Leg Sores: Symptoms & Signs

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. Depending upon the exact cause, they may be associated with

  • redness,
  • swelling,
  • oozing,
  • crusting,
  • ulceration, and
  • itching.

Common causes of leg sores include insect bites and stings, cuts and abrasions, and skin infections.

Related Symptoms & Signs

Other causes of leg sores

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Medically Reviewed on 9/10/2019
References
Kasper, D.L., et al., eds. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 19th Ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Education, 2015.
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