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Leg sores can arise from trauma, infection, tumors, or chronic medical conditions. Any process of inflammation or tissue damage can manifest as a sore on the leg. Leg sores may affect primarily the skin or can extend into the subcutaneous tissues, muscles, bone, and deeper structures of the leg. Common causes of leg sores include insect bites and stings, cuts and abrasions, and skin infections.

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REFERENCE:

Fauci, Anthony S., et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine. 17th ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Professional, 2008.

Causes of Leg Sores
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      • What causes boils to form?
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      Bug Bites and Stings Article
      • Bug bites and stings facts*
      • Bug bites and stings introduction
      • What can I do to keep insects away?
      • What's the proper way to use insect repellent?
      • What's the best way to remove a bee stinger?
      • What should I do if I find a tick on me or my child?
      • What can be done for itching and pain from bites and stings?
      • When is medical attention needed?
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      • Introduction to burns
      • How are burns classified?
      • What is the significance of the amount of body area burned?
      • How important is the location of a burn?
      • What about electrical burns?
      • What about chemical burns?
      • First aid for burns
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      • Cuts, scrapes (abrasions), and puncture wounds facts
      • What is the best first aid for a cut or scrape?
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      • Diabetes facts
      • What is diabetes?
      • What is the impact of diabetes?
      • What causes diabetes?
      • What are the different types of diabetes?
      • Type 1 diabetes
      • Type 2 diabetes
      • Other types of diabetes
      • What are diabetes symptoms?
      • How is diabetes diagnosed?
      • Why is blood sugar checked at home?
      • What are the acute complications of diabetes?
      • What are the chronic complications of diabetes?
      • What can be done to slow diabetes complications?
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      • Eczema facts
      • What is eczema?
      • Are there different types of eczema? What causes eczema?
      • What are eczema symptoms and signs?
      • How is eczema diagnosed?
      • What is the treatment for eczema?
      • What are home remedies for eczema?
      • Does diet affect eczema?
      • Is there a cure for eczema?
      • Is eczema contagious?
      • What is the prognosis of eczema?
      • Is it possible to prevent eczema?
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      • Folliculitis facts
      • What is folliculitis? What are folliculitis symptoms and signs? What does folliculitis look like?
      • Who develops folliculitis?
      • What are the causes of folliculitis?
      • How is folliculitis diagnosed?
      • What else could folliculitis look like?
      • What are common types of folliculitis?
      • What is hot tub folliculitis or Jacuzzi folliculitis?
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      • What is pseudofolliculitis barbae?
      • Is folliculitis curable? Is folliculitis contagious?
      • What are possible complications of folliculitis?
      • How is folliculitis treated?
      • What is the prognosis (outlook) with folliculitis?
      • How do I prevent folliculitis?
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      Impetigo Article
      • Impetigo facts
      • What is impetigo? What causes impetigo?
      • What are the types of impetigo, and what are impetigo symptoms and signs? What does impetigo look like?
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      • What is the treatment for impetigo?
      • What are possible complications of impetigo?
      • Will impetigo leave scars?
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      Melanoma Article
      • Melanoma facts
      • Introduction
      • What does melanoma look like? What are the symptoms and signs?
      • What if the skin changes are rapid or dramatic?
      • What are the causes and risk factors for melanoma?
      • How do I estimate my level of risk for melanoma?
      • What are the types of melanoma?
      • How is melanoma diagnosed?
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      • What is the treatment for melanoma?
      • What methods are available to help prevent melanoma?
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      Peripheral Neuropathy Article
      • Peripheral neuropathy facts
      • What is peripheral neuropathy?
      • What causes peripheral neuropathy?
      • What are the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy?
      • How is peripheral neuropathy diagnosed?
      • Is there any treatment for peripheral neuropathy?
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      Peripheral Vascular Disease Article
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      • What is peripheral vascular disease?
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      Varicose Veins Article
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      • What is vasculitis?
      • What causes vasculitis, and what are examples of diseases with vasculitis?
      • What are the symptoms of vasculitis?
      • How is vasculitis diagnosed?
      • How is vasculitis treated?
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