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I have a discoloration on my cheek. What could it be and how do I cure it?

I have a discoloration on my cheek. What could it be and how do I cure it?

Many possibilities: There are many things that may cause a discoloration of the skin. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections and cancer can cause a discoloration of the skin. Insect bites can also be the cause of a rash or a discoloration of the skin. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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I have some discoloration on my cheeks that resemble freckles. I have never hade freckles, what do you think it is?

I have some discoloration on my cheeks that resemble freckles.  I have never hade freckles,  what do you think it is?

Pigmentation: Freckles are usually caused by sun exposure--you may not get these until later in life. Other conditions can exacerbate formation of pigment including photosensitizing meds (certain oral antibiotics, birth control pills, hormones, diuretics, accutane), topical photosensitizers (retin-a, glycolic acid, levulan), procedures such as chemical acid peels, photodynamic therapy, resurfacing lasers. ...Read more

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I have a brownish redish discoloration between my butt cheeks. Is there anything i can do to make it go away?

Not really: This is not uncommon and probably normal for you. It is not an indicator of bad hygiene, just pigmented skin in this area. Some people have this area "bleached, " but i would be very careful about that. Be well! ...Read more

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What causes discoloration patches on my cheeks? They are lighter than my normal skin tone and quite distinguishable.

What causes discoloration patches on my cheeks? They are lighter than my normal skin tone and quite distinguishable.

You don't specify...: ...Your age. Pityriasis alba (literally "white spots") is common in children but unusual in adults. Tinea versicolor, a superficial yeast colonization, can occur on the face, and can create light spots. Vitiligo can occur on the face, but the patches are white, not merely lighter than surrounding skin. You really should have a dermatologist take a direct look and give you a precise diagnosis. ...Read more

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How do I treat pityriasis alba for my 8 year old? I am afraid he will be embarrassed in school. The discoloration is around his cheeks arm neck

See below: Treatment for this is generally use of mild topical steroids and frequent moisturizers to the areas to possibly accelerate the repigmentation process. Moisturizing very well during the winter months may help prevent summer recurrence. ...Read more

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I have a rash on my cheek that has discoloration and itches badly.

I have a rash on my cheek that has discoloration and itches badly.

See dermatologist: Itchy rash on the cheek could be hallmark of several skin as well as systemic conditions. You should see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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I have a large brown stain that looks like a burn on my cheek. I've had it for 3+ days. What could it be?

Parotid bruise: One can see a pigment change coming from the parotid gland. That is a saliva gland under your cheek. It should be very carefully checked by your ENT doctor. The color can also be a skin growth and should be checked. ...Read more

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My 9m/old daughter was diagnosed w/ glaucoma and has a portwine stain on her left cheek. Can she get that removed now? Or does she need to be older?

My 9m/old daughter was diagnosed w/ glaucoma and has a portwine stain on her left cheek. Can she get that removed now? Or does she need to be older?

Portwine stain: Lasers have made the biggest impact on treatment, because they are the sole method of destroying the cutaneous capillaries without significant damage to the overlying skin. She is not to young to be treated with the laser. Pulsed-dye laser is the treatment of choice. ...Read more

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3 blood stain like small spots inside the left cheek. Doesnt hurt. Could it be cancer?

3 blood stain like small spots inside the left cheek. Doesnt hurt. Could it be cancer?

Dark Spots: How long have the spots been there? If more than two weeks, have them evaluated. Lesions that have not resolved on their own within two weeks should always be evaluated. ...Read more