Golfer's Vasculitis - Red Rash on Ankles and Lower Legs
Do you or someone you know get a red rash on your ankles or area below the knee? If so, this is a very common condition and reaction which is similar to heat rash.
Many people suffer from what's been termed "Golfer's Vasculitis". There really seems to be no cure or real reason for this mysterious rash. When reading articles and hearing Doctor's reports, people are told it's either an allergy or just a rash. The truth is that it happens to many more people than realized.
For me, I know it's NOT contact dermatitis. It's simply a reaction to the heat rising up from the earth or asphalt I am walking on.
I have been dealing with this rash for many years and normally get it more during the hot summer months in Central Florida. Or course, I walk a lot more here because there is so much to do. Many tourists to our city find out they sometimes get this rash when they visit our theme parks. Most people notice it when visiting Disney World and therefore it's been nicknamed, "Disney Rash". However, this rash isn't just prone to pop out on your lower legs just at Disney, but any park and any place you walk that has heat below you. Normally, if you go to the nursing station at any theme park, they will have Caladryl gel, which is a clear thick gel. It instantly feels cool, but the healing process can take well over a week, even if you use this at home later.
This rash that appears on the lower legs, mainly above the sock line, can be spotty and patchy. Sometimes it travels up as far as the knee, as in some of my photos. On the day I took these pictures, I wore long pants to see if the rash would stay away, as I had hoped to block some of the heat coming up from the asphalt I walked on at a local theme park. Regardless of how bad my legs may look or feel, they really are better than if I had worn shorts. For when I wear shorts, the red patches are puffy and more bright red, but closer to the ankles.
It's frustrating getting this rash because I do want to walk and lose some weight. But, when the outcome is a burning, itchy, painful rash, you just don't feel like putting yourself through it.
I hope others will come to my lens and share their tips and helpful information so that others can find some relief.
In the meantime, I will continually pursue looking for other methods that may help and report back here.
This rash does make it difficult to shave the legs because it's worse than razor burn. This is the largest spread of rash that I have had, but as I mentioned above, the cold cream (especially Noxzema) really does help cool down the skin and for me, it seems to help the skin heal faster.
Treating Red Rash on Legs
I have tried using Benadryl spray for the rash, but it doesn't seem to help and is sticky.
The livestrong.com website suggested using cold cream - now, that does help a lot because the cold cream cools down the skin.
Soaking in cold water or putting ice/cold packs on the skin does help cool it down too. Yes, the skin is hot everywhere it's red.
Caladryl gel put on before I take long walks has helped a little, but doesn't keep the rash from appearing. I also use it after and sometimes bring it with me, if I plan to be out for several hours walking around.
Another picture of the other leg rash
The photo is hard to see, but on this leg I did get a little bit of swelling under the rash.
These rashes are really a form of heat rash.
Yes, it burns and itches at the same time. I try to keep my legs elevated or go straight to bed. I have not been told that I have poor circulation, so it's merely a bad case of heat rash.
I hope that this lens will help others out there to know what they are dealing with and save you time and maybe money but having it treated appropriately.
The "Disney Rash"
This leg and ankle rash is often referred to as "The Disney Rash". It isn't specific to just Walt Disney World. Many people, including myself, get this rash by walking anywhere outside. This means it can pop up by walking in an outdoor shopping area or theme park. It just happens that more people notice this rash while visiting Walt Disney World and think it's somehow related. The only relation is the heat and humidity that Central Florida has.
Many people are told this rash is due to some kind of allergic reaction - I can assure you that I have no allergies and it only happens when it's hot outside and I am walking. Others that suffer from this also claim the same.
- The Disney Rash
Often referred to as the "Disney Rash"
Leg Rash Begins Above Sock Line
This is another shot of Golfer's Vasculitis, just another name for a leg rash that normally begins with heat. Blood vessels in the legs react in the form of a rash that lasts for at least a week.
Caladryl Gel on Amazon - Cooling Gel for Leg Rash
This gel is cooling and relieves the burning sensation from heat rash. May be applied prior to long walks, during and even afterwards for comfort.
Noxema cream to treat the leg rash
Noxema skin cream can actually help cool down the skin and make the rash more tolerable.
The Livestrong website states there are 3 types of leg rashes and they are not uncommon. Apparently, this type of rash was discovered in 2005. I can tell you that I've had this much longer than their findings.
- LiveStrong Website
Leg rashes affect people differently. For more information and images on Golfer's Vasculitis or leg heat rash, check the information on this lens.
Ice Packs on Amazon
Sometimes adding ice or cold packs to the affected rash area helps in calming down the skin. Check out what these Amazon sellers have available.
"Golfer's Vasculitis" also known as Leg Rash
- "Golfer's Vasculitis" is more than just annoying
This is a discussion board on the annoying leg rash.
- Leg Heat Rash - Golfer's Vasculitis
See this article about the lower leg heat rash that effects so many people. But it's the least known problem many doctor's can diagnose.
- Disney Rash to be named "Golfers Vasculitis"
Erroneously called, "The Disney Rash", this lower leg heat rash can show up by walking anywhere that it's hot and humid.
Golfer's Rash / Heat Rash
- Golfer's Rash: Allergic Reaction May Be Heat Related, Not Limited to Golfers
This article talks mostly of golfer's who have dealt with this rash and they suggest immediate attention by a doctor. The only thing I advise if you DO go to the doctor, is to tell them about "golfer's vasculitis". If you don't, you may be treated fo
More information on Golfer's Vasculitis is on this About.com website
Please tell us how you got your rash, where you were and how you treated it.
If anything seems to work, even temporarily until the skin heals - please share it.