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Swelling and red inflammed Blisters calves to ankels
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Swelling and red inflammed Blisters calves to ankels

Hello Doctor:My mother has a severe reddish rash along with swelling,and clear blisters like a 2nd degree burn developing on her legs from her calves to ankels.The area is getting very hard and swollen.She DOES NOT HAVE DIABETIES,the doctors have been giving her Diaretics to eliminate water retention in the skin,but not helping,only causing frequent urination,also they have suggested elevating her legs ,but this is also not helping,and recommended skin creams also not effective.It really does look like a severe sun burn,and is increasing in size,skin is not itchy,but also looks and feels dry,she is 67 yrs old,about 5Ft.4" tall and probably atleast 50 lbs. overweight.She also has a thyroid problem,and they feel her lymp glands could be affecting her.The blistering condition and swelling has been constant for over 3-4 months please help,she almost can't walk any more.Thanks for your Time.Take Care
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The most common rash in the locations you describe is called stasis dermatitis, a kind of eczema related to circulation.  Topical cortisone creams work best.  However, you also mention water blisters.  This raises the possibility of infection. If your doctors haven't already done so, they might consider taking a bacterial culture and prescribing antibiotics against staph germs.

Either or both of these problems are not related to diabetes necessarily.  They are quite treatable.  I'd look to rule out infection right away though, unless that's already been done.

Best.

Dr. Rockoff
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