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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 ...Read more

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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Hi there, I went to Hawaii and had a bad burn on my thigh. It is painful a week later and has a few white spots. There's one red little bump/blister.

Hi there, I went to Hawaii and had a bad burn on my thigh. It is painful a week later and has a few white spots. There's one red little bump/blister.

Below: Keep the area in question moisturized and clean.
Do not "pop" the blister, let it resolve by itself
When the blister does leak fluid, then remove the skin on top, and clean the area. Then apply bacitracin over the area. ...Read more

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Have had a fever over 100 for 5 days and now my throat is starting to hurt. Now I have white spots on my tonsils and blister things back of throat?

Have had a fever over 100 for 5 days and now my throat is starting to hurt. Now I have white spots on my tonsils and blister things back of throat?

See a doctor ASAP!: Your symptoms suggest a few possibilities. It's possible you have a simple viral infection (like a cold), you should be checked for streptococcal pharyngitis (strep throat) and infectious mononucleosis (mono). Strep can lead to scarlet fever or rheumatic fever (very dangerous) if not treated soon. Mono can lead to liver problems, spleen enlargement and even spleen rupture. Please get checked asap! ...Read more

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Blisters&or white spots back of 2yr old throat really hurting him. What can be done to soothe? Already on tylenol (acetaminophen) and ib profin to control fever. 

Blisters&or white spots back of 2yr old throat really hurting him. What can be done to soothe? Already on tylenol (acetaminophen) and ib profin to control fever. 

Popsicles!: Sucking on popsicles can help numb up an achy throat. Plus: fun flavors. Hope your little one is feeling better soon. ...Read more

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Blister like bumpson back of throat. No white spots but throat sore/painful when swallowing also ears and hurts. Any ideas on what this is?

Blister like bumpson back of throat. No white spots but throat sore/painful when swallowing also ears and hurts. Any ideas on what this is?

Viral infection: Reddened area on the throat could very we be a virus. Are they grouped blisters with a red base. This could be the oral herpies virus which is usually self limited try using chloroseptic on the lesions until the pain subsidesl. Good luck! ...Read more

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Should I be concerned that my husband has green spots on a sunburn?

Should I be concerned that my husband has green spots on a sunburn?

Depends: I dint know the severity of these burns. If it was a simple first degree sunburn red, tender, warm peeling then I doubt you should worry. If the burn was more severs blistering then it is more possible to develop a secondary infection. Watch out for worsening pain fever chills and thicker fluid coming from the areas. If so see a physician immediately ...Read more

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What can I put on spots that are sunburned on eyelids. They are dry and red.

What can I put on spots that are sunburned on eyelids. They are dry and red.

Something gentle: A 42 year old female with subnurned skin on eyelids. Eyelid skin is very thin and easily irritated. Be sure to only put something gentle on the sunburn there - Vaseline, Aquaphor, or pure Aloe. Do not put anything with harsh scents or dyes. ...Read more

Dr. Philip Miller
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Blistering (Definition)

A blister is a collection of fluid under the epidermis. A blistering rash is one in which ...Read more