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Dr. Robert Uyeda Dr. Uyeda
Surgery
41 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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I woke up today and found small brown spots in a cluster, about 3 inches big, on my forearm near my wrist. This literally happened overnight. Diagnosis?

I woke up today and found small brown spots in a cluster, about 3 inches big, on my forearm near my wrist. This literally happened overnight. Diagnosis?

Impossible to tell: For sure without actual examination. But if is sudden onset and localized to a 3 inch area, it is most likely something that happened to your skin locally. For example, contact dermatitis, insect bite, local irritant. If it spreads to other areas of the body, you must look to systemic disorders. Go to dermatologist if it persists.

Dr. James Burns Dr. Burns
Emergency Medicine
33 years in practice
Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
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Brown spots on hands little pink dots appearing as well?

Brown spots on hands little pink dots appearing as well?

I am not certain: Exactly what you are asking and don't know whether these spots and dots are flat, raised, painful, painless, large, small, associated with eachother or not, on the back of the hand, or palms, on the fingers or not and how long have they been there. A few more details would help...thanks!

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Dr. Michael Fisher Dr. Fisher
Dermatology
28 years in practice
Morehouse School of Medicine
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Could Accutane cause brown spots on hands?

Could Accutane cause brown spots on hands?

Brown Spots: Brown spots may be due to a lack of vitamin C or B12, anemia, weak liver function or cumulative sun damage. It's important to investigate each potential cause; your doctor can help. Accutane makes you sun sensitive which can cause brown spots.

Dr. Dave Burns Dr. Burns
Dentistry
42 years in practice
Indiana University School of Dentistry
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Why am I having sudden brown spots on my hands?

Why am I having sudden brown spots on my hands?

Call MD: Could be aging spots however have your md rule out any other medical conditions.

Dr. Thomas Fiala Dr. Fiala
Surgery - Plastics
29 years in practice
University of Western Ontario Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
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Why do brown spots happen and how do you treat them on your hands?

Why do brown spots happen and how do you treat them on your hands?

Have you considered: Treatment with ipl (intense pulsed light)? This can be quite effective for brown spots on the back on the hands.

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Dr. Gayle Valeros Dr. Valeros
Family Medicine
20 years in practice
St. George's University School of Medicine
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I've had little light brown spots pop up on my hand and disappear and then show up somewhere else on my hand. What are they?

I've had little light brown spots pop up on my hand and disappear and then show up somewhere else on my hand. What are they?

Hard to tell: Without seeing a picture of the spots. If they pop up again, take a picture and use the Healthtap consultation service - there we can see the pictures you upload. Or see your local PCP so they can examine them more closely.

Dr. Tiffanie Noonan Dr. Noonan
Pediatrics
16 years in practice
University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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I woke up with 3 light brown spots on my hand one is about a centimeter in width, the other two are a bit smaller. What concerned, what can it be?

I woke up with 3 light brown spots on my hand one is about a centimeter in width, the other two are a bit smaller. What concerned, what can it be?

Needs to be seen: It is impossible to determine what these spots are without them being seen. If they are of concern to you, make an appointment for your physician to see them so they can make a diagnosis.

Dr. Morris Westfried Dr. Westfried
Dermatology
42 years in practice
Yale University School of Medicine
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What are the rough dark brown spots appearing on my hands and feet?

What are the rough dark brown spots appearing on my hands and feet?

Keratosis?: These may represent stucco keratosis which is localized thickening of skin simi, ar to barnacles on a boat. Soak and use peeling cream with urea or lac 5. This will remove surface and improve appearance. If this disturbs you dermatologist can diagnose and remove ith minor procedure.

Dr. Joy Jackson Dr. Jackson
Family Medicine
15 years in practice
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I have I brown spots in my hand and I don't know how I got it or what it might be its in my right hand and right now I only have two spots

I have I brown spots in my hand and I don't know how I got it or what it might be its in my right hand and right now I only have two spots

Without: Without seeing the lesions in question, brown spots on the hands are typically age or sun spots. To be safe visit your primary care provider or dermatologist for an evaluation. All the best.

Dr. Carla Enriquez Dr. Enriquez
Pediatrics
46 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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I have brown spots on the front of my hands, looks like syphilis but I'm a virgin (no oral and never been kissed) so that can't be. What could it be?

I have brown spots on the front of my hands, looks like syphilis but I'm a virgin (no oral and never been kissed) so that can't be. What could it be?

Gee whiz: Skin lesions need to be seen to be understood and properly diagnosed. Syphilis skin problems are usually a manifestation of secondary or tertiary syphislis. See your doctor if you're concerned about the skin lesions.

Dr. Albert Pizzo Dr. Pizzo
Family Medicine
56 years in practice
McGill University Faculty of Medicine
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Dr. Maureen Mays Dr. Mays
Clinical Lipidology
years in practice
University of Nevada School of Medicine
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I started getting these brown spots on the palms of my hands and fingers. What could it be from?

I started getting these brown spots on the palms of my hands and fingers. What could it be from?

Many things: It's hard to do dermatology without being able to see the spots. I suggest seeing a doctor for this. In addition to seeing the spots, the doctor will also look at your med list, what you do with your hands, any health problems you have that my be contributing, etc.

Dr. Rebecca Gliksman Dr. Gliksman
Internal Medicine
34 years in practice
Washington University School of Medicine
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I'm getting brown spots on my right hand. I thought my hand was dirty at first, but realized I have multiple brown flat spots over top of my hand.

I'm getting brown spots on my right hand. I thought my hand was dirty at first, but realized I have multiple brown flat spots over top of my hand.

Brown spots on hand: Can be vitamin deficiency Vit C, B12, anemia, liver dysfunction but most likely sun/age but usually that is after 40- unless you spend a lot of time in the sun. Depending on how they look if raised or dark irregualr, could be keratoses or lentiog or melanoma, f/u/ w/ dermatologist

Dr. Payam Rafat Dr. Rafat
Podiatry
18 years in practice
New York College of Podiatric Medicine
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Why am I getting a lot of brown spots on my arms, back of hands and chest area?

Why am I getting a lot of brown spots on my arms, back of hands and chest area?

Many possibilities: There are many types and causes of skin rashes. 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.

Dr. Philip Miller Dr. Miller
Family Medicine
43 years in practice
Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine
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I spent a wk in the Caribbean. I used sunscreen & hats but forgot to use it on my hands. I developed brown spots on my R hand. Will they go away?  

Dermatology: Evaluation is necessary: this sounds like possible photo- damage from UV exposure- best to get it checked.

Dr. Roger Coger Dr. Coger
Clinical Psychology
years in practice
St. Louis University College of Medicine
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Hello just last week I started getting two brown spots on my hand and it gotten darker I'm going to see a doctor tomorrow anyways but I want a head up?

Hello just last week I started getting two brown spots on my hand and it gotten darker I'm going to see a doctor tomorrow anyways but I want a head up?

See your doctor: You are taking the right steps by seeing your primary doctor who can send you to the proper specialist for your problem. Good luck.

Dr. William Coutts ii Dr. Coutts ii
Family Medicine
22 years in practice
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine
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I have developed brown spots that look like dead skin on my left hand near my knuckles. I'm freaked out. Please help.

I have developed brown spots that look like dead skin on my left hand near my knuckles. I'm freaked out. Please help.

Doctor appointment: Without a detailed history plus a photograph or a more detailed description, it is hard to make a diagnosis. I would encourage you to make an appointment with a family practice doctor or a dermatologist. At your young age, I would not generally think that you have a serious skin condition. The unknown is always scary. Try to call for an appointment tomorrow.

Dr. Andrea Brand Dr. Brand
Family Medicine
years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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Upon vacationing in Mexico. I've noticed a burn on my hand followed by a few brown spots on a few fingers and b/w my thumb and pointer finger. Help?

Upon vacationing in Mexico. I've noticed a burn on my hand followed by a few brown spots on a few fingers and b/w my thumb and pointer finger. Help?

See a doctor: This sounds as though it may be something other than a burn. Suggest you see a doctor for examination.

Dr. Brad Goldenberg Dr. Goldenberg
Pediatrics
32 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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