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I recently noticed light brown spots on the back of my neck. There are about 9 of them and they look like birth marks. What could they possibly be?

I recently noticed light brown spots on the back of my neck. There are about 9 of them and they look like birth marks. What could they possibly be?

Tinea: Tinea versicolor usually occurs in teens, it is a fungal infection of the skin, commonly occurs on neck, back and chest. There are different treatment options including oral medication, but the first line should be 2.5% selenium sulfide shampoo/lotion. Of course see your PMD for definitive diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Are dark brown spots on back and chest caused by acne for 6 years permanent or can they be removed?

Are dark brown spots on back and chest caused by acne for 6 years permanent or can they be removed?

Will face eventually: These often take several years to fade. I hope your acne is being managed; especially when it is on the trunk, it usually requires systemic treatment. ...Read more

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Brown spots on back of teeth for few months now. I don't drink tea/coffee/coke. Wear clear retainer nightly, brush/floss daily. No pain. Help?

Brown spots on back of teeth for few months now. I don't drink tea/coffee/coke. Wear clear retainer nightly, brush/floss daily. No pain. Help?

Calculus?: If the spots are behind your front teeth then it is likely calculus formations. See your Dentist for evaluation and your hygienist for professional cleaning. Ask for strategies to help prevent the calculus (tartar) buildup in the future. Some form it much faster than others. If not calculus, then can be demineralization/decay. Same plan. Good Luck. ...Read more

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I have brown spots on my neck and back. What can it be?

I have brown spots on my neck and back. What can it be?

Doctor can evaluate: Spots can be due to allergic, viral, or fungal causes. Sometimes spots are sensitive skin eczema, or due to aging or sun exposure. A primary care doctor or a dermatologist (skin doctor) should look at it if it doesn't go away, or it worsens, with simple treatment. Simple treatment of an itchy spot means trying over-the-counter Hydrocortisone 1% cream three-times-a-day for about 5 days. ...Read more

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I have these brown spots on my neck and on the back of it. They are these brown tan patches and it looks like I am getting more as the years go by.

I have these brown spots on my neck and on the back of it. They are these brown tan patches and it looks like I am getting more as the years go by.

AGE SPOTS: These sound like "age spots" or "liver spots". They are usually benign lesions that appear to be "stuck on". However, some can be pre-cancerous and deserve to be evaluated by a physician. See your primary care provider or a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Why do I have a dark neck and brown spots on my neck?

Why do I have a dark neck and brown spots on my neck?

Acanthosis nigricans: Acanthosis nigricans can look like a velvety darkening of the neck with thickened skin folds and increased skin tags. This can be seen with obesity and Insulin resistance, so go to a doctor to have this evaluated. ...Read more

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What could brown spots on my neck and shoulders signify?

What could brown spots on my neck and shoulders signify?

Many Things: Any skin condition requires visualization in order to properly diagnose and treat. Without seeing it, some ideas are that it could be freckles, or sun spots. Also, there is a particular skin fungus called tinea versicolor that can leave light or dark spots on the skin commonly on upper body. A little more information is needed. Have a dermatologist take a look. ...Read more

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I have these redish/ brown spots on my chest and neck what can I use to get them gone?

I have these redish/ brown spots on my chest and neck what can I use to get them gone?

It depends: Reddish brown skin spots could be caused by many different things, and you really will need a medical professional to see and probably feel them (are they raised or flat, evenly colored, rough, soft, firm, etc.). The treatment will depend entirely upon what type of spots they are. ...Read more

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Why do I have brown spots on my neck and chest?

Why do I have brown spots on my neck and chest?

Need derm consult: If they r long standing could b 'birth marks', if new u need 2 c a dermatologist. No good image available. ...Read more

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I have a brown spots all over my neck and my dad thinks it's dirt but it won't come off when scrubbed. I wear a nickel plated necklace cross everyday?

I have a brown spots all over my neck and my dad thinks it's dirt but it won't come off when scrubbed. I wear a nickel plated necklace cross everyday?

Possibly an allergy: Nickel is a very common allergy, so that is a definite possibility. You might try wearing no necklace for a while to see if that makes a difference. There are some other "brown spot" rashes that can occur on the neck, but that would be a good thing to try first. Good luck to you! ...Read more

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Sweating under my neck and lips cause brown spots to appear how do I stop and remove them?

Sweating under my neck and lips cause brown spots to appear how do I stop and remove them?

It may not be: Due to sweat. If I had to say, it may be pigmentation increases that may be due to elevated insulin. Not sure but if you have a family hx of type 2 diabetes, say, and could stand to lose weight, look up acanthosis nigricans to see if that fits ur description. Good luck, it's improvable if that is the case, may consider endocrinologist but see pcp first. ...Read more

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I'm 18 years old, Dark brown spots on my neck, no effects or itch, it might be spreading I don't know, I've tried olive oil but don' work, what is this?

I'm 18 years old, Dark brown spots on my neck, no effects or itch, it might be spreading I don't know, I've tried olive oil but don' work, what is this?

Rash: Rashes are very hard to diagnose without photograph.

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Otherwise, I would suggest seeing a dermatogist or your pediatrician if you are concerned. ...Read more

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I have these weird light brown spots under the breasts and on the upper stomach and neck. What could they be and how do I get rid of them?

I have these weird light brown spots under the breasts and on the upper stomach and neck. What could they be and how do I get rid of them?

Fungal infection: More than likely you have a superficial fungal infection called tinea versicolor.

Treat with otc antifungal creams such as lotrimin or micatin (miconazole) twice daily for four weeks then retreat one day a month to keep it from recurring. If this does not work see your dermatologist. ...Read more

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My neck has brown spots, my chest is red and wrinkly, and my face has wrinkles, brown spots, and redness. Should I do fraxel laser or ipl?

My neck has brown spots, my chest is red and wrinkly, and my face has wrinkles, brown spots, and redness. Should I do fraxel laser or ipl?

See below: After an evaluation, your dermatologist will advise you on the treatment options and and the benefits of each in your particular case.
You may even need both. Sunscreen is very important in prevention of future recurrence. ...Read more

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I have pcos and noticed a dark brown spots between my breast spreading more how can I get rid of this? Also on my neck

I have pcos and noticed a dark brown spots between my breast spreading more how can I get rid of this? Also on my neck

Hard to get rid of: Google "acanthosis nigricans." controlling your weight and blood sugar can help stop the discoloration from spreading, but any attempts to eliminate the hyperpigmentation you already have will require a prescription or a procedure. Maybe a good dermatologist could help. ...Read more

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What do brown spots on throat indicate?

What do brown spots on throat indicate?

Throat problem: There are many problems that can occur in the throat, so get checked. Spots of all colors can occur. A brown spot may simply represent dried mucous or prior difficulty with a nose bleed. Could be irritation from viral or bacterial infection although these are usually red or orange. You could have some non-infectious irritation from, say, post-nasal drainage (allergies) or even from reflux. ...Read more

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Having pain in node a week ago and it's enlarged. Went to doctor and got antibiotic, no other symptoms, now brown spots on throat, worried.

Having pain in node a week ago and it's enlarged. Went to doctor and got antibiotic, no other symptoms, now brown spots on throat, worried.

Diagnosis: You noted an enlarged painful lymph node. Your doctor gave you antibiotics. You now have brown spots in your throat. Your doctor gave you a diagnosis. You should ask what that was and write it down. For a painful enlarged lympn node your doctor is concerned about a bacterial infection. Maybe from an injury or a bite? If the lymph node pain goes away that is good. Follow up is important ...Read more

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Skin problem. Feeling itchy on the top half of the back with red/dark brownish spot, back of neck n chest.

Skin problem. Feeling itchy on the top half of the back with red/dark brownish spot, back of neck n chest.

Can't diagnose: Based on the information provided. Recommend an in-person evaluation so that this can visualized. A medical history is important and some times labs or even a biopsy may be needed for accurate assessment. Take care. ...Read more

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No sore throat just neck ache. Runny nose. Tiny white spots on back of uvula. One on tip of tongue went away with salt water. Looks like herpangina?

No sore throat just neck ache. Runny nose. Tiny white spots on back of uvula. One on tip of tongue went away with salt water. Looks like herpangina?

Please stop: Please stop trying to diagnose yourself. If you have Herpangina you would probably also have an acute fever. You can't see the back of your Uvula without putting a mirror behind it. Your symptoms suggest an infection, so go see your Family Physician. Let him/her do the diagnosis and treatment plan. You'll be glad you did. ...Read more

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Non-itchy/raised brown spots on back, spread to chest & stomach. Biopsy shows overproduction of plasma cells; bone marrow biopsy normal. Next steps?

Non-itchy/raised brown spots on back, spread to chest & stomach. Biopsy shows overproduction of plasma cells; bone marrow biopsy normal. Next steps?

Characterize cells: What you report is not definitive. Is this a plasma cell-rich inflammatory process, or is it a multifocal plasma cell tumor? The pathologists can investigate the cells to determine if they are of mixed clonal origin (benign) or monoclonal (meaning all derived form a single parent, usually a sign of a cancer). This can be done by evaluating the surface light chain expression. ...Read more

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I have small spots at back of neck/top of shoulder, do you know what they can be?

I have small spots at back of neck/top of shoulder, do you know what they can be?

No: If new could be irritated hair follicles, if old can be sun damage-need to be evaluated by a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Itchy rash on back of neck and in hairline also on lower back?

Itchy rash on back of neck and in hairline also on lower back?

Itchy back: You might be allergic to your shampoo or another hair care product. Without a medical exam it would be difficult to say. Consider using only a non sensitizing shampoo such as free and clear and avoid other treatments. If that doesn't work seek out a board certified allergist or dermatologist. ...Read more

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I have an itchy scalp and rash on back of neck, what can I use for this?

I have an itchy scalp and rash on back of neck, what can I use for this?

Depends on the cause: There are many types and causes of skin rashes that could cause itching. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections can cause rashes on the skin. Insect bites can also be the cause of a rash on the skin. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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My daughter started to itch back of neck no lice but the red spots aare now as far down as shoulders. What could this be?

Umm, hard to say.: Skin rashes are most difficult to diagnose without actually examining them. Can you feel the rash? Is it crusted? How old is your dtr? Since the rash is itching & now spreading, perhaps it would be wise to have your pediatrician or dermatologist examine this in person. Then specific treatment and preventive measures could be discussed with more accuracy. Just proper itch relief can be a blessing! ...Read more

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Headache in different spots-behind eyes, above temple, in back/down back of neck. Had 2CTscans recent for head injury. Would they have seen a tumor?

Headache in different spots-behind eyes, above temple, in back/down back of neck. Had 2CTscans recent for head injury. Would they have seen a tumor?

Concussion: Some people may have a post-concussive/traumatic headache. If the headache is accompanied by other symptoms (tinnitus, difficulty concentrating, irritability) then you might have post-concussion syndrome. Improvement in symptoms is based on many factors including severity and location of the concussion. See a neurologist for evaluation. Http://www. Webmd. Com/brain/post-concussion-syndrome ...Read more