Burning sensation in leg below knee:
The burning sensation in leg below knee occurs when heat from body is transferred to skin. It usually happens due to high temperature of the skin or due to friction with clothing. It causes pain and swelling which may lead to infection.
If left untreated, it can cause permanent damage such as amputation of limb. The symptoms are similar to those caused by sunburn but worse because they occur over longer period of time than sunburns do.
Causes of burning sensation in leg below knee:
1) Heat transfer from body to skin: When heat is transferred from the body, it does not immediately reach the surface of skin.
For example, if someone was sitting next to you and your hand were hot enough, it would not burn right away even though you touched the same area directly. Instead, it will take some time before you feel pain. This is called delayed effect of heat on skin.
2) Clothing: Even if you have no clothes on, the heat from body still reaches the surface of skin.
The reason why clothing helps is because it blocks some of the direct contact between skin and heat. However, there is always a small amount of direct contact so you still get burned. So, wearing clothing does not completely prevent burning sensation in leg below knee.
Your body heat will cause sweating and friction against the clothing. If you have worn tight clothing then it will increase the burning sensation in leg below knee.
Physical activity: More physical activity causes more heat to be produced by your body. This leads to burning sensation in leg below knee. So, wearing protective clothing can help prevent burning sensation in leg below knee caused by exercise.
3) Temperature of the skin: The temperature of the body changes constantly.
If you have ever fallen asleep in a hot tub then you know how your skin can be burning while the rest of your body is quite cool. If you stay out in the sun too long then your skin will get hotter than your own internal body temperature. This can cause burning sensation in leg below knee on even areas covered by clothing.
It can even happen under water, especially if you have been in the sun.
4) Activity: If you are doing a specific activity or movement that puts your skin under more pressure than usual then burning sensation in leg below knee will occur.
For example, if you fall while rock climbing then your skin will come in contact with the rock directly rather than through your clothing. This is a common cause of burning sensation in leg below knee.
Treatment of burning sensation in leg below knee:
Always take a break from whatever activity caused the burning sensation in leg below knee. It is best to keep an eye on the skin and look for any signs of blisters or burns. After that, you should treat the burn or blisters immediately.
You can do this by soaking the area with cold water if you have been in hot water or the sun for a long time. If the blisters are already there then you can keep them moist using a skin moisturizing ointment. If you fell while rock climbing then you should go get it checked out by a doctor. Normally if you have not broken skin then the wound will heal itself within a week or two without any serious consequences. However, sometimes the case can be more serious.
If the burning sensation in leg below knee continues even while not doing any physical activity then see a doctor immediately. This could be the sign of a more serious problem.
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