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My 22 month old has a small purple spot on the top of her head on her scalp, what could this be?

My 22 month old has a small purple spot on the top of her head on her scalp, what could this be?

Picture please: It'd help so much better if a picture of it was sent for review. Also, historical data - how long it's been there, is it growing or changing? Anything make it worse? These things matter so you would need to either supply this info here or take your child to a local doc. ...Read more

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What could a small black and purple spot just above my pinky toe nail be? It appeared about 2 months ago and is not raised on the skin.

What could a small black and purple spot just above my pinky toe nail be? It appeared about 2 months ago and is not raised on the skin.

See a podiatrist: There are many things a black to purple spot can be. It could be a bruise, blood blister, a mole, or some other skin lesion. I would recommend seeing a podiatrist or dermatologist. Either should be able to examine and make a determination as to whether the lesion should be biopsied, removed, or left alone. Ole. ...Read more

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I have a very light blue/purple/gray spot on my leg. It is very small. I thought it was a bruise but it does not hurt. Could it be skin cancer?

I have a very light blue/purple/gray spot on my leg. It is very small. I thought it was a bruise but it does not hurt. Could it be skin cancer?

See your derm: While skin cancer in a 21 year old is rare, it does occur occasionally. Any new skin lesion or one that is changing should be brought to the attention of your dermatologist.

And remember to protect your skin. Wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and try to cover up as much as possible when outdoors for prolonged periods of time. ...Read more

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My wife has purple spot on skin on her thigh and calves. What are the causes and what is the treatment?

Angiomas: What may be a small red to purple papule that is a normal finding on most skin. They usually develop in adulthood and have no medical complication. If the spots are sudden and only in one area, have your dermatologist assess the area for your concern. ...Read more

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I have a purple spot on my penis head. What can it be?

I have a purple spot on my penis head. What can it be?

See Your Doctor: Unfortunately, it is something that would need to be seen to diagnose. Please see your doctor to have it checked out. ...Read more

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I have a purple spot on my right bicep the size of an eraser head. I don't recall hitting it on anything. Doesn't hurt. Been there 3 or 4 days. Ideas?

I have a purple spot on my right bicep the size of an eraser head. I don't recall hitting it on anything. Doesn't hurt. Been there 3 or 4 days. Ideas?

Unlikely dangerous: Unlikely to be anything to be concerned about if it has only been there a few days. Will likely vanish on it's own. If it persists or worsens, have someone look at it. ...Read more

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After lots of itching what seems like small blood spots show up under my skin. They are flat and dark purplish. Size: pin dots to small mosquito bites?

After lots of itching what seems like small blood spots show up under my skin. They are flat and dark purplish. Size: pin dots to small mosquito bites?

Cause of itch?: Whatever the cause of the itching, repeated scratching will cause skin spots and lesions as a result. Sometimes moisturizing cream can help. Or calomine lotion if the itching continues. See your doctor if not better in a week. ...Read more

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The skin on my buttox is very bad I get acne and when the spot goes a purple mark remains, there are lots of purple pink dots on there, what should I do?

The skin on my buttox is very bad I get acne and when the spot goes a purple mark remains, there are lots of purple pink dots on there, what should I do?

BUTTOCK ACNE: While it's not a common area to get acne, it can occur there. Sweating can plug up the oil glands in the skin of the buttocks causing this problem. Use an acne wash, apply an otc benzoyl peroxide cream on it twice daily and stop eating nuts and peanut butter. Also cut out all chocolate, and reduce the milk, cheese, and dairy intake. See a dermatologist if it doesn't improve. ...Read more

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Infected pimple healed weeks ago & skin closed, but still a quarter-sized, slightly swollen, slightly painful red/purple spot (no open skin). Need Dr?

Infected pimple healed weeks ago & skin closed, but still a quarter-sized, slightly swollen, slightly painful red/purple spot (no open skin). Need Dr?

Healing Inflammation: The redness/purpleness of a healed abscess (skin infection) can take a few months to resolve. The skin will remain firm, slightly tender and have a purple/red color for some time after the infection itself has healed. This is the scar tissue healing and settling. If the area back tracks and get swollen, hot and tender again, you will need to see a doctor. Hang in there. ...Read more

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I have a light purple/pink spot on the skin of my knee cap It sometimes itches scratching makes white crust to come off it and it sometimes weeps too

I have a light purple/pink spot on the skin of my knee cap It sometimes itches scratching makes white crust to come off it and it sometimes weeps too

Sounds like LSC: Lichen simplex chronicus is the thickening of your skin after chronic itching and scratching. If you scratch hard enough you can cause weeping and even secondary infection. Try aquaphor and AM lactam to reduce itching and help healing. Sometimes you may need prescription strength cordran tape to help from derm. ...Read more

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Why are my veins bursting under my skin? There is a big spot on my stomach that is red, purple, and black. It burns so bad

Why are my veins bursting under my skin? There is a big spot on my stomach that is red, purple, and black. It burns so bad

Leaky veins: Bruising from veins under the skin may arise from trauma or represent defective blood clotting due to platelet disorders, cancer, vitamin deficiency, toxins, speen or liver problems. See you doctor soon for an exam and lab tests. ...Read more

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Purple lump on hip. Lump is under skin. Sore to touch. Hurts a lot when wearing belt. There was always a purpke spot there for a few years. Worried?

Get a medical exam: If you have any new growth, you need to ahvea physical exam by your doctor. If there is a lump/growth or tumor an x-ray can be used to confirm it. A biopsy may be required if there is a definite lump as that is the only way to make a diagnosis of the cause of any new lump. ...Read more

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I have a red/purple spot type thing just after where my skin and nipple meat, it's very sore to touch and its not got a head or anything on it?

Infection: May have an infection called Mastitis which can get very serious and become and abscess. This needs to be evaluated by a physician today. ...Read more

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I have a dark purple spot appeared on my skin under my eye, my eye is sore, itchy and weeping and slight blurry vision?

I have a dark purple spot appeared on my skin under my eye, my eye is sore, itchy and weeping and slight blurry vision?

Pigmented lesion: You should see an oculoplastic surgeon for consideration of observation or biopsy of pigmented area. ...Read more

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My friend has a purple spot on the side of his nose, just down from his eye. He won't go to a doctor. Could it be skin cancer?

My friend has a purple spot on the side of his nose, just down from his eye. He won't go to a doctor. Could it be skin cancer?

Lesions: All suspicious lesions that are pigmented - and have changed in appearance (border irregularity) or grown deserve a biopsy to ensure its not a cancer. See your primary physician to be sure. ...Read more

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I have got purple spots on top of my head?

I have got purple spots on top of my head?

Insect bite: Can be dry skin, insect bite, inflamed hair follicular, allergy to shampoo, etc. Check with dermatologist if not resolved. ...Read more

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I had a bad fall and my lower back locked on me. Now I have purple, reddish spots on skin in the same place it's locked. What is that?

I had a bad fall and my lower back locked on me. Now I have purple, reddish spots on skin in the same place it's locked. What is that?

Bruise?: Is it like a bruise? Could be secondary to fall and a bruise, local hematoma. Or have you put heating pad on it or some muscle cream, gel that you reacted to locally? ...Read more

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My daughter had pointed out these reddish purple spots on the back of my head that were never there before. Not itchy or raised up.?

My daughter had pointed out these reddish purple spots on the back of my head that were never there before. Not itchy or raised up.?

Mgt: It may be a contact dermatitis, if it spreads or is associated with other symptoms, medication may be needed. In the meantime, wash the area with a hypoallergenic soap such as Dove. ...Read more

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I trim my hair very short with a trimmer and have noticed 2 purple in color spots appear on my head. They don't hurt. Cause and treatment please.

I trim my hair very short with a trimmer and have noticed 2 purple in color spots appear on my head. They don't hurt. Cause and treatment please.

Moles?: Are these raised? Might be a form of nevus which has blood vessels in it giving it this color? Can you send a picture? A dermatologist can easily identify and remove these if you would like. ...Read more

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I'm getting some purple/black spots on skin, which are itchy and scaling?

I'm getting some purple/black spots on skin, which are itchy and scaling?

Depends...: Duration, size, Exposure to animals, any new chemical exposure gives clue. Try Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for itching and see PMD. ...Read more

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I washed my nose with a facial rock then it peel off my skin and dry it off now it's heeling but I have purple/dark spots on my nose what should I do?

I washed my nose with a facial rock then it peel off my skin and dry it off now it's heeling but I have purple/dark spots on my nose what should I do?

Wait for 2-4 weeks: Most facial peels take 2-4 weeks for primary healing and another 4-6 weeks for complete healing. The purplish spots are usually benign or indicate blood near the surface. Occasionally they can be more significant indicating conditions like rosacea or skin cancer. Wait at least 4 weeks, but preferably 10 weeks from the peel. If still visible, then see a skin doctor ...Read more