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Old 06-13-2011, 09:43 AM   #1
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Skin discoloration from old mosquito bites

I am very allergic to mosquito bites, and a few years ago, I got a bunch of them all at once around my ankles & lower legs. They were very swollen & red, hot & itchy and took weeks to go away. The allergic reaction went away, but I was left with purply-red blotches on my skin that never went away. Some are 3-4 inches across or even overlap the ones next to them. They pretty well encircle my whole ankle/lower leg on both legs. They look horrible.

I imagine this is a leftover toxin of some kind that has found a home in my tissues, but it is ugly, and I'm tired of it! Tanning doesn't make it less noticeable, either. Essentially, I can NEVER wear skirts or capri pants without this yucky, blotchy skin showing. I hate wearing hose, but I have to with skirts, or I look like I have some horrible disease.

Does anyone know how to get rid of it (short of going for laser treatments)? Online searches recommend scar treatment cream like Mederma, Vitamin E oil or even lemon juice. Others say to use creams that bleach/lighten the skin, but I'm a bit afraid to try that over such a large area.

Would coconut oil help it? It seems to be a miracle cure for a lot of other things, so I was thinking maybe it might help?

I'm willing to work at this to get rid of these blotches, but I'm hoping for a natural approach--and not too costly. The prospect of spending another summer sweltering in long pants is NOT something I'm looking forward to!
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Old 06-13-2011, 09:49 AM   #2
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If they're not open or infected, maybe try some light skin brushing to improve the blood flow, fluid movement and break down the collagen so new skin can surface?
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Old 06-13-2011, 12:04 PM   #3
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scarring like that is very difficult to change. I really don't think you are going to be satisfied with anything short of some whoppingly expensive treatment like the lasers. you could try hydroquinone as you suggest, but I don't think it will really do much and you have to ABSOLUTELY use high powered sunblock all the time if you do this because even short sun exposure will usually undo all your hard work.

how about some sort of leg makeup? they sell it for people with varicose veins and such. when I was young I used to mix some instant iced tea into hand lotion and found it made a lovely leg tan, which would cover that look up, I bet, but obviously no good if you need to get wet!

good luck. just realize that everyone has something like this. probably the best answer is just to ignore it. I'm sure other people barely notice. we are all very much more conscious of our own bodies than other people are.

if it gets to be too much, I suppose you could tattoo over it!
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Old 06-13-2011, 12:08 PM   #4
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Thanks for the advice. No, Dottie, nothing is open on them. They've been like this for several years. The bites went away; the blotches found a home. Ugh.

AACK! No tattoos!! I might look into the leg makeup, though. Someone else told me about some that lasts for a few days. Might be the best possible option--at least for special occasions.
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Old 06-16-2011, 01:20 AM   #5
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I also am highly allergic to mosquito bites. Mosquitos love me and despite my best efforts, I always get bites on my feet and ankles. I, too, was left with ugly purplish splotches from my last round of bites. My dermatologist recommended that I daub on Retin A (I use the generic version Trentoin). I thought she was nuts, but she was correct. The splotches faded substancially. Retin A and Trentoin are prescription medications, so it will require a doctor's visit. Sometimes it is covered by insurance, although often it isn't. Good luck.
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Old 06-20-2011, 11:36 AM   #6
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I used to have those but over time they did get better. And the scars I still have I don't worry about. I wear shorts and skirts anyway, hardly ever wear hose. I am sure they look much worse to you then others.
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Old 06-24-2011, 12:17 PM   #7
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I have long-lasting purple marks on my legs, too. Not so many as you mention, but I'm sure aware of them.

I dab coconut oil on them and they have lightened a little over the years. I finally just gave in and began wearing shorts anyway. Everyone has their cosmetic flaws. If someone doesn't like my legs, they can jolly well look elsewhere!
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Old 06-29-2011, 01:41 PM   #8
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Purple Scars

I love the outdoors
Those damn mosquito's me

I have those purple scars too, nothing I found has worked for me, and only with time did they disappear My dermatologist said not to scratch the bites, and there was nothing she could give me for them

Now instead of purple, I have small white dots

Try to apply some eucalyptus oil mixed with water spray before going outside. Mosquito's don't like it

The best thing I found is when I do get a bite, I immediately take stick deodorant and rubbed it on the bite It stopped the itching fast, and the bite didn't seem to swell as much It works on a spider bite too!

This is what worked for me Unfortunately nothing for the purple marks
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Old 07-12-2011, 06:43 AM   #9
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2nd the rec for hydroquinolone & religious sunblock afterwards. you can get prescription strength from a doc if the OTC stuff doesn't work. It will take weeks to months to see a difference if it is gonna work.
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Old 06-16-2014, 10:59 AM   #10
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Make the purple mosquito bites disappear

I am super allergic to mosquito bites as well. I have been biten where I ended up in the emergency room, the doctors there had never seen anything like it. I don't scratch or touch them. They start off red and raised then fill up with liquid and as they drain become purple and scar. I had seen a dermatologist and he put me on mometasone furoate cream usp, 0.1% and it did absolutely nothing. Benadryl is a joke. So finally I went to my amazing general practioner, he put me on clobetasol propionate usp, 0.05% and the purple mark disappeared. It makes the bites shrink and heal and the purple marks go away. Hope that works for you.
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