What other symptoms might occur with a leg rash?

A leg rash can occur by itself or with other symptoms that affect the skin and possibly other areas of the body. Symptoms vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. For example, you may have flu-like symptoms if the leg rash is due to infection or inflammation. Some coexisting symptoms, such as anxiety and irritability, may be due to the underlying condition, or they may be caused by constant itching of the leg rash.  

Skin symptoms that may occur with a leg rash

A leg rash may occur with other skin-related symptoms including:

  • Bleeding (from broken skin)

  • Blistering and possibly oozing of discharge from the rash or surrounding skin

  • Burning or pain

  • Change in skin texture

  • Cracked skin

  • Dry skin

  • Itching

  • Redness, irritation or inflammation

  • Scaling, flaking or peeling skin

  • Skin that is unusually cold to the touch, possibly a sign of peripheral artery disease

  • Swelling or puffiness around the rash

Other symptoms that may occur with a leg rash

In some cases, a leg rash may occur with symptoms that are related to other areas of the body including:

  • Decreased appetite

  • Flu-like symptoms (fatigue, fever, sore throat, headache, cough, aches and pains)

  • Irritability in infants and children

  • Joint pain or achiness and swelling

  • Numbness or burning in the lower legs and feet

  • Red eyes

  • Sneezing and runny nose

  • Stress, anxiety or depression

  • Symptoms of poor blood flow to the extremities (sores that do not heal, cold extremities, and muscle cramping)

  • Unexplained weight loss

  • Vomiting

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, a leg rash may occur with other symptoms that might indicate a serious or life-threatening condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these life-threatening symptoms including:

  • Bloody stools or urine that is bloody, red or pink

  • Chest pain, pressure or tightness

  • Difficulty breathing, wheezing, or shortness of breath

  • Fainting or change in level of consciousness

  • High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)

  • Rapid pulse

  • Severe headache or abdominal pain

  • Sudden swelling of the mouth, lips, tongue, face, or throat

  • Vomiting blood

What is a leg rash?

A leg rash is an inflammatory reaction of the skin on the legs that may extend to the feet. Leg rashes can be caused by a wide variety of mild to serious diseases, disorders and conditions. Leg rashes can affect a small to large area of one or both legs and can occur in all age groups and populations.

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What causes a leg rash?

Leg rashes can be caused by a wide variety of diseases and conditions, such as infection, inflammation, allergic reaction, parasite and insect bites, and autoimmune processes. For example, an acute leg rash that appears suddenly may be caused by an allergic reaction or sensitivity to a particular substance, such as poison ivy, hair waxing or shaving, or an insect bite.

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Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Aug 5, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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