What To Do For A Rash On Your Ankles




Having a rash on your ankle is more common than you might think. Generally, a rash on ankles involves an eruption of red, itchy patches on the skin around the ankles. There are many causes for this type of rash and it could be related to side effects from drugs, diseases, and more.

Possible Causes

There are so many different possible causes of rash on ankles that it is important for doctors to pay attention to all other warning signs, symptoms, and foods or drugs the individual recently ingested. Some possible causes of this type of rash could be contact dermatitis, eczema, heat rash, dry skin, ulcers, nummular eczema, melanoma, measles, Q fever, chickenpox, erythema nodosum, pyoderma gangrenosum, syphilis, bacterial meningitis, and more. Since there are so many potential diagnoses it’s impossible for a doctor to simply look at the ankle rash and immediately know the cause, unless it is obvious that it is chickenpox or measles. 

There are many types of rashes, too, and it is important to have a doctor look at the rash to determine the cause. Sometimes, it’s nothing to be concerned about and other times it is. You may schedule an appointment with a family doctor or your dermatologist to have your ankle rash checked out. Systemic conditions like lupus could be causing the rash while viruses like chicken pox could be at the root of it. Parasites like scabies can also be a cause of a rash in addition to allergies, eczema, and hives. Reactions to foods, chemicals, and other products may also cause ankle rashes. The meningococcal disease may cause a hemorrhagic rash, which is rare but serious and requires immediate medical attention. Because of this it is important to always have a doctor check out any ankle rash you might have to determine the cause and course of treatment. 

Leg Rash Info

There are more signs of leg rashes that you should be aware of. For example, leg rashes that do not heal properly or that recur could be a sign of a chronic disease like diabetes. If your ankle rash is recurrent or never completely heals then you will want to share this information with your doctor. 

Some women with ankle rashes may have dermatomyositis, which is related to breast cancer and requires immediate attention. Another cause of rash could be Dengue fever, which is a viral infection from mosquitoes. If you have been in areas that have Dengue, such as Africa, South America, and other areas, then you will need to share this information with your doctor. 

There are so many reasons and causes of ankle rashes that it is impossible to make a diagnosis without a full physical to check for any other signs or symptoms of various illnesses. A rash could be nothing more than a rash that will go away on its own in a few days. Or, it could be the sign of a serious illness that requires immediate attention.

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4 Responses to “What to do for a rash on your ankles”
  1. Karla Says:

    I have had a rash on my angle for over a year. I have put steroid cream and other types of creams. Some of these make it better, but it doesn’t heal completely. I went to my family doctor. He didn’t seem to concerned about it. Although that was only after I had it for a short time.

  2. Mike Griffey Says:

    I have a bright red rash on both ankles that occurred two or three days ago. I was walking in the heat yesterday with low cut socks and running shoes and my ankles began to slightly burn and itch. I did not scratch them. Came home and showered and put baby powder on ankles and this stopped the this stopped the burn and itching. This morning my ankles are more red. Before bed, I sprayed aloe Vera spray on my ankles that I use after sunburning, my left ankle is affected more than the right, but does not appear to be spreading. My ankles are not burning or itching this morning.

  3. Mike Griffey Says:

    I have a bright red rash on both ankles that occurred two or three days ago. I was walking in the heat yesterday with low cut socks and running shoes and my ankles began to slightly burn and itch. I did not scratch them. Came home and showered and put baby powder on ankles and this stopped the burn and itching. This morning my ankles are more red. Before bed, I sprayed aloe Vera spray on my ankles that I use after sunburning, my left ankle is affected more than the right, but does not appear to be spreading. My ankles are not burning or itching this morning.

  4. Raj Says:

    Long back i had some itching around feet, and i poured some dettol on it. After that it went off with some burnt spot… But then it started increasing… Now, it has spreaded around Ankles and also it is coming upwards. I have contacted few doctrs and they say there is no solution and it wil go off by itself. however, ithas been more than 3 years and it has not gone and keep on increasing. Can anyone help/suggest?

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