What does hemosiderin staining look like?

Hemosiderin — a protein compound that stores iron in your tissues — can accumulate under your skin. As a result, you may notice yellow, brown, or black staining or a bruiselike appearance. Stains most often appear on the lower leg, sometimes covering the space between your knee and ankle.

How do you cure hemosiderin?

If you do notice leg discoloration, or hemosiderin staining, take action. CVI can be treated at its source using a combination of surgical and noninvasive vein procedures. If caught and treated early enough in the vein disease process, your skin discoloration will lighten and, in some cases, disappear completely.

What kind of doctor treats hemosiderin staining?

Most patients will go to a dermatologist or primary care physician for the skin condition, not the underlying vein disease of hemosiderin staining. As a result, they may not get an accurate diagnosis.

What is the best cream for hemosiderin?

For best results, it is recommended to apply AMERIGEL Care Lotion to the affected area, 2-3 times a day. The length of time required for the Hemosiderin Stains to dissipate can vary based on location, the amount of accumulated iron deposits and blood flow.

Why am I getting brown spots on my legs?

Age Spots Age spots are the most common cause of this discoloration on the legs. These spots develop from constant sun exposure, hormonal changes, pregnancy, or some types of medications. Age spots are typically not a medical concern and can be removed with laser treatments.

How long does it take for hemosiderin to form?

Results: Hemosiderin staining within alveolar macrophages was first detected in the BAL and lung tissue at day 3, peaked at day 7, and persisted through 2 months. The analysis of the BAL revealed an increased number of total cells, with an acute inflammatory reaction that resolved within 2 weeks.

Can hemosiderin be reversed?

The discoloration from hemosiderin staining can be permanent. If you recognize the underlying cause early and start managing the condition, the stains may fade somewhat over time. There are skin creams that can lighten dark spots, such as creams containing hydroquinone. Your doctor can prescribe that for you.

How do you get rid of blood under the skin?

What is treatment for bleeding into the skin?

  1. Apply an ice pack to the area for 10 to 15 minutes at a time.
  2. Avoid direct heat to the area for about 48 hours.
  3. Elevate the injured area.
  4. Take ibuprofen (Advil®) or acetaminophen (Tylenol®) to reduce pain.

How do I get rid of brown discoloration on my legs?

Two common forms of treatment include radiofrequency ablation and sclerotherapy.

  1. Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive procedure.
  2. Sclerotherapy is similar to radiofrequency ablation but uses a sclerosant chemical solution to reroute the blood flow instead of a catheter and radiofrequency.

How do I get rid of brown spots on my legs?


  1. Medications. Applying prescription bleaching creams (hydroquinone) alone or with retinoids (tretinoin) and a mild steroid might gradually fade the spots over several months.
  2. Laser and intense pulsed light.
  3. Freezing (cryotherapy).
  4. Dermabrasion.
  5. Microdermabrasion.
  6. Chemical peel.

Is hemosiderin common?

Hemosiderin is most commonly found in macrophages and is especially abundant in situations following hemorrhage, suggesting that its formation may be related to phagocytosis of red blood cells and hemoglobin.

What is hemosiderin significance?

The presence of hemosiderin deposits is evidence of chronic bleeding, and when it is found in organs likely to have suffered trauma or organs belonging to the macrophage resorption system, it may be suggestive of previous child abuse (4) or asphyxial episodes, whether idiopathic or intentional (6, 7).