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3 Potential Lower Leg Itch Causes

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

  1. 1.Allergic Contact Dermatitis of the Lower Leg

    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:
    lower leg redness, lower leg itch, scabbed area of the lower leg
    Symptoms that always occur with allergic contact dermatitis of the lower leg:
    lower leg redness
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  2. 2.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:
    lower leg itch, skin colored mass on lower leg, painful lower leg lump, marble-size lower leg lump, small lower leg lump
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  3. 3.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

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Lower Leg Itch

  • Q.Do you have trouble sleeping?
  • Q.The itchiness affects:
  • Q.Are your symptoms worse during the late afternoon or night?
  • Q.Do your symptoms get worse at rest?

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Lower Leg Itch Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced lower leg itch have also experienced:

    • 10% Upper Leg Itch
    • 6% Leg Skin Changes
    • 5% Lower Leg Redness
  • People who have experienced lower leg itch had symptoms persist for:

    • 37% Over a Month
    • 25% Less Than a Day
    • 19% Less Than a Week
  • People who have experienced lower leg itch were most often matched with:

    • 26% Dermatofibroma
    • 22% Insect Bite From a Chigger
    • 14% Allergic Contact Dermatitis of the Lower Leg
  • 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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