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purple blotchy skin?
Enelyak01 posted:
Hello, I've had this problem since I was a little kid. My skin (mostly on my legs and feet) are almost always purple and blotchy. I don't know what it is. I'm always cold, so I don't know if it's circulation problems or something else. I know last year I had some bloodwork done, and I was slightly anemic...don't know if I still am, or if that's the problem.

What could be the cause of my purple blotchy skin?!
Mary Ruth Buchness, MD responded:
Hi, Enelyak01. You mention that you always feel cold. Does the discoloration look more obvious in cold temperatures? Some people have a condition called "cutis marmorata" which is caused by the blood vessels in the subcutaneous tissue becoming more obvious in cold temperatures. It is not serious, and the solution is to stay warm. I hope this helps.
hhshenanigans responded:
I have the exact same problem. Mine started when I was around 13 years old. It has spread the older I have gotten though. I now have touches of it on the inside of my arms, my stomach, and my hips. I have been to several doctors, and none of them can figure out what it is.

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