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Weird 1-ever seen an ankle sprain make skin turn tan and peel 4 weeks later? (no not sunburn) fell down stairs, ankles were wrapped during sun exposur

Weird 1-ever seen an ankle sprain make skin turn tan and peel 4 weeks later? (no not sunburn) fell down stairs, ankles were wrapped during sun exposur

No unusual: The wrapping along with swelling of tye ankle can cause discoloration of the skin. When swelling goes down the skin tends to peel/slough. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sunburn (Definition)

An intense inflammatory response to excessive exposure to the sun that causes damage ...Read more


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Is skin cancer poss. in area covered by clothing/NEVER exposed to sun? Skin C in family, always avoid sun/cover up/use spf, but suspect mole on torso.

Is skin cancer poss. in area covered by clothing/NEVER exposed to sun? Skin C in family, always avoid sun/cover up/use spf, but suspect mole on torso.

Yes: unless you have spf clothing - you still exposed. Of course it is not as common to get cancer in covered areas but known to happen. Some more dangerous types of skin cancers happen in places where sun never shines. So, see dermatology doctor to do full body skin exam. ...Read more

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Pale red dots on cheek. 18 years old. Always wore sunscreen. Never had acne. Hyper pigmentation? Underlying freckles? Uneven skin tone? Narrow down?

Pale red dots on cheek. 18 years old. Always wore sunscreen. Never had acne. Hyper pigmentation? Underlying freckles? Uneven skin tone? Narrow down?

Sorry...: But is sounds like you have narrowed down your options about as much as anyone can without actually seeing the lesions that you are referring to. Instead of narrowing it down, I could add other possibilities but that would be fruitless. If you are interested in an actual answer you will need to see a physician (primary care or dermatologist). Take care. ...Read more

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Purplish sunburn / brownish sunburn. What do the different colors mean?

Purplish sunburn / brownish sunburn. What do the different colors mean?

Purple sunburn: Purplish or brownish look to sunburn is a function of your baseline skin color and the extent of your sunburn. I recommend you see your physician for visual evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Will sunburn blister cause cancer?

Will sunburn blister cause cancer?

It is a risk factor: Sunburn blister does not cause cancer. However, it is a marker for severe skin damage from uv radiation exposure from the sun (or tanning bed). Uv radiation can cause damage to the dna of skin cells, resulting in skin cancer in some people. Common skin cancers associated with sun exposure are basl cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. ...Read more

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Can a scratched malignant melanoma/amelanotic nodular melanoma heal to look like normal skin?

Can a scratched malignant melanoma/amelanotic nodular melanoma heal to look like normal skin?

They grow deep.: It's doubtful that a melanoma with the top scratched off in any way would appear like normal skin, as they tend to grow deep and not superficially. But if there's really any concern about melanoma, see a Dermatologist right away. ...Read more

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Does neutrogena moisturizer SPF 15 really protect you from the sun's uv rays?

Does neutrogena moisturizer SPF 15 really protect you from the sun's uv rays?

SPF: In moisturizer is helpful but it is not the same as applying sunscreen. Consider a higher spf. ...Read more

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I'm scaeed. Can plantar warts indicate foot melanoma?

I'm scaeed. Can plantar warts indicate foot melanoma?

No: Plantar warts do not cause melanoma. However melanoma can develop on the soles of your hands and feet. See your dermatologist to make the correct diagnosis. ...Read more

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Will facial scars darken in south of france(warmm) if i apply total sunblock. scars are already flat and red. thanks verg much?

Will facial scars darken in south of france(warmm) if i apply total sunblock. scars are already flat and red. thanks verg much?

It is possible : Healing scars always have the chance of darkening in direct sunlight. If you are going to be out in it do your best to wear sunscreen and a wide brim hat that covers your face to mitigate any darkening. It still may occur however. ...Read more

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Is vichy self tanner cream good?does it cause cancer or wrinkles..?is itl better than sun tanning and tanning bed?

Is vichy self tanner cream good?does it cause cancer or wrinkles..?is itl better than sun tanning and tanning bed?

Healthtap doctors: are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines. Tan in a can is usually safer than sun tanning or using a tanning bed. The latter can increase risk for skin cancer. ...Read more

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Does sun exposure spread Fordyce spots?

Does sun exposure spread Fordyce spots?

Here are some ...: Since Fordyce's spots are ectopic sebaceous glands beneath the skin, sunlight would not grow their size, but of course, as expected, the overlying skin may darken leading to potential deceptive look, which you may like them. So, no effect and no harm from Fordyce's spots. More? Seek pro-evaluation & counseling preferably from dermatologist timely. Best wishes... ...Read more

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Does Rosacea appear Brown after Sun exposure? Does Lupus Malar appear Brown after Sun exposure? What type of Butterfly Rash turns Brown in Sun?

Does Rosacea appear Brown after Sun exposure? Does Lupus Malar appear Brown after Sun exposure? What type of Butterfly Rash turns Brown in Sun?

Malar rash: Melasma is a very common patchy brown, tan, or blue-gray facial skin discoloration, usually seen in women in the reproductive years. It typically appears on the upper cheeks, upper lip, forehead, and chin. Lupus may cause a butterfly rash which can be exacerbated by the sun. A malar rash associated with lupus may be erythematous (red) or brown. ...Read more

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Itchy mosquito bite like bumps where the sun doesn't shine..?"is it possible to have skin cancer where the sun never shines?"

Itchy mosquito bite like bumps where the sun doesn't shine..?"is it possible to have skin cancer where the sun never shines?"

Yes, but: Skin cancer can occur at any site, it is more common in sun exposed areas. What you described does not fit with skin cancer. If the lesions persist for more than two weeks, you should consult your doctor to avoid getting the lesions infected. ...Read more

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Hyperflexible joints, but no dislocations; thin, elastic skin w/ atrophic scars, but bruising regular; poor circulation; GI issues; ehlers danlos?

Hyperflexible joints, but no dislocations; thin, elastic skin w/ atrophic scars, but bruising regular; poor circulation; GI issues; ehlers danlos?

Could be: There are multiple types of ehlers danlos that vary in symptoms and severity. It is am inherited disorder so you should see a family history of similar symptoms. ...Read more

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Aloe sunburn spray good on blistered skin?

Aloe sunburn spray good on blistered skin?

Great Idea: Sunburn is response of the tissues to injury from solar radiation. It is simply inflammation which means increase blood flow to the area to promote healing. Do not use ice as this can injure already injured skin. Cool water soaks can help as can taking anti-inflammation medicines like Motrin or advil (ibuprofen). Avoid any further damage as this can cause scarring . Good skin cream applied daily/gently helps. ...Read more