I've had an unknown skin condition for 10 years, what is it?

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I am 62 years old male, and I have severe red itchy areas on my lower legs that flare up from time to time, and I am frequently given antibiotics or even put on an antibiotic drip for this. See attached photos.

No-one has been able to diagnose it. I have been told it may be coming from the bones, but I have had bone tests which came back clear.

I have high iron levels in my blood (haemachromatosis) and I used to get blood taken off every few weeks but not any more.

I have type 2 diabetes. I also have high blood pressure. I previously suffered from Guillain-Barre syndrome around 15 years ago.

No medical expert has yet been able to diagnose or cure this condition and it is having a very debilitating effect on my life. Please help!

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    Have a look at https://www.dermnetnz.org/.  It is very good, see if you can see anything that resembles your skin.

    Have you ever been referred to a Dermatologist?  I know the waiting lists are very long.  Are you under any Consultants at the moment?

     

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    Yes, I have been to a dermatologist.

    It has actually been diagnosed as cellulitis, but I think there is something more to it, as it keeps flaring up every two months or so. Each time I am given a strong dose of intravenous penicillin antiobiotics to clear it, but it keeps coming back. How can I get rid of it for good?

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    I don't know how you get rid of it for good but I do know that the Dermatologists use Doxycycline a lot.  I took it for 18 months, maybe yours needs a longer session & perhaps with a different antibiotic, such as Doxyxycline
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    Visited the doctor again today and he thinks it may be vasculitis.
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    Is the doctor going to do anything to treat it if it is vasculitis?
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    Just cream to help soothe it.
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