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Brown spots on shins
Anon_75481 posted:
Hi, I've noticed lately that I have developed irregular brown patches of skin on both my shins that neither itch, hurt, bleed or cause anything other than a negative cosmetic appearance. The area on my left shin has only recently (in the past 4-6 months) become noticeably apparent, while the ones on my right shin have been there for quite some time. I'm a 52 year old male, 185 pounds, 15% bodyfat and in excellent health. I take crestor and niaspan for elevated lipid panel. My fasting glucose has always been right at or slightly above the upper limit of normal. I have a regularly scheduled appointment to see my primary care physician in late April, and am wondering if this should be looked at sooner, or could it simply be more likely a benign process. There is no family history of diabetes, though there is heavy cardiovascular history. Any additional insight would be truly appreciated.

Elizabeth_WebMD_Staff responded:
Hello and Welcome -

This slideshow, Adult Skin Problems, may offer some idea of what's going on.

Unfortunately, without an exam it is difficult to guess what's going on. For piece of mind, please call and ask your primary care physician to take a look.

Please let us know what you find out.

Hoping you find answers soon,
rudiross replied to Elizabeth_WebMD_Staff's response:
Elizabeth, thank you for your reply. Unfortunately, none of the 19 slides in the slide show came close to what my skin patches look like. The closest images I have found all seem to be associated with diabetic dermopathy, even though I am not diabetic. I will certainly discuss this with my MD in April, but I was just hoping for another possible cause other than diabetes.

Best regards,
evanstyles replied to rudiross's response:
Just curious to know if you have found any more information about your patches. What you are describing is the same thing that I have on my shins. It started on one leg then a month or two later showed up on the other. You described the symptoms to the T, and I haven't been able to find any answers online, or from my doctor as to what it is.
rudiross replied to evanstyles's response:
evanstyles, through research and speaking with several of my doctors, I have come to learn that these patches are "hemosiderin staining", and is a benign process. Trace amounts of blood are forced through tissue on the thin skin of the shin area, and the results are this brown appearance. I've stopped worrying about mine since learning of this, and will just have to deal with the way it looks.

Best regards,
Elizabeth_WebMD_Staff replied to rudiross's response:
Hi rudiross -

Thank you so much for checking back in. Sharing this information and your experience helps others in our communities.

Take Care,

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