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Large Dark Brown Spot Appeared Overnight
Spots: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes. ...Read more
A 1x4 inch red spot appeared on my knee overnight; the next day same color appeared on 2/3 of the back of my right hand. They quickly turned dark brown and have stayed that way for a week. I have appt with derm in 2 wks. No other symptoms. Any ideas?
Dermatologist: It's a good idea to consult a dermatologist in case more lesions appear in the future, but I wonder if these spots could have been caused by a bite from some sort of insect even though there was no itching. If no other skin spots appear a systemic cause is unlikely. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
I have two dark spots on my big toes (brownish color) - one on each 'knuckle' area of toe. Skin feels slightly rough there;no pain. What is it?
Shoes, Shoes: It certainly sound like you shoes may be responsible. You need better fitting shoes of better fitting feet. ...Read more
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I had sunburn and I peeled it off, and now it has turned brown more like of a dark spot, will it vanish soon?
See a dermatologist: For any mole which is growing, changing colors, or starts bleeding you should have a dermatologist evaluate it. Any moles on the sun-exposed parts of your body, especially the face, need to be monitored for skin cancer. Your nose mole may be benign but should be seen by a doctor. ...Read more
My 2 1/2 year old son has a 3 inch light brown spot on the base of his spine. When he was younger, that spot was always a dark blue/black.
Mongolian spot: This is curiously named and quite common. It is harmless though I have seen it mistaken by zealots for child abuse with disastrous consequences. Look at some photos online. Tell Junior it is his lucky spot or something. ...Read more
Flat, pinkish-brown spot that is a darker around the outside on chest. It is perfect circle, non itchy or painful Seems to be getting darker, 1/2 cm?
See dermatologist: Lesion that is darkening /changing ought to be evaluated by dermatologist ...Read more
I put toothpaste in my face last night and woke up with a big red brownish spot. What can I do for this?
Stop.: Toothpaste is not intended for facial application. Wash your face with a mild facial soap; if it fails to resolve after a few days, see your dermatologist. ...Read more
If I spot dark brown during my active pills on birthcontrol, should I use a back up method or is the pill still effective?
Breakthrough bleed: Sounds like breakthrough bleeding which occurs when you have bleeding at unscheduled times while on the pill. Brown is simply old blood that has been sitting at the back of the vagina. Often things get back to normal the next cycle. If not then schedule a visit to discuss changing brands or changing birth control methods. This is very common. Other than being annoying it is not dangerous. ...Read more
Slightly raised spot was bright red with a kinda purple center to pinkish brown with a darker center no itch no pain what could it be?
See doctor: Without actually seeing the spot, it is hard to make a diagnosis. Get in to see your doctor asap. From there, he/she can make recommendations and/or referal to dermatologist. A biopsy would help. ...Read more
I have a dark brown spot by my neck. I'm not outside much. I exercise a lot, take good care of my skin, and yesterday felt a spot on my neck?
Have it seen: Go see your doctor to look at it and make sure it is taken care of properly. Majority of these are benign and no problem; some need to be taken off. ...Read more
I suddently notices big dark spot on the side of my tongue, and there is a small dark spot on the other side of my tongue can u please help me?
Hemangioma: The dark spots may be a hemangioma of tongue. They are often raised dark or purplish growths caused by swelling and outgrowing of veins, appear like blood bubbles. They are benign but can be removed if get in the way of eating or looks unpleasant. They can appear any time, at many places. We commonly see them on older adults on lips. See dentist to confirm what you see. ...Read more
Strange spot on foot my husband had a spot appear on top of his foot the day after returning from mexico (5 days ago). Now it is darker and larger. It started as a light pink spot a little bigger than a quarter (but with assymetrical edges), and now it
One: One condition that I often see from patients returning from mexico is berloque dermatitis which is often from lime juice and sunlight. Look it up on the internet and see if this seems possible. If the size of the area is enlarging you may need to be corncerned about an infection and see you doctor sooner. ...Read more
Ok, I had my period june 30th 2012 and I started to spot on the 15th of july (dark brown in color) and I am still spotting but its redish brown, not?
More data needed: To know the importance of this unusual cycle, much more background is needed age? Previously regular? Using medicines? Etc. ...Read more
Flat, dark brown, tiny beauty spot recently appeared on cheek. Cancer?!?! currently unable to afford detmatologist.
Watch for any change: Small black spots (nevi) are common and mostly benign unless they are growing in size or changing in color (mixture of colors is worrisome for cancer). So you can watch for any changes over the next few months. If it enlorges in size or changes in color and size then you need to go see a doctor to make sure that it is not cancer.. ...Read more
I have a dark black spot on the bottom of my heel - what is it? Quarter-sized, very irregular shape, flat, dark brown color, no prior injury.
Consultation advised: An online INBOX text consultation at Health Tap may be helpful. You can upload images of your heel as well as the history of your present problem. You need to be available during the day to reply to any questions your consultant may have. Several images of the involved area in sharp focus and including closeups would be helpful. ...Read more
My periods are usually spot on. Period is a week early and it's starting off dark brown to black and extremely Thick. Some pink mucousey. TTC.
Common complaint: Irregular periods are one of the most common problems obgyns treat. If this is one time problem it usually resolves on its own. If this is a recurring problem you should be evaluated. Infections ; hormonal changes can cause spotting. If there is a concern for pregnancy then do a home pregnancy test. There are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. Schedule a visit. ...Read more
I got a flat dark brown mole removed yesterday to be tested because it had irregular shading and next to wear it was shaved is a new brown spot?
Must be part of proc: See the DR. Do you have stitches? Bruise? Was a cautery (MONSEL sol'n) used? Betadine? Not serious. ...Read more
I bite my inside cheeks, and its bleeding. To prevent sores I used Albothyl to rinsed it. It turned into dark brown spot afterwards. Is it normal?
Bad habit vs. OCD: Do you do other rituals like counting things, walking in a certain way, re-checking things over and over to keep danger away? If so, PERHAPS it is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Please see your doctor. "The Boy who Couldn't Stop Washing" is a helpful book. Peace and good health. ...Read more
I have a brown spot in ridge of my hand that I picked at and removed. It returned and shrunk to the size of a dot, now slightly larger, still in ridge
Maybe a wart:
You need to have it looked at to see if it is a wart
don't pick at it otherwise no one will be able to recognize what it is ...Read more
I started to spot a week after my period what does this mean? I started on the 1st and got off on the 6th its been a week or so since I been off my period and I started to spot but its darker then normal its almost a brown what does this mean
Usually brown blood is considered old blood. This is likely some remnants of your last period that are coming down. If you have associated itching, irritation, or odor, then you may be dealing with an infectious process, and you should see your doctor.
Take care. ...Read more
I have a dark spot on the back of my head that is fairly large in size. Sometimes it has an itch to it, however, I've never had this issue before. I've done some research and the best conclusion that I could make was that it may be Melasma but I've heard
Dark spot on head: It could certainly be melasma - if it is cosmetically unappealing - then there are several different treatments available to lighten the area. To be certain this is what it is a biopsy might be in order Good luck ...Read more
My 3 year old daughter developed a strange light brown spot on her heel overnight. What could it be?
Chemical stain?: A light brown spot that appears overnight (not a tiny new mole) with no other changes of the skin surface, is most likely a chemical stain. Juices of certain fruits and plants can stain the skin, especially if exposed to sunlight. Another reason for spots is ink (markers, art supplies, etc.). If all else is fine, then the spot should go away in 1-3 weeks. A primary care doctor can check the spot. ...Read more
My 65 year old father has a large dark spot on his lower back with small bumps on it. What might it be?
Needs to be seen: Rashes and spots are hard to describe in word. A dermatologist needs to look at a "large dark spot" with "bumps on it". At age 65, there have been plenty of years, enough to develop skin cancer... which means this should be checked very soon by a doctor. If one cannot get to a doctor, there are some eMedicine dermatologists who can at least provide advice via a virtual appointment by smartphone. ...Read more
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