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what causes discoloration on the sides of the neck

A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Sign of problems ??: If this is a dark discoloration of your skin that forms a long line at back of your neck, it can mean problems. Those that are getting heavy may find ... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Monib Zirvi
21 years experience Dermatology
Insulin-like GF: Insulin-like growth factors, which are elevated in per-diabetics and diabetics cause the skin to thicken and discolor in a condition known as acanthos ... Read More
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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
57 years experience Dermatology
Acanthosis nigricans: Related to obesity & Insulin resistance.Common among young people with dark skin, type 2 diabetes, and abnormal fats in the blood. High triglycerides, ... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leto Quarles
23 years experience Family Medicine
Various - see a doc: Could be anything from a skin fungus, to an irregular blood vessel formation, to a skin symptom of a systemic illness (auto-immune, viral, etc.) to a ... Read More
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Dr. Payam Rafat
22 years experience Podiatry
Depends on the cause: There are many things that may cause discoloration of the skin. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, sun exposure, allergic reactions ... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bernard Seif
40 years experience Clinical Psychology
Lumps: Yes, please do see your doc. Any lump needs to be examined by your doctor. It may be sebaceous cysts or something more. Peace and good health.
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Dr. Qamar Khan
17 years experience Pain Management
Many Possibilities: Depending on how long it's been going on, i would consider an evaluation by a spine specialist. Sometimes it could be a muscle imbalance, early onset ... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Rosenfeld
27 years experience Pain Management
Muscle spasm: Try otc analgesics like Motrin or aleve (naproxen). Add in heat and gentle stratching.
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Louise Andrew
46 years experience Emergency Medicine
As you Swallow?: If this is what you intended, most likely there is an infection in the throat or possibly something like a fishbone could be caught down there. You n ... Read More
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Dr. Laura Anissian
21 years experience Internal Medicine
Question unclear: I am sorry, but I do not understand your question.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brijesh Chandwani
11 years experience Pain Management
Many possibilities: Most common reasons of neck pain are compromised posture (work, sleep etc), strained neck, and lack of exercise; these are likely muscular pains. Oth ... Read More
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Dr. David Schleimer
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Too many to list: The most common reason to feel a lump on the side of the neck would be from a swollen lymph gland. It swells as it drains the inflammatory fluids that ... Read More
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