site that has a lot of information so please read and decide when or if you need to see another doctor about this problem.
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You do not say if you have diabetes or a rash any other place so be sure to review any other problems with your doctor.

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October 4, 20170 found this helpful

You can try aloe vera lotion.

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October 4, 20170 found this helpful

Try keeping your legs raised up to see if it fights the red. It could be an accumulation of liquid in your ankles. This happened to my aunt.

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October 11, 20170 found this helpful

Red burning ankles.

Step 1
You could have a vein problem called venous reflux you should mention this to the doctor.

Step 2
Do you have diabetes?

Step 3
It could also be nerve damage.

Step 4
You need to see a different kind of doctor not a dermatologist.

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