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I have a sunburn on my shoulders that has white spots on it. They're raised a little bit and rough, but they aren't blisters. What could they be?

I have a sunburn on my shoulders that has white spots on it. They're raised a little bit and rough, but they aren't blisters. What could they be?

Sunburn..: Hello ~ these are little blebs on the skin containing serum as a result of the UV damage to the skin. Don't pop them they will disappear as the inflammation of the sunburn dissipates. Thanks

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Are sunburned little white spots on shoulders normal?

Are sunburned little white spots on shoulders normal?

No: This probably is tinea versicolor which is a infection caused by a yeast-like organism which lives on the skin. Sun exposure can active an infectiion which causes bleaching of the skin.

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I had a sunburn and I started peeling it kind of stopped but some of my skin is tan and with white spots will it stay 4 ever?

I had a sunburn and I started peeling it kind of stopped but some of my skin is tan and with white spots will it stay 4 ever?

Not likely: Sunburns with peeling often will leave the skin with pigment alterations. Unless the sunburn was very severe, it is unlikely that the pigment discrepancy will be permanent. However, to give your skin the best chance to return to normal, please wear spf 30+ sunscreen to the areas. Any sunlight exposure on skin with pigment alterations will make it more likely to be long lasting or permanent.

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Got a fairly severe sunburn, it started to peel & I peeled some skin prematurely. Now I have tiny, white spots covering my chest. Are these permanent?

Got a fairly severe sunburn, it started to peel & I peeled some skin prematurely. Now I have tiny, white spots covering my chest. Are these permanent?

No if care immediat: Sunburns are different types and not all people equal. The darker the skin type 6 are less prone and type one with least melanin pigment get the worst. Peeling is a natural hpmeostasis mechanics trying to get rid of dead epithelial cells and build new. I recommend keep area covered with sterile gauze and use topical antibiotics and silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) cream. You may need systemic antibiotics. See MD. Now

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I had white spots from a previous sunburn. Went out and even with sunscreen they got burned again. Now I have tiny bumps on where I got burned. Help?

I had white spots from a previous sunburn. Went out and even with sunscreen they got burned again. Now I have tiny bumps on where I got burned. Help?

Help?: You have blisters from being burned. You need to let your skin heal. No potions. Time and staying out of the sun while healing is indicated here.

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Got a bad sunburn months ago, it started to peel & I peeled it before it was ready. Now I have tiny, white spots covering my chest that won't go away.

Got a bad sunburn months ago, it started to peel & I peeled it before it was ready. Now I have tiny, white spots covering my chest that won't go away.

Sun damage: Those "white spots" are likely areas of low pigmentation brought about by damage to the melanocytes (cells that make pigment) from the sunburn. It may take a year for them to kick back in and for your skin to look normal color again. In the meantime, make sure you use sunscreen daily and pamper your skin in next few months with moisturizers and avoidance of irritants.

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After a month of sunburn I noticed that I have white spots on my arms and body. Some are large and without shape it does not itch. What can I do?

After a month of sunburn I noticed that I have white spots on my arms and body. Some are large and without shape it does not itch. What can I do?

Skin changes: It sounds like you need to visit a dermatologist. There is a possibility that you may have Tinea versicolor, which is a non-contagious fungus which causes light or dark circles which may coalesce into larger areas. It is important to wear sunscreen and avoid sunburn. Sun damage can lead to serious skin conditions including skin cancer. Remember to protect yourself from the sun.

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Hi. I've notice several white spots on my skin after sunbathing. I use sunscreen + had not had sunburn. Size varies they're symmetrical. No Itching?

See Your Doctor: Sun exposure causes production of the pigment Melanin which both darkens the skin (tanning) and absorbs harmful UV radiation. Certain medical conditions can impair the skin's ability to tan. Additionally minor skin trauma, rashes, infections, & more may cause temporary lack of tanning in affected areas with recovery over time. See your doctor for proper evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment.

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Got a sunburn that left white spots & was told melanocytes were damaged. How can I speed up the recovery & have my skin tone looking normal/even FAST?

Got a sunburn that left white spots & was told melanocytes were damaged. How can I speed up the recovery & have my skin tone looking normal/even FAST?

Cant: You can not speed up the process the melanocytes ar e either in shock in which case the pigment issues will resolve in time or they dies in which the white spots are permanent. Avoid repeat sun insult to the area

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I have a sunburn and I am using aloe Vera and I'm peeling and seeing white spots. Should I be worried? Is there anything I can use to make not visible

Dead skin cells: Unfortunately, a skin burn is 'bad news' for the skin- it's damaged and now sloughing off... so you will see the dead skin particles coming off. There's not much you can do about that... aloe might 'mask' some of the dry flakiness by adding moisture. The real issue is prevention of sunburn in the first place. It can damage skin longer term and cause cancer with repeated sunburns. See derma if Q's.

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Hi - I traveled recently, and after the sunburn my arms have got white spots and sometimes itching happens badly. Pls suggest some home remedy.

Hi - I traveled recently, and after the sunburn my arms have got white spots and sometimes itching happens badly. Pls suggest some home remedy.

Cortisone Cream: YOu can also apply AloeVera. In future do remember to wear Sun Screen and Avoid 11 to 2 Sun light for prolonged period of time.

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Think I missed a spot w/spf, got weird streaky burn. No blister or peeling but now the same spot is bruised for no reason. Can sunburns bruise?

Think I missed a spot w/spf, got weird streaky burn. No blister or peeling but now the same spot is bruised for no reason. Can sunburns bruise?

Sure: When you burn your skin you are destroying and injuring it so some level of bruising is possible. Good luck if it worsens please get checked by your doctor

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After getting a sun burn on my shoulders I have white spots what could it be?

Loss of pigment: Repeated sun burns tend to result in areas of irregular pigmentation and areas of pigment loss.

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I have been previously sun burnt a few times on my back. Lately I have found small white spots on my shoulders. Any ideas what it could be? Dangerous?

I have been previously sun burnt a few times on my back. Lately I have found small white spots on my shoulders. Any ideas what it could be? Dangerous?

A few possibilities: This is likely to be a benign, treatable condition- both tinea versicolor (a mild fungal infection) and vitiligo come to mind. A totally flat, hypopigmented lesion is relatively unlikely to represent skin cancer. See your pcp or dermatologist to confirm diagnosis and discuss treatment.

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What are the causes of blisters and white spots on your tonsils?

What are the causes of blisters and white spots on your tonsils?

Several causes: Blisters on the tonsils usually means a viral illness. White spots can mean viral, bacterial or fungal (yeast). If you are having a problem get seen by your pcp or an ent.

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I have 3 white spots under the penishead that can be removed like blisters, but there are visible spots where they were and grows back shortly after?

Exam: Time to get tested for STD and examined. The blistering is suspicious for HSV2 (herpes genitlais) and apparently you have tried to removed these blisters yourself. Condoms and examination.

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I have what looks like blisters on one of my tonsils. It doesn't look like strep (they aren't white spots) more like blisters?

I have what looks like blisters on one of my tonsils. It doesn't look like strep (they aren't white spots) more like blisters?

R/O TONSILITIS: You need an exam and throat culture. Blisters tend to be viral ie HSV1 vs HSV2. Other viruses may cause blisters as well. While u are waiting gargle with salt water/VITc 5gm /zing 100mg and lots of ginger tea

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I have been having small blisters on my fingers. It is gone now but now I have small white spots on the palm of my hand. Should I be worried?

I have been having small blisters on my fingers. It is gone now but now I have small white spots on the palm of my hand. Should I be worried?

May be related: The white spots may be related to the blisters on your fingers. There are many different things that can cause that type of rash. If it persists, you should have the rash checked.

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