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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Ankle Itch

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced ankle itch. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)

    Eczema is a form of skin inflammation that causes skin to be dry, itchy, red, and irritated.

    This is a long-term, recurring condition but symptoms are manageable with care.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    trouble sleeping, feeling itchy or tingling all over, dry skin, scalp itchiness, flexor surface rash
    Symptoms that never occur with eczema (atopic dermatitis):
    fever
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit
  2. 2.Insect Bite From a Chigger

    Chiggers are mites that feed on humans and animals only while they are larvae, or their infant form. People can contract chiggers when they contact infected grass. Chiggers feed for three to four days on a piece of skin, and secrete a fluid that causes intense itching.

    Once treated, the pain and inflammation should go away within days. Sometimes, itching may persist for several weeks due to what is called a delayed sensitivity reaction.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    lower leg itch, lower leg redness, knee itch, ankle itch, ankle redness
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit
  3. 3.Allergic Contact Dermatitis of the Ankle

    Allergic contact dermatitis is a condition in which the skin becomes irritated and inflamed following physical contact with an allergen. Common products known to cause allergic dermatitis include plants, metals, soap, fragrance, and cosmetics.

    1-2 days

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    ankle redness, ankle itch, scabbed area of the ankle
    Symptoms that always occur with allergic contact dermatitis of the ankle:
    ankle redness
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  4. 4.Dermatofibroma

    Dermatofibroma (superficial benign fibrous histiocytoma) is a common cutaneous nodule of unknown etiology that occurs more often in women. Dermatofibroma frequently develops on the extremities (mostly the lower legs) and is usually asymptomatic, although pruritus and tenderness can be present

    Resolves with treatment

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    small facial lump, pink or red facial bump, face itch, skin-colored facial bump, painful facial bump
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch

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  5. 5.Type 2 Diabetes

    Diabetes causes that blood glucose (blood sugar) levels to become high. With Type II Diabetes, the more common type, the body does not make or use insulin efficiently. Insulin is necessary to metabolize glucose.

    Type II Diabetes is a life-long condition but can be well managed.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, increased appetite compared to normal, vision changes, feeling itchy or tingling all over, excesive thirst
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  6. 6.Allergic Reaction to Poison Ivy / Oak / Sumac

    Plants of the Toxicodendron genus are found throughout the continental United States, and exposure to these plants is a leading cause of contact dermititis, a medical term used to describe irritation and itching of the skin.

    With treatment, symptoms should resolve from a few days to two weeks.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    rash, itchy rash, red rash, skin changes on arm, stinging or burning rash
    Symptoms that always occur with allergic reaction to poison ivy/oak/sumac:
    itchy rash, rash
    Symptoms that never occur with allergic reaction to poison ivy/oak/sumac:
    fever
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  7. 7.Ringworm (Tinea Corporis)

    Tinea Corporis is a common fungal infection of the skin. This rash is sometimes called "ringworm" and results in ring-shaped redness that is often itchy.

    With treatment, the rash should resolve within 2-3 weeks

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    dry skin, rash, red rash, itchy rash, curved rash
    Symptoms that never occur with ringworm (tinea corporis):
    groin skin changes, fever, scrotal itch, groin itch, facial skin changes, hand skin changes, genital skin changes
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  8. 8.Seborrheic Dermatitis

    Seborrheic dermatitis is a common chronic inflammatory skin condition that causes flaky, white to yellowish scales to form on oily areas such as the scalp, face or inside the ear. It can occur with or without reddened skin. The exact cause of this condition is not known, although doctors think that some common skin yeast organisms, called Malassezia, may play a role in some people.

    Weeks to months with treatment.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    itchy rash, red or pink, rough patch of skin, rash with well-defined border, scalp skin changes, cheek skin changes
    Symptoms that never occur with seborrheic dermatitis:
    fever
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Ankle Itch

  • Q.Did you possibly brush into poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Do you have a rash?
  • Q.Do you have skin changes anywhere that skin touches or rubs other skin (such as the back of the knee, inside of the elbow or wrist, or the armpit)?

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Ankle Itch Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced ankle itch have also experienced:

    • 19% Lower Leg Itch
    • 8% Upper Leg Itch
    • 8% Foot / Toe Itch
  • People who have experienced ankle itch had symptoms persist for:

    • 29% Over a Month
    • 27% Less Than a Week
    • 23% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced ankle itch were most often matched with:

    • 40% Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)
    • 40% Insect Bite From a Chigger
    • 20% Allergic Contact Dermatitis of the Ankle
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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