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Bronze Skin (Overview)

Bronze skin is a dark orange or brown coloration of the skin, which may be seen in a number of metabolic problems, or in skin that has poor circulation.


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What are the various diseases that can cause sudden skin bronzing in a 19 year old female?

What are the various diseases that can cause sudden skin bronzing in a 19 year old female?

Haven't heard of any: Haven't heard of anything that causes sudden skin bronzing except a tanning lotion, a spray-on tan, or overstaying the tanning booth. Otherwise, a doctor should evaluate to see if it's jaundice or another medical condition. ...Read more

Bronze Skin (Overview)

Bronze skin is a dark orange or brown coloration of the skin, which may be seen in a number of metabolic problems, or in skin that has poor circulation.


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What's the reason for bronze skin?

What's the reason for bronze skin?

Varied: Bronze skin can be caused by a more rare disease affecting the liver (hemochromatosis) and possibly also by disorders of the adrenal glands. Best to get checked by physician so that appropriate workup can be done to find cause. ...Read more

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Are people with bronze skin more or less likely to get skin cancer?

Are people with bronze skin more or less likely to get skin cancer?

Usually Less Risk: People with bronze skin at baseline (before sun exposure) are usually less likely to get skin cancer. Risk factors for skin cancer are multiple including genetic predisposition, blond or red hair, blue or hazel eyes, fair skin, & people who burn easily and tan minimally with sun exposure. This is not to say that people with darker skin do not get skin cancer. Seek eval if concerned about a lesion. ...Read more

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What's the reason for bronze skin?

Varied: Bronze skin can be caused by a more rare disease affecting the liver (hemochromatosis) and possibly also by disorders of the adrenal glands. Best to get checked by physician so that appropriate workup can be done to find cause. ...Read more

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Treating a Skin Abscess (Checklist)

Clean the wound thoroughly
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If the wound is draining on its own, regularly change a dressing
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If it is not draining, or there is redness around it, see your doctor
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Do people with natural bronze skin still have to use sun screen?

Do people with natural bronze skin still have to use sun screen?

Yes: Sunscreen is recommended for people of all skin types as skin cancer is seen in every group. Melanin is the pigment which is responsible for the brown color. In african american skin, melanin provides a sun protection factor (spf) approximately equivalent to 13.4, compared to 3.4 in white skin. That said skin cancer still represents 1-2% of african americans and asians. ...Read more

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Are people with bronze skin more or less likely to get skin cancer?

Usually Less Risk: People with bronze skin at baseline (before sun exposure) are usually less likely to get skin cancer. Risk factors for skin cancer are multiple including genetic predisposition, blond or red hair, blue or hazel eyes, fair skin, & people who burn easily and tan minimally with sun exposure. This is not to say that people with darker skin do not get skin cancer. Seek eval if concerned about a lesion. ...Read more

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How can an extremely white person with some red skin get a tanned skin bronze ?

How can an extremely white person with some red skin get a tanned skin bronze ?

Spray: The safest (and fastest) way for someone with very light skin to get a nice color is by spray tanning. If you are determined to tan in a bed (or in the sun) you should do it slowly and gradually to avoid burning. You should also use sunscreen or a cover on your face to help prevent premature aging. ...Read more