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Do the white patches (hypopigmentation) that follow an eczema outbreak usually go away?

Do the white patches (hypopigmentation) that follow an eczema outbreak usually go away?

With time: With time (usually months), the lighter patches should gradually improve. Make sure to moisturize regularly with a hypoallergenic frangrance-free product. ...Read more

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Dr. Fernando Scaglia
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Hypopigmentation (Definition)

Hypopigmentation is a medical term describing areas of skin that are lighter in color than the rest of the skin. It can be present from birth or be caused by a number of conditions such as vitiligo (an autoimmune condition), fungal infection, ...Read more


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Hi I am suffered from eczema over 19yrs. some area of my skin has hypopigmentation over years. Can the pigment return? What should I do?

Hi I am suffered from eczema over 19yrs. some area of my skin has hypopigmentation over years. Can the pigment return? What should I do?

See dermatologist: If the areas of hypo pigmentation are due to steroid creams it is unlikely the pigment will return. See a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Will the white patches (hypopigmentation) that follow an exzema outbreak go away?

Yes: Usually hypopigmentation from inflammation such as in eczema will resolve once the eczema is treated, but it can take time. Remember, that area of skin may tan differently than the surrounding skin. Wear your sunscreen and sun protection to minimize that contrast and avoid burns. Note: if scars from deep scratching exists, those color changes may be permanent. ...Read more

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Is patch testing necessary if I have eczema?

Is patch testing necessary if I have eczema?

For what: If you have lots of allergies and want to know what you are allergic to then it could be helpful. If you dermatologist is wanting to send you to the allergist then you may have more than one type of skin rash. ...Read more

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Does sun exposure help heal white patches left from eczema?

Does sun exposure help heal white patches left from eczema?

It can: It sounds like you have postinflammatory hypopigmentation. If this is truly the case and there hasn't been much scarring in the area, reasonable sun exposure can help repigment the area. ...Read more

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Is it normal for eczema patches to develope hard, firm nodules?

Is it normal for eczema patches to develope hard, firm nodules?

Prurigo Nodule: Nodular prurigo can occur at all ages but mainly in adults aged 20-60 years. Both sexes are equally affected. The individual prurigo nodule is a firm lump, 1-3 cm in diameter, often with a raised warty surface. The early lesion may start as a smaller red itchy bump. Crusting and scaling may cover recently scratched lesions. Older lesions may be darker or paler than surrounding skin. ...Read more

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Doctors can you tell me why do I enjoy hurting my own eczema patches?

Doctors can you tell me why do I enjoy hurting my own eczema patches?

Avoid Scratching: Not sure why you enjoy "hurting" your eczema but I can tell you that scratching your eczema patches will only make your skin condition worse. Take OTC antihistamines and use daily moisturizers to help reduced the itching sensation causing you to pick at your lesions. ...Read more

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I'm worried because my eczema is red but there are some brown patches, should I be concerned, what do you suggest?

I'm worried because my eczema is red but there are some brown patches, should I be concerned, what do you suggest?

Post inflammatory: often times the redness of eczema can turn dark or brown as a result of the resolving rash especially in darker skin types. Typically I start my patients on lightening agents once their eczema is under control and add beta hydroxy peels. ...Read more