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I have light brown spots on my back after a bad sunburn, should I be concerned?

I have light brown spots on my back after a bad sunburn, should I be concerned?

Ask your doctor: I would see a dermatologist who can determine if that is a normal after effect or actual cancerous indication. He/she would best be able to say based on your health and medical history, skin care etc. Stay out of the sun and wear sun screen as even a little exposure can be hurtful. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sunburn (Definition)

An intense inflammatory response to excessive sun exposure that represents the body's reaction to the tissue damage resulting ...Read more


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Hello. Years ago I was sunburned on my chest. I took care of it and it got better. Now, years later, I noticed that I have a couple of brown spots.

Hello. Years ago I was sunburned on my chest. I took care of it and it got better. Now, years later, I noticed that I have a couple of brown spots.

Have evaluated: New spots like this shoudl be evaluated by a medical provider in-person. Any severe sunburn can certainly initiate cellular damage that can progress to skin cancer, but most skin cancers are very treatable when they are caught early. ...Read more

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I had sunburn on the tip of my ears it became crusty and pealed now there are small brown spots that are not noticeable unless you look at closely?

I had sunburn on the tip of my ears it became crusty and pealed now there are small brown spots that are not noticeable unless you look at closely?

Normal skin response: Our skin tries to protect us from the damaging rays of the sun. If your skin on the ears peeled, that means you actually got a deep 1st-mild 2nd degree burn! Your skin didn't like that, so it is making more coloring (pigment from mole cells) to protect the deeper layers of skin from further damage. This frecking is often permanent and is a signal from your body to use sunscreen!!! Take care! ...Read more

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I got a really bad sunburn while I was away on vacation (2 months ago). Now my shoulders break out in pimples and light brown spots. What could it be?

I got a really bad sunburn while I was away on vacation (2 months ago). Now my shoulders break out in pimples and light brown spots. What could it be?

Sun damage: Stay out the sun and keep the area covered. Hopefully this will heal. If not, see a dermatologist. All the best. Remember the danger of sun exposure. ...Read more

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The tip of my ears got sunburned it has pealed but there is small brown spots could this be cancer or just a freckling?

The tip of my ears got sunburned it has pealed but there is small brown spots could this be cancer or just a freckling?

Sunscreen: If the sunburn just recently occurred and this is the first major sun damage to the area it is highly unlikely for any cancerous lesion to be present as the type that is most common (basal cell carcinoma) is the result of repetitive significant sun damage. Monitor the area and be sure to use sunscreen daily of at least SPF 30 and look for one that blocks both UVA and UVB rays. ...Read more

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Daughter has small brown spots on both feet, just came back from beach and has sun burn?

Daughter has small brown spots on both feet, just came back from beach and has sun burn?

What's the question?: 1) she has brown spots…….
2) she has a sunburn….
are you asking if the brown spots are the sunburn?
are you asking if the sunburn ail make brown spots worse?
can you rephrase the question? ...Read more

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I had sun burn on the top of my ear and it has pellets but there are small tiny brown spots they do not look bad but I am still scared?

Don't worry, check: Is it a recent sunburn? If so, it's probably just healing skin. But if it has been a while, or you've had many others in that area, you need to see a dermatologist to rule out skin cancers. Either way, it's a good idea to let the dermatologist see you since you spend time in the sun. ...Read more

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What is Brown spots after periode?

What is Brown spots after periode?

Likely: Left over old blood being cleaned from the uterus. Take care. ...Read more

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I have brown spots appearing on my body what could it be?

I have brown spots appearing on my body what could it be?

Brown spots: Rather than guessing - encourage you to be evaluated by a physician or dermatologist. Recommend head to toe skin evaluation by a dermatologist annually. Take care. ...Read more

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Why do I get brown spots on my skin?

Why do I get brown spots on my skin?

Brown spots: One cause for brown spots on the skin are solar lentigines (AKA liver spots/ age spots). These are caused by increased melanin pigment in the skin. They can increase with age. The best way to avoid them is by avoiding sunlight and using a high SPF sunscreen. ...Read more

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How could I get brown spots on my skin?

How could I get brown spots on my skin?

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. ...Read more

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What does brown spots on your nuckles mean?

Very little: Most of the time this means very little. May be "age spots" Not serious as a rule but if just came up and getting darker, need to see your doc. If you lay out in the sun or tanning both, need to look into having your skin checked for sun related skin cancer. ...Read more

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Why do I have brown spots on my fingertips?

Don't know.: These lesions need to be visualized & a history needs to be obtained in order to make an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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What are the raised brown spots on my back?

Dermatological eval.: There can be many causes. The only way to get an accurate diagnosis will be a medical evaluation. ...Read more

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What if my baby has brown spots on his body?

What if my baby has brown spots on his body?

Brown spots?: There are many causes of hyperpigmentation. For example, Mongolian spots are common and nothing to worry about. Cafe au lait spots may need to be followed. Ask you pediatrician - since they can actually see the "brown spots" you are referring to they are in the best position to give them a name and let you know the significance. Internet "guessing" is likely only going to cause undue anxiety. ...Read more

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What does brown spots on your underwear mean?

What does brown spots on your underwear mean?

May be spotting of: Blood or other vaginal discharge. If toward the back of underwear - it could be fecal smearing. ...Read more

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What causes small flat brown spots on areola?

What causes small flat brown spots on areola?

Sound like normal: Areas of pigmentation. This can also occur with a pregnancy and remain afterward. Why are you concerned?
Hope this helps
Dr Z ...Read more

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What might cause reddish/brown spots on my skin?

Many possibilities: There are many things that may cause a discoloration of the skin. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections and cancer can cause a discoloration of the skin. Insect bites can also be the cause of a rash or a discoloration of the skin. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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I'm getting brown spots on my skin. Is this from the sun?

Maybe or maybe not: These lesions need to be visualized & a history needs to be obtained in order to make an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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