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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Ankle Redness

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

  1. 1.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
  2. 2.Non - Specific Ankle Rash

    A rash is an area of irritated or swollen skin. Often, rashes are unidentifiable and some variation of normal. For example, scratching one's arm causes it to turn red (which is caused by mast cells releasing chemicals into the local area), but that's completely normal.

    1-2 days

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    ankle redness
    Symptoms that always occur with non-specific ankle rash:
    ankle redness
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  3. 3.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
  4. 4.Cellulitis

    Facial cellulitis is a skin infection that typically comes from other parts of the face like the mouth or the sinuses and needs antibiotic treatment. Symptoms can be pain, redness, warmth and swelling of the affected area.

    Dependent on severity of infection

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    fever, chills, facial redness, swollen face, face pain
    Symptoms that always occur with cellulitis:
    facial redness, area of skin redness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  5. 5.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
  6. 6.Necrotizing Fasciitis of the Leg

    Necrotizing fasciitis is a potentially life threatening skin condition stemming from the infection of a wound or injury. If left untreated, it can spread to body parts surrounding the infection changing the color of the skin and degrading the tissue underneath. This can result in muscle, tissue or limb loss and a severe body-wide response to the infection.

    1-6 weeks.

    Rarity:
    Ultra rare
    Top Symptoms:
    nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, fever, chills
    Symptoms that always occur with necrotizing fasciitis of the leg:
    leg skin changes
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  7. 7.Gout

    Gout is a form of arthritis that causes sudden pain, stiffness, and swelling in a joint. The big toe is often affected.

    With proper medical attention, relief is possible within the first 24 hours of treatment.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    swollen toes
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  8. 8.Deep Vein Thrombosis

    Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot that forms in a vein deep in the body. Most deep vein clots occur in the lower leg or thigh.

    Curable with medication or surgery but may recur.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    fever, thigh pain, upper leg swelling, calf pain, butt pain
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Ankle Redness

  • Q.Do you have a rash?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Did you possibly brush into poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac?
  • Q.Is the red area flaky and rough to the touch?

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Ankle Redness Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced ankle redness have also experienced:

    • 12% Lower Leg Redness
    • 10% Swollen Ankle
    • 9% Foot Redness
  • People who have experienced ankle redness had symptoms persist for:

    • 30% Less Than a Week
    • 27% Over a Month
    • 24% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced ankle redness were most often matched with:

    • 66% Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)
    • 33% 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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