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why am i getting brown spots on my legs

A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Doctor can evaluate: Shortness of breath is not normal, unless it is the mild temporary shortness of breath with sports activities (but even then, one must be sure she is ... Read More

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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dave Burns
45 years experience Dentistry
Call MD: You need to be seen to rule out any other medical factors possibly aging spots so call asap.
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Dr. Donald Colantino
60 years experience Internal Medicine
Veins: I suspect that your pregnancy resulted in some degree of vein damage in your legs. Brownish pigmentation of the lower legs and ankle edema are probabl ... Read More
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A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Romano
8 years experience Internal Medicine
Brown spots : There are several reasons for brown spots on the legs. Most common is venous insufficiency When valves in the leg veins are not working effectively .
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Lewis
50 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Depends...: Depends on the size and appearance. They may be blocked sweat glands if very small. Larger areas may be due to vitiligo or another medical condition. ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Parul Krishnamurthy
33 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Hormonal changes: This is "melasma" of pregnancy caused by excess melanin pigment production by the skin cells under the influence of estrogen and Progesterone of pregn ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dave Burns
45 years experience Dentistry
Call MD: Could be aging spots however have your md rule out any other medical conditions.
A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Despain
36 years experience Dermatology
Lentigines: I think you are likely referring to lentigines (plural for lentigo) which are caused by the sun damage.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
Impossible to say: It is impossible to answer without being able the visualize the knees. If you are concerned have a doctor take a look.
A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Allen Seely
30 years experience General Practice
SEVERAL possiblities: You need an exam by dermatolgist (or knowledgeable pcp) who can distinguish: melanoma, dysplastic lesions, freckles/ sundamage (solar lentigo) or beni ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Lawson
27 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Folliculitis: You may be getting folliculitis (hair follicle infection). These are more common in women with larger pendulous breasts and with use of poorly fittin ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dave Burns
45 years experience Dentistry
Call your MD: Sounds like you will need a workup and tests to better determine your issue.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Brown spots: One cause for brown spots on the skin are solar lentigines (AKA liver spots/ age spots). These are caused by increased melanin pigment in the skin. T ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ahmad Ibrahim
18 years experience Urgent Care
Need pics : It would be nice to see some pictures of this purplish spots could be bruises could be a sign of early infection to be signs of vascular vein problems ... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Timothy Raichle
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Not a specific sign: White spots on your nipples is not a specific sign of pregnancy. If you believe that you are pregnant, then check a pregnancy test!
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Biernbaum
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
Hair follicles: Occasionally, you can get normal acne around your eyebrows, or you could have inflamed hair follicles, which is called folliculitis. Using normal acn ... Read More
A 73-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Ettinger
48 years experience Podiatry
Don't worry: Get it checked.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Platelets: Red blotches are more likely to be due platelet issues rather than red or white cells. It would be prudent to see your doctor for an evaluation as it ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience Dentistry
White spots: The answer can be obtained by seeing a dentist who can personally examine you to determine the cause of your white spots. He\she will discuss ways of ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marybeth Crane
26 years experience Podiatry
Normal or vascular: Red spots on your feet can be a normal part of aging or anything from dermatitis to insect bites. I would go have them looked at by your favorite derm ... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Nino
37 years experience Family Medicine
Tinea: You would have to be examined to be sure but there is one benign condition called tinea versicolor. It is caused by a fungus that lives on the skin. ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Gordon
Specializes in Adolescent Medicine
Red rash: You have to be more descriptive of the rash. It might be a form of acne which would be treated one way or it might be an infection, possibly fungal, ... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
22 years experience Family Medicine
Brown spots: If those are freckles, they are normal, it's just your genetics. If it is something else, they need to be looked at to determine the cause thereof.

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