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Birthmark (Overview)

A birthmark is an unusual mark or blemish anywhere on the skin that exists from birth.


Birthmark (Overview)

A birthmark is an unusual mark or blemish anywhere on the skin that exists from birth.


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How do I get birthmarks removed ?

Discuss with PCP: Some birthmarks are amenable to laser or other treatment modalities. Some are better left alone. A discussion with your pcp or evaluation by a dermatologist should give more specific guidance for your situation. ...Read more

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What causes a birthmark in the middle of my lowerback?

Chance or Mongolian: Spot. Almost all asians have a so called "mongolian spot" or patch over the lower spine and upper buttock crease. Present in childhood, they usually fade by adulthood. Cafe-au-lait spots are common birthmarks, 3 or more might suggest neurofibromatosis. Otherwise most birthmarks occur purely by chance. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my birthmark hurt?

Something else? : I wonder if you've had an injury to that area of the birthmark. Depending on the location of the birthmark, something could be going on in that area. For example, if over your wrist, could it be a sprained wrist that's the problem? I always advise that concerns are brought to your doctor. Consider a consultation with a dermatologist as well. Check it out. Hope this is helpful. ...Read more

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My baby has a strawberry birthmark under his right eye so far we have been using timopic to treat it, he's 6 mths. When do these birthmarks go away?

My baby has a strawberry birthmark under his right eye so far we have been using timopic to treat it, he's 6 mths. When do these birthmarks go away?

Difficult question: True hemangiomas tend to increase in size and thickness faster than a kid grows up until age ~12 mo, when they plateau in relative size and gradually begin to fade over 2-4 years.Oral propranalol with close monitoring has been used to try shrinking these with varied results.The Timoptic (timolol) is a similar medicine but designed to treat eye pressure issues in adults. It is not approved in the us for kids. ...Read more

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How can I know my dark brown birthmark, what is it, best way to remove it.?

How can I know my dark brown birthmark, what is it, best way to remove it.?

Dermatologist: see a dermatologist to decide on chemicals,laser, or abrasion.or even if it can be removed ...Read more

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What is the treatment for a strawberry birthmark?

Watch and wait: Most "strawberry" hemangiomas need no treatment. They often enlarge over the first 6 to 9 months; then stabilize; then slowly resolve and disappear by age 3 to 5. Fast-growing ones in a vital area, such as the eyelid, nose or throat, should be evaluated by a dermatologist. Sometimes these are treated with steroids or laser, or another medication. ...Read more

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How can you get rid of birthmarks?

How can you get rid of birthmarks?

Depends: There are many ways, depending on the birthmark. A pigmented birthmark without vascular involvement might be able to be treated with certain types of laser. A small birthmark could be removed with a minor surgery. Vascular birthmarks can sometimes be treated with laser, surgery, and/or sclerotherapy. Going to a center that specializes in birthmark treatment is the way to go. ...Read more

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