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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Lower Leg Redness

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

  1. 1.Irritant Contact Dermatitis

    Contact dermatitis is a condition in which the skin becomes red, sore, or inflamed after direct contact with a substance. This condition most often affects skin of the hands, and may occur after repeated and prolonged exposure to substances such as water, detergents (soaps, bleach), solvents (such as gasoline), acids, powders, dust, and soil. The onset of the skin reaction is usually within 48 hours of coming in contact with the substance.

    1-2 days.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    rash with well-defined border, itchy rash, red or pink, rough patch of skin, painful rash, red rash
    Symptoms that always occur with irritant contact dermatitis:
    rash with well-defined border
    Symptoms that never occur with irritant contact dermatitis:
    fever, black-colored skin changes, brown-colored skin changes, blue-colored skin changes
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  2. 2.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
  3. 3.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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  4. 4.Squamous Cell Carcinoma

    Squamous cells are the small, flat skin cells in the outer layer of the skin. Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) a type of skin cancer that usually appears as a tiny, painless bump or patch. The most common spots for this cancer are the head (including scalp, lips, ears, and mouth), legs, and the backs of the hands and the arms.

    In most cases, excellent prognosis, and 95-98% of SCCs can be cured if treated early.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    worsening face redness, rough skin on the face, scabbed area of the face
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Solar (Actinic) Keratosis

    Actinic keratosis, also known as solar keratosis, is the most common skin condition caused by sun damage over many years. It appears as small, rough, raised growths that may be hard and warty.

    May go away on its own within a year. Use sunscreen to prevent these if you spend a lot of time outside.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    unchanged face redness, rough skin on the face, thickened skin with a well-defined border
    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

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Lower Leg Redness

  • Q.Is the red area flaky and rough to the touch?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Did your symptoms start after you were exposed to nickel (commonly found in jean snaps, metal pens, paper clips, cigarettes, etc.)?
  • Q.Did you possibly brush into poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac?

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Lower Leg Redness Symptom Checker Statistics

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

    • 14% Swollen Lower Leg
    • 12% Lower Leg Pain
    • 7% Lower Leg Itch
  • People who have experienced lower leg redness had symptoms persist for:

    • 30% Over a Month
    • 30% Less Than a Week
    • 25% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced lower leg redness were most often matched with:

    • 66% Cellulitis
    • 16% Irritant Contact Dermatitis
    • 16% 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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