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Dark purple patches on my legs?

After I was diagnosed I started getting dark red/purpleish patches on the lower front of my legs. It looks worse in the morning when I wake up. As I get moving around (walking) the darkness lightens. Can sometime tell me what this might be? Should I be concerned? Is there a way to clear it up?
Hi Firerose,
Don't know if you received an answer to your question or not and I'm not an expert but I thought you may have some type of Vasculitis. Vasculitis is an inflammation of the blood vessels. I had purple spots on the tips of my toes this past winter and my feet were always freezing and felt icy cold. It would come and go from day to day and at one point got really bad and my feet started to look like they were getting black. I got really scared. My doc said she thought it was vasculitis and sent me to a specialist(vascular surgery). Well while I was waiting to get in to see the specialist which took about a month my feet started getting better. By this time it was spring and I was increasing my exercise more by going outside. He wanted me to take more tests but I didn't because my feet have completely healed. I'm a type 2 and have lost lots of weight and my numbers have been really great. But if it comes back again I will deffinately go back to the specalist and have the tests done. I suggest you see a specialist. For more info go to

Good luck jo
There is an herb called "Butchersbroom" that is supposed to be good for this sortof problem. I took it at age 19 when I was 1st diagnosed. I just took it for circulation but I had no side effects from it. With herbs always look for a standardized formula.

As you are probably aware amputation is a complication of diabetes. So what you see could be very serious particularly if untreated. I would see a doctor immediately!

I think the previous post by jrogahn is dead on target. Exercise and diet could help you avoid serious problems. Her treatment is most important because if you have clogged arteries one place you may have others that could cause stroke or heart attack. jrogahn approach treats all the CVD complications, stroke, heart attack and amputation. jrogahn is strengthening her heart and reducing BGs which will lower inflamation both serious diabetic complications. Her weight loss/fat loss is super and will reduce her insulin resistance according to recent studies.

Please see a doctor immediately.


Hi Suz,
There is a diabetes-related skin condition called Necrobiosis Lipoidica Diabeticorum that appears as reddish-brown areas on the lower leg. If that is what you have, your doctor may suggest a steroid cream and have you bandage it. Aspirin helps sometimes too. There is no way to diagnose you over the internet, so see your doctor soon to be sure that it isn't something that requires immediate attention.
Janis Roszler, RD, CDE,LD/N
Janis, does this ever appear on the upper arms?

I found some purplish, reddish splotches on my left forearm and a similar smaller patch on my right forearm, both in the same area on both arms and wondered what it was.

it started out a little raised and itched just slightly, but it is now flush with the skin and has turned dark brown....almost looks like a birth mark? Have never figured it out and didn't want to go to a dermatologist...worried they might want to take a biopsy. Don't have the money for it now. The splotches have not gone away and they don't bother me.

Was wondering if this was diabetes related?
Hi losetogain,
Yes it can appear on the upper arm. It isn't as common, but these patches can develop on the scalp, face, arms and body. I can't tell you if that is what you have, so next time you are at the doctor, you should probably mention it.
Janis Roszler, RD, CDE, LD/N
Janis and others thank you so much for your input. I see my Dr. soon so I will inquire.

This is interesting. About a month ago I had one bright purple spot on my lower arm. I had not ever seen anything like it before and was concerned about it. I happened to have an appointment with my primary care physician. He noticed it right away and said to keep an eye on it and if it got worse or didn't go away in a couple days to let him know. In a couple days it had disappeared. I haven't had any more purple spots since. But could it be the same condition you are talking about, could it come back?? Should I even be concerned at all?


Terry Lee
Hi Terry Lee,
As far as I know, it could come back but isn't a problem unless the skin opens and becomes infected. If it happens again, take your doctor's advice and keep an eye on it. If it doesn't improve on its own or becomes infected, contact your doctor.
Janis Roszler, RD, CDE, LD/N
Diabetes Mellitus Type
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