Ankle Rash

All About Ankle Rash

For someone who has never had an ankle rash, they might not understand just how annoying this condition can be.  Like most rashes, ankle rashes can be very itchy.  While scratching is not good for any rash, being unable to get to the spot that itches because of socks or boots can be extremely frustrating.

There are many possible causes for ankle rash including dermatitis as a result of contact with poison ivy or heat rash. The rash can also be related to a more serious disease, such as diabetes or kidney disease.

Of course, there is no need to panic at the first sign of a rash, but you should monitor the rash closely and see your doctor if the rash doesn’t clear up quickly.  The treatment for most such rashes is a topical cream. If the rash continues even after treatment, your doctor will very likely want to run some tests to rule out underlying conditions and/or causes.

Cellulitis is another condition that can cause an ankle rash.  This is an infection in the leg tissue and must be treated by a physician. Because cellulitis has the potential to cause other medical issues, it is a good idea to go the doctor as soon as you notice an ankle rash.

Again, panic is not necessary, but it is always better to err on the side of caution. If the rash is nothing, the doctor will simply send you home with some topical cream. If it is something more serious, however, that trip to the doctor very well could save your life.

There is no way for the doctor to effectively diagnose the cause of your rash over the phone. You will need to be seen in his office. You should bring a list of any medication that you are taking and also make note of anything that might be of significance, such as a recent illness or a place that you could have been where you may have stumbled upon some poison ivy.

While an ankle rash is not often cause for alarm, a rash that will not clear up is concerning. It could be indicative of diabetes and should not be ignored. Once you have been to the doctor and have followed his treatment plan, you need to make another appointment once the recommended time has passed and you are not showing improvement.

If your ankle rash is related to circulation issues, this is something that will need to be addresses as soon as possible. 

Another common cause of ankle rash is prescription medication. There are some medicines that may have rashes of various types as a side effect. If you are taking medication and notice an ankle rash, call your pharmacist to see if that is one of the side effects.

He may have some advice about treatment and about how serious of a side effect that may be. He might suggest you make an appointment with your doctor in the next few days, or he might even suggest that you head to the emergency room.

Ankle rash itself is not a huge problem, but if it represents an underlying medical condition, it could be serious and should not be ignored.