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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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One of my strawberry birthmarks hurts (one top of head) scalp sunken in with mound around it that is painful. Alopecia is spreading. Clueless?

One of my strawberry birthmarks hurts (one top of head) scalp sunken in with mound around it that is painful. Alopecia is spreading. Clueless?

See dermatologist: Your strawberry mark may be infected and swollen. Consult your primary doctor .alopecia is different condition and its cause usually not known .Best is talk to dermatologist about your problem for alopecia if he has some suggestion to prevent spreading of alopecia . ...Read more

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I have a big and small two black birthmarks on my tongue.Is it possible to remove it?

I have a big and small two black birthmarks on my tongue.Is it possible to remove it?

Black tongue: The most common reason for a black spot on the tongue is hyper-pigmentation, also known as oral fibroma. Oral fibroma is a genetic trait that causes dark brown or black spots to appear on the tongue like a birth mark. This kind of black tongue spot should not affect taste or cause any pain; it is purely cosmetic. ...Read more

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I was born with a birthmark on my left shoulder, will my baby inherit the same one when he's born?

Probably not: Sometimes we see traits including birthmarks in similar areas in our children. In general though, birthmarks are not one of the more common inheritable traits. ...Read more

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How can I reduce the risk of stork-bite birthmarks in my baby?

How can I reduce the risk of stork-bite birthmarks in my baby?

You can't: If it is in the genes it will show up on the baby. I often see a pattern of storks bite marks in several family members or they may come up as a new finding . I've never had a parent complain about the mark in > 30 years of practice. Given what I have seen over the years i'm just happy when the parts are ale there & seem to fit. ...Read more

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Can you shave a birthmark?

Shaving birthmark: Caution is needed, to avoid bleed or injury. Let your doctor examine & give better suggestions. ...Read more

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How to remove white birthmarks?

Unlikely to happen: White birthmarks generally reflect an absence or decreased production of pigment in the patch of skin involved.This cannot be reversed. In theory you could transplant a full thickness graft of your skin to cover the area, but it would never look "normal" and would have some visible demarcation at the edges that would call attention to the patch.Most would use a cover makeup for prominent areas. ...Read more

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Do all birthmarks stay forever?

Depends: Some birthmarks, especially those relate to malformations of blood vessels often disappear with the growth of the child. Others may persist and get larger with the growth of the child. ...Read more

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What makes you have a birthmark?

Lots of causes: Prematurity, chorionic villous sampling, family history, genetics, and the big unknown are all causes of birthmarks. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have birthmarks?

Is it normal to have birthmarks?

Yes: Many babies have birth marks and some, consisting of vascular lesions regress with time. As long as the birthmark is stable and not bleeding, there is no cause for alarm. ...Read more

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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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Can i remove birthmarks on my own?

Can i remove birthmarks on my own?

Not advised!: Leave this to your doctor. Furthermore, if it were to be cancerous, you would be doing yourself a big disservice. ...Read more