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Doctor insights on: Birthmark Babys Skin

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Should I be concerned about a birthmark on my baby's skin?

Should I be concerned about a birthmark on my baby's skin?

No: Most birthmarks are harmless, but you should point any that you find out to your baby's doctor at the next routine check up. Birth marks, despite the name, don't always show up right at birth. Many develop in the first few months. They can be red, blue, shades of brown, black, white, or yellow/orange. There are a few which may require seeing a specialist, usually a dermatolgist. ...Read more

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Birthmark (Definition)

A birthmark is an unusual mark or blemish anywhere on the skin ...Read more


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I'm 23 I have had a strawberry birthmark since I was a baby, will it ever go away or what can I do about it, the skin is white?

I'm 23 I have had a strawberry birthmark since I was a baby, will it ever go away or what can I do about it, the skin is white?

Strawberry marks: are usually varieties of capillary hemangiomas. These vascular lesions are generally present at birth, enlarge for several months, then regress up until approximately two years of age. Persistence of these lesions beyond early childhood are sometimes addressed with laser or other treatments. A dermatologist can help you sort this out. ...Read more

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Can a birthmark on a child's head be the cause of her hair being a different color there?

Can a birthmark on a child's head be the cause of her hair being a different color there?

Yes: A dark mole or birthmark (congenital melanocytic nevus) often will have dark hairs coming out of it. If the mole is large (> 2 centimeters) you should probably have a dermatology consult at some point. ...Read more

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Do strawberry birthmarks go away on babies?

Do strawberry birthmarks go away on babies?

Depends..........: The answer depends upon the location of the birthmark. Strawberry birthmarks in the midline of the body almost all resolve by around 5 years of age. Birthmarks lateral to the midline may not completely resolve without some help (laser, intralesional steroid injection, beta-blockers).This should, of course, be discussed with your child's physician. ...Read more

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What can you do to tan skin around a big birthmark ?

What can you do to tan skin around a big birthmark ?

Halo Nevus?: Skin around a halo nevus will burn, but not tan, as it lacks cells that produce melanin. This is the one appropriate use of spray tan, but only on that spot, and you still need sunblock. http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1057446-overview. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have a birthmark on top of my head?

What does it mean if I have a birthmark on top of my head?

Nothing specific: I find these occasionally.The importance depends on the type of birthmark. Some are benign and no treatment indicated.Some will be associated with other conditions that will be monitored.Some may be associated with conversion to a cancer in later life and can be removed easily at some point. ...Read more

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Do you know any type of skin cream that can really remove birthmarks ?

Do you know any type of skin cream that can really remove birthmarks ?

Not likely: Birthmarks are usually caused by increased or decreased pigmentation, or by increased blood vessel formation. It is highly unlikely that topical creams will be potent enough to completely remove a birthmark. Laser therapy is available for this purpose, and may be effective for certain types of beauty/birth marks, if removal is desired. ...Read more

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Can this dark skin birthmark on my face be removed?

Can this dark skin birthmark on my face be removed?

Time for consultatn: A visit wit a dermatologist can help determine whether a given birth mark can be removed. Some can be lightened with laser treatment while with some, no method short of surgical removal would help, and the scar left after the procedure would make that unwise. ...Read more

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I have black dots on skin that are perfectly circular but they arent birthmarks it started with just about 3 now more appear over long periods of tim?

I have black dots on skin that are perfectly circular but they arent birthmarks  it started with just about 3 now more appear over long periods of tim?

Tricky.: dermatologic conditions are hard to discuss without seeing them. Age spots and other pigmentation changes occur gradually as we become elderly but to evaluate them they really need to be seen. ...Read more

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Black marks on penis head? Looks like someone wrote a line with a black marker on it. Birthmark? Noticed it just now. Im 28. No pain or itch.

Black marks on penis head? Looks like someone wrote a line with a black marker on it. Birthmark? Noticed it just now. Im 28. No pain or itch.

Penile lesion: Penile melanotic macule is a well-defined, brown to black, flat patch on the penis of some men. Once developed the lesion usually remains unchanged in size and color. It can occasionally have an irregular edge and there may be a history of color change as well. ...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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Small patch near wrist. relatively lighter than normal skin.Since I can remember. since grade 3. Now 20 years Has not grown.birthmark or vitiligo?

Small patch near wrist.  relatively lighter than normal skin.Since I can remember. since grade 3. Now 20 years Has not grown.birthmark or vitiligo?

20 years: It seems there is no reason to worry about a small patch near your wrist. If the patch has changed, relax and enjoy life. If there is some concern feel free to send me a note. ...Read more

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Vascular birthmark under eye for whole life. Recently it has started to feel like dry skin or rough and flakey. ?

Vascular birthmark under eye for whole life. Recently it has started to feel like dry skin or rough and flakey. ?

May be regression: Many vascular birth marks regress with age. Try using an emollient like Vaseline to hydrate the skin.
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