So as the riding season approaches, I have been spending more time on the rowing machine and bike trainer to get more in shape. Concurrent with this increased exercise has been the development of an itchy red rash on the back of my right ankle. It has not responded to over-the-counter treatment of moisturizing lotion, steroid ointment or the Taclonex that I use for some small spots of psoriasis. It has not been annoying enough to spend the $ 250 for the dermatologist to take a look at.
So I decided to do some research on Medline and the Net in general. I have discovered that this is a common condition that is still largely unknown by the medical community. The two most common names are golfer's vasculitis or exercise-induced vasculitis. The two links below explain it a bit. There are also a lot of people who call it 'Disney rash' since it so commonly occurs when people take trips to Disney World and Epcot. It seems to occur most commonly in people over age 50 who are walking, golfing, cycling or otherwise exercising in warm weather.
Unfortunately, there does not seem to be a lot of treatment for it, although some people suggest NSAIDS or anti-histamines before exercising in warm weather.
If anyone here has the same problem and has discovered some effective treatments or prevention techniques, please post here.