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Medical Author: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
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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Other Causes of Leg Sores
- Allergic Reactions
- Bacterial Infections
- Benign Tumors
- Contact Dermatitis
- Fungal Infections
- Lichen Simplex
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- Venous Insufficiency (Stasis)
Examples of Medications for Leg Sores
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