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Doctor insights on: Grey Patches On Skin

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Dr. Payam Rafat Dr. Rafat
Podiatry
18 years in practice
New York College of Podiatric Medicine
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My inner thighs have patches of grey skin. What is it and what is the cause?

My inner thighs have patches of grey skin. What is it and what is the cause?

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. Saurabh Lodha Dr. Lodha
Dermatology
9 years in practice
New York University School of Medicine
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What are the small flat grey skin patches all over my legs?

What are the small flat grey skin patches all over my legs?

Keratoses: They are likely benign lesions known as stucko keratoses. These generally occur in people of your age group. Because they're a wide variety of skin lesions which can appear gray in color, it is a good idea to see your dermatologist. In the office, they may feel and see the lesions you are describing. Although rare, some potentially dangerous skin conditions can appear this way as well.

Dr. M. Christine Lee Dr. Lee
Dermatology
24 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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What could cause gray patches on the skin above the eyebrows and upper lip?

What could cause gray patches on the skin above the eyebrows and upper lip?

Melasma: Melasma is caused by hormones in women usually associated with pregnancy, oral contraceptives, hormonal replacement therapy, etc. It can appear brown, gray, or brown-black. Other causes of gray discoloration are sun damage, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, reaction to medications (ie: minocycline).

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Dr. Otto Placik Dr. Placik
Surgery - Plastics
30 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Gray patches on my skin that, when scratched, produce dry, almost granular contents first appeared on ankles... Now higher on legs. Any ideas?

Gray patches on my skin that, when scratched, produce dry, almost granular contents first appeared on ankles... Now higher on legs. Any ideas?

Dry flaky leg skin: Given the description it sounds as if you may have hyperkeratosis associated with venous stasis dermatitis but that is only a guess. Gentle exfoliation, moisturizers and support hose (medical grade) could help but I would seek the advice of a dermatologist or your primary care physician.

Dr. Johanna Fricke Dr. Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
46 years in practice
University of Alabama School of Medicine
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Piebaldism: born with a blonde (not white/gray) hair patch in the front of my head. Now lost color to a patch of forehead skin. Can it spread this way?

Piebaldism: born with a blonde (not white/gray) hair patch in the front of my head. Now lost color to a patch of forehead skin. Can it spread this way?

Mutations of either: The KIT gene on Chr. 4q12 or the SNA12 gene on Chr. 8q11, inherited in an Autosomal Dominant fashion, cause Piebaldism. I found 1 case report of ^ing hypopigmented skin patches, thought to be from instability of melanocytes, pigment-producing cells, caused by the specific mutation. Your dermatologist can check for more spots with & without a Woods lamp. See ghr. Nlm. Nih. Gov/condition/piebaldism.

Dr. Donald Colantino Dr. Colantino
Internal Medicine
57 years in practice
Tufts University School of Medicine
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Dr. Nicholas Martin Dr. Martin
Family Medicine
45 years in practice
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
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What causes a grey tinit to your skin?

Lack of oxygen or bl: A number of etiologies can cause abnormal tinted skin. Anemia, hypoxia (low oxygen), elevated adrenaline, and the many causes leading to the above listed abnormalities. Anything that causes marked vasoconstriction. Certain toxic heavy metals must be considered as a possible etiology. See your M.D. Or D.O.

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Dr. Oscar Novick Dr. Novick
Pediatrics
54 years in practice
University of Bern Faculty of Medicine
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Dr. Nadine Yamusah Dr. Yamusah
Internal Medicine
years in practice
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Finding small grey stones in my bed that are flat and easily broken. No fluid on them; dry. They are under my back or around my head area. What is I?

Finding small grey stones in my bed that are flat and easily broken. No fluid on them; dry. They are under my back or around my head area. What is I?

Strange but: Before you go to bed tonight, change your sheets and covers, wash you hair thoroughly in the shower and brush it out before you go to bed and see what happens

Dr. Jovita Anyanwu Dr. Anyanwu
Internal Medicine
26 years in practice
Lyceum Northwestern, Dr. Francisco Q. Duque Medical Foundation
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The skin between my butt cheeks is bruised has a grey colour?

The skin between my butt cheeks is bruised has a grey colour?

Sorry: To hear that. Did you have an injury and I am not sure what your question is?

Dr. Joseph Eastern Dr. Eastern
Dermatology
40 years in practice
UC San Francisco School of Medicine
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Dark gray brown spots on my exposed skin at 59?

Marks of maturity: The technical name is "lentigo" (plural: "lentigines"), and they are caused by many short exposures to sunlight over many years. Dermatologists treat them by freezing them with liquid nitrogen, or vaporizing them with various kinds of lasers.

Dr. Amy Miller Dr. Miller
Family Medicine
21 years in practice
Saint Louis University School of Medicine
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Why does my skin tint grey/blue/purple when cold and red when hot?

Why does my skin tint grey/blue/purple when cold and red when hot?

Skin rainbow: Most likely these color changes are due to the vascular response (blood vessles) in the skin. When we are hot, the vessles dialate so more blood can flow thru and release heat to the environemnt. Its one of natures way of cooling us down. The more blood in the skin the redder it will look. The opposite happens when it is cold, the vessles constrict and you can get that blue/grey hue.

Dr. Laura Yauch Dr. Yauch
Family Medicine
years in practice
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
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I am a natural red head and I'm 26 years old but has a god portion of grey highligts already what is the cause?

I am a natural red head and I'm 26 years old but has a god portion of grey highligts already what is the cause?

Grey hair: Early graying of hair tends to run along family lines. Genetics are the most likely cause.

Dr. Robert Jackson Dr. Jackson
Dermatology
39 years in practice
Meharry Medical College School of Medicine
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Dr. Mary Engrav Dr. Engrav
Emergency Medicine
27 years in practice
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My son is 3 years old and I see gray and white strands of hair on his head. What should I do? I have noticed that the hair on his head is turning white and gray. Should I be worried? What should I do?

My son is 3 years old and I see gray and white strands of hair on his head. What should I do? I have noticed that the hair on his head is turning white and gray. Should I be worried? What should I do?

The: The best thing would be to take him to your pediatrician and see if he has a possible nutritional deficiency or hormonal imbalance. They can perform tests to be sure there is no obvious cause of this, and as that is quite a rare problem in a 3 year old he will need a complete evaluation.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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No weeing or pooing for a week yellow and grey skin colour delerious vomiting?

No weeing or pooing for a week yellow and grey skin colour delerious vomiting?

Get medical care NOW: If you have been vomiting to the point you haven't urinated in a week and may be delerious - you need to be transported to an emergency for hydration at a minimum

Dr. John Scuba Dr. Scuba
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
21 years in practice
University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio
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Can some skin cancers be light blue or gray spots?

Can some skin cancers be light blue or gray spots?

Skin cancers: Skin cancers can masquerade as many things depending on natural skin tone and pigmentation, and other skin properties, such as freckling. The most important thing to do is report changes in any spot on your skin to your doctor or dermatologist. The most dangerous skin cancer, melanoma, is a pigmented cancer and something that requires expert evaluation.

Dr. Carla Enriquez Dr. Enriquez
Pediatrics
46 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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What could cause grey hair to grow around a bump on my head?

What could cause grey hair to grow around a bump on my head?

Melanin break down: Gray hairs around a bump (wen, mole, cyst, birthmark) usually don't have sufficient melanin, so they appear gray. This is very common.

Dr. Anthony Leazzo Dr. Leazzo
Family Medicine
19 years in practice
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
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