Itchy Ankles

Itchy ankles, is an inflammatory condition that develops on the skin on the ankles. The possible cause for the itchy ankles may be due to the presence of a number of mild or severe diseases and disorders. Itchy ankles may affect a small portion or a larger area of single ankle or both the ankles, and it can be a part of a more severe case of itchy ankles which may have affected the feet and legs. Any person can get affected by itchy ankles, including a healthy individual.

Depending on the cause, the severity, and exposure, the extensiveness of itchy ankles tends to differ. The itchiness may or may not exist and may be different in color such as whitish, reddish, silvery, and purplish. Itchy ankles may be lumpy, flat, and scaly. It may also experience peeling of the ankle skin. Additionally, it may occur as tiny spots or the skin anomalies may be severe and extensive.

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The possible causes for Itchy ankles include contact with irritants like poison ivy and other such toxic plants; allergic reactions to allergens like pollen and the like; and presence of certain autoimmune diseases, periphery arterial conditions, infections. etc.

Symptoms of itchy ankles:

Itchy ankles may appear alone or may come up with other symptoms that affect the skin or other parts of the body. The symptoms of itchy ankles differ as per the underlying cause of the condition. For example, if a case of itchy ankles was due to infection or inflammation, then normally it is followed by flu-like symptoms.

The following are some of the symptoms that follow an instance of itchy ankles:

  • The area of affected by itchy ankles may develop blisters and may experience fluid discharge.
  • The affected skin may be unusually cold to touch
  • On the feet or legs, additional rashes associated with itchy ankles may appear
  • The areas that surround itchy ankles may elicit puffy swelling
  • The affected portion of skin may have irritation, inflammation, and reddening.
  • The skin formation texture may alter
  • In itchy ankles, the skin may develop tearing and bleeding
  • The skin may develop flaking and scaling
  • May develop dry and cracked skin
  • May have the sensations of burning and pain
  • May feel itchy

Itchy ankles may come up as an associated sign for some other conditions affecting other parts of the body. The following are some of the associated symptoms:

  • Affected infants may show irritability
  • Numbness in feet and lower legs
  • Fever, cough, headaches, sore throat, pains, body ache, fatigue, and flu-like feeling
  • Sneezing and a runny nose
  • Muscle cramping; lowered blood supply to extremities; cold ears, toes, nose, and fingers; and presence of sores that do not heal easily
  • Unreasonable weight loss
  • Vomiting
  • Reddish eye
  • Swelling and joint pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Depression, anxiety, and stress

Itchy ankles, is indicative and a warning sign about an underlying serious disease. As such one should consult the doctor if any one experiences the following symptoms:

  • Experiencing breathing problems and wheezing
  • Abrupt swelling of face, lips, throat, mouth, and tongue
  • Pinkish discharge in urine
  • A drop in the level of consciousness, experiencing lethargy, and unresponsiveness
  • Tightness of body, abdominal pain and chest pressure
  • Increased heart beat
  • Vomiting of blood
  • Severe headache

Causes of itchy ankles

The following are some of the causes for itchy ankles:

Itchy ankles due to infections:

  • Strep and staph bacterial infections
  • Viral infections of minor nature that affect infants and damage unborn fetuses
  • Rocky Mountain spotted fever
  • Folliculitis infection or inflammation of hair follicles
  • Measles
  • Roseala rash viral infection
  • Chickenpox
  • Ringworm

Autoimmune and inflammatory causes for itchy ankles:

  • An inflammatory condition of Erythema nodosum
  • Dry skin caused Discoid eczema
  • Skin affecting autoimmune disease, Cutaneous lupus
  • Psoriasis
  • Inflammatory disorder of blood vessels, such as Vasculitis.

Allergic causes of Itchy ankles:

  • Contact with irritants such as poison oak, poison ivy, etc. causing irritant contact dermatitis
  • Contact with allergens like perfumed body cream, causing allergic contact dermatitis.
  • Allergic purpura
  • Negative reaction to medications
  • Atopic dermatitis

Parasite or insect causes for itchy ankles:

  • Bites by mosquitoes and bed bugs
  • Infection by mites that are parasitic and cause scabies
  • Ticks/fleas bites
  • Body lice infection

Other causes of itchy ankles:

  • Prolonged exercising in hot water causes Golfer’s vasculitis that affects lower ankle/legs.
  • Heat rash
  • Methamphetamine abuse
  • Venous eczema
  • Varicose veins
  • Anxiety and Stress

Life threatening causes of itchy ankles:

  • A deadly allergic reaction called Anaphylaxis
  • An extreme drug reaction that causes loss of skin and mucous membranes known as Toxic epidermal necrolysis
  • A kind of allergic reaction called Erythema multiforme

Treatment of itchy ankles

First of all the cause and the type of itchy ankles is diagnosed and then the treatment is carried out as warranted by the preexisting conditions. Here are some ways to treat the condition

  1. Apply Calaydrl, it is a calamine lotion that can be soothing to the skin and reduce irritation. You can apply the calamine lotion twice a day.
  2. Any moisturizing lotion that contains menthol is good to treat itchy ankles.
  3. Apply ice pack on the affected areas.  The cold pack can reduce inflammation quickly and stop the itching.  You can also use Epsom salts to reduce the itching.
  4. A herbal remedy to treat itchy ankles is applying a concoction of oats and ginger juice.  You  can take a peeled ginger root and a cup of raw oats and mix them in a blender, till you get a paste, which you can apply on the affected area.
  5. You can also go to a certified dermatologist who will diagnose the condition a prescribed line of treatment.  For treatment of a mild case of itchy ankles, he or she may give antihistamine pills and for conditions like eczema or psoriasis, corticosteroids may be given.
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