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rash all over from steel plate in right leg
Posted by: Janis
Date: August 19, 2004 5:27 PM

In Dec. 2003 I broke my right leg, tibia and fibula, the inside portion. I am 54 years old now. I have a steel plate with numerous screws. I thought all was going well until about 3 months ago when I started to develop a terrible itching rash on my leg (same side). Now the rashes are on all portions of my body. They raise up and itch, become like red from blood and stay circular. The area now on my leg is raised similar to the description above but with more swollen areas, like hives, so what I am trying to say is that the rashes look a little different from my leg to the rest of me. The leg is terribly swollen even after all these months. My anxiety levels are sky high and my digestion is suffering (more acid than usual). The leg looks deformed. The doctors keep giving me creams to control the itch, but it does not help. Is the rash from a form of yeast? Or an allergic reaction to the metal? I have always been sensitive to everything. The doctor also advises I will have permanent swelling around that portion of my leg (ankle).

RE: rash all over from steel plate in right leg
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: August 19, 2004 10:18 PM

You were undoubtedly told the metal is made of stainless steel, but there are always trace amounts of nickle and this is the most likely diagnosis: allergy to nickle. Until you can get healed and then have the metal removed, probably the best you will be able to do is symptomatic treatment as you are doing now. However, modified citrus pectin is said to remove nickle, so you might get some relief in the meantime. The best preparation is called Pectasol. This discussion is based on probabilities, and is not necessarily on target, but represents what I believe to be the most likely situation.

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