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I have white spots on my leg, arm, and hand. Is it possible to be sun damage? Should i be worried about ir?

I have white spots on my leg, arm, and hand. Is it possible to be sun damage? Should i be worried about ir?

Tinea versicolor: It's possibly tinea versicolor. It's caused by a fungus, which blocks the sunlight from activating the melanocytes (pigment cells) in your skin. With sun exposure, the skin around it tans but the fungal area stays white. You'll need a doctor's examination for a diagnosis.http://www.aad.org/dermatology-a-to-z/diseases-and-treatments/q---t/tinea-versicolor. ...Read more

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Sun Damage (Definition)

Is invisible to the naked eye but when skin is exposed to it, damage to the cellular dna is caused. Over time and multiple/long-term exposure, skin cells can show signs of damage (actinic change) that can progress to skin cancer (3 main types). Severe sunburn can cause melanoma, the most deadly kind of skin cancer, and tanning beds can do the same. Squamous and basal cell ...Read more


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I have small white spots, like points, in my skin....Only in legs and arms...Can this be a bad sign, of something is happening with my health...?

I have small white spots, like points, in my skin....Only in legs and arms...Can this be a bad sign, of something is happening with my health...?

White Spots: The most common cause of white spots on the arms and legs is guttate hyopmelanotic macules.  this long name actually refers to a very simple condition-the flat little white spots that start showing up around middle age.  they are smooth surfaced, slightly shiny and don’t itch or hurt.  they are entirely benign and don’t become cancer or anything other than a decorative nuisance.  they don’t tan. ...Read more

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I have small white spots and one bigger one popping up on my arm and legs. Is this of any concern? I am a dark skinned African American 26 years old.

I have small white spots and one bigger one popping up on my arm and legs. Is this of any concern? I am a dark skinned African American 26 years old.

See answer: Likely not a concern. The more common conditions that cause white spots in a dark skinned individual are: Idiopathic Guttate Hypomelanosis, Pityriasis Alba, Tinea Versicolor and Vitiligo. Check Google Images for the above to see if one matches your skin. If needed an online consultation at Health Tap may be helpful. You can upload images of your skin. Hope this was helpful for you. ...Read more

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My daughter just had an MRI with 3 small nonspecific white spots on the brain. But no other syms of ms. She had numbness in legs but was due to hern.Disc shown on lower MRI ?

My daughter just had an MRI with 3 small nonspecific white spots on the brain. But no other syms of ms.  She had numbness in legs but was due to hern.Disc shown on lower MRI  ?

Nonspecific: Small bright spots are frequently seen on MRI of the brain, increasing with age. Sometimes there are features that are suggestive of demyelinating disease (ms), but otherwise they are usually considered nonspecific. Anything that affects the tiny blood vessels in the brain can cause these bright spots (e.g., migraines, diabetes, hypertension, vasculitis). See a neurologist if you are worried. ...Read more

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White spots in skin on legs chest and back. Suggest remedies?

White spots in skin on legs chest and back. Suggest remedies?

White spots on skin: Many times these white spots are from a fungal infection. My patients get some relief slowly with a daily dose of Fluconazole or ketoconazole. I often recommend a ten day prescription for this. ...Read more

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My friend she had some white spots on her both legs for almost 2 years. Now they are becoming bigger an emboss. But she doesn't feel anything. Help?

Might need biopsy: Any unusual lesion on the skin that changes should be evaluated by a dermatologist or surgeon to make sure that they don't need to be biopsied or removed. ...Read more