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What is the definition or description of: age spots?

What is the definition or description of: age spots?

Solar lentigos: Age or liver spots typically refer to a skin lesion known as a solar lentigo. Typically this is flat, larger than normal freckles and contains darker pigmentation. Other age spots may refer to seborrheic keratoses that are dark, slightly elevated and are described as looking like grease paint. Both of these lesions are generally benign but evaluation by a professional is also encouraged. ...Read more

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Age Spots (Definition)

Age or liver spots typically refer to a skin lesion known as a solar lentigo. Typically this is flat, larger than normal freckles and contains darker pigmentation. Other age spots may refer to seborrheic keratoses that are dark, slightly elevated and are described as looking like grease paint. Both of these lesions are generally benign but evaluation by a ...Read more


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Is a cyst visible by an eye? Its near my breastbone. Is it cancerous? What should I do?

Is a cyst visible by an eye? Its near my breastbone. Is it cancerous? What should I do?

Doubtful: Most likely, the visible cyst is evidence of a sebaceous cyst. A cyst of the oil glands of the skin. Without formal review, options can not be discussed. Consider review by a general surgeon. ...Read more

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What is perimenopause a what age can start?

What is perimenopause a what age can start?

It's premenopause: It usually starts @45-50 with missing or irregular periods. Ovulation stops & fsh & estrogen fluctuate until the ovaries no longer respond to fsh. Periods stop & when there are no periods for 1 year that's menopause. ...Read more

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What could cause a 26 year old male to develope a complete bald spot the size of a us dollar coin. Also is it something that could be treated?

What could cause a 26 year old male to develope a complete bald spot the size of a us dollar coin. Also is it something that could be treated?

Sudden bald spots: Sudden round bald spots could be an autoimmune condition called alopecia areata. These spots are the result of your immune system mistakenly fighting against hair follicles. A dermatologist may inject steroid or prescribe steroid creams to help reduce inflammation and allow the hair to grow back. ...Read more

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What exactly is an arrhythmia? Is it a cause for concern?

What exactly is an arrhythmia? Is it a cause for concern?

Arrhythmia: First you need to diagnose what the arrhythmia is and then try to determine what might be the cause in the patient. The treatment follows from the evaluation of the what and why of the abnormal rhythm. It may be necessary to see a cardiologist or a special cardiologist called electrophysiologist. ...Read more

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I have what appears to be a l2-3 cyst. It is palpable and visible. What is the treatment for this?

I have what appears to be a l2-3 cyst. It is palpable and visible. What is the treatment for this?

See surgeon: The treatmetn for a cyst is to have it surgically removed. See your doctor for evaluation and the proper referral. ...Read more

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Just want to ask, what is an artery? Is it a structure or is it an organ? Thanks!

Just want to ask, what is an artery? Is it a structure or is it an organ? Thanks!

Blood vessel: An artery is a blood vessel that takes blood away from the heart. Generally speaking, they carry oxygenated blood. The exception being the pulmonary arteries, which carry deoxygenated blood. ...Read more

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What if the bump is small an it causes pain?

What if the bump is small an it causes pain?

Small bump: There is limited information but even small bumps if ganglion cysts at wrist or infections ( like pimples0 can cause pain. It depends where they are- near nerves and what is inside. f/u w/doc ...Read more

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In what age range is someone most likely to have a melanoma? During what age range does it not occur?

In what age range is someone most likely to have a melanoma?  During what age range does it not occur?

Melanoma: It is very rare in young children (they don't get much sun, and not enough time for genetics or heredity to have their effect), and becomes increasingly common after the late teens. Chronic sun exposure or a strong family history are the major risk factors. Pigmented moles that are asymmetric, with an irregular border, with a change to a darker color, larger than 1/2 a centimeter should be checked. ...Read more

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What kind of exam test is given for knee pain? What is a valgus stress test? Is it suppose to hurt when that exam is performed?

What kind of exam test is given for knee pain? What is a valgus stress test? Is it suppose to hurt when that exam is performed?

Many: There are several test to identify underlying knee problems. Valgus stress test is used to assess the function/injury to the mcl (ligament along the inside of the knee). If painful then an injury to the mcl should be entertained. ...Read more

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What is the youngest age a girl could give birth?

What is the youngest age a girl could give birth?

Under 10: I believe there are instances where a child with precocious puberty ( a hormone problem) has carried a pregnancy to term & delivered at 8 yo & possibly younger ( i think it was in south america). The youngest I have tended to was 13 at delivery. ...Read more

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What method is used by doctors to know whether my hernia size is normal or it needs a surgery?

What method is used by doctors to know whether my hernia size is normal or it needs a surgery?

Assuming that: you are talking about inguinal hernia, you should have surgery if you have any symptoms such as pain, nausea, vomiting, or distension. Consult with surgeon for specific advice in your case. ...Read more

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What age is the earliest age it's safe to get a breast augmentation?

What age is the earliest age it's safe to get a breast augmentation?

18 yrs: Most societies and doctors recognize age 18 as the minimum age to undergo breast implant surgery. Most 18 year olds are mature enough to understand the risks of surgery and the consequences of their decisions. Further, most have fully developed breasts with the exception of pregnancy-related changes. ...Read more

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What is an ocular migraine? Is it a sign of something serious?

What is an ocular migraine? Is it a sign of something serious?

The term "ocular migraine" can be confusing: It's sometimes used to refer to two different conditions, one of which usually isn't cause for concern, and the other which might have more–serious complications. In some cases, ocular migraine describes a migraine aura that involves your vision. Migraine auras include a variety of sensations — often visual, but which also may include other sensations, such as numbness — that precede or accompany a migraine. Aura can sometimes occur without an associated headache. A migraine aura that affects your vision is common. Visual symptoms are short lasting. A migraine aura involving your vision will affect both eyes, and you may see: Flashes of light, Zigzagging patterns, Blind spots, Shimmering spots or stars. These symptoms can temporarily interfere with certain activities, such as reading or driving, but the condition usually isn't considered serious. Sometimes, ocular migraine is used as a synonym for the medical term "retinal migraine. " A retinal migraine is a rare condition occurring in a person who has experienced other symptoms of migraine. Retinal migraine involves repeated bouts of short–lasting, diminished vision or blindness. These bouts may precede or accompany a headache. A retinal migraine — unlike a migraine aura affecting vision — will affect only one eye, not both. However, most often, loss of vision in one eye isn't related to migraine. It's generally caused by some other more serious condition. So if you experience visual loss in one eye, be sure to see an eye specialist. ...Read more

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What is an anc?

What is an anc?

Absolute neutrophil: Count (anc) there are different types of white blood cells. The polys or neutrophils fight off baterial and fungal infection so knowing how many there are is important. This is especially the case because many chemotherapy drugs reduce the neutrophil count leaving one open to infection. Knowing the anc helps doctors determine how vulnerable a patient is to infection or sepsis. ...Read more

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What is the age that has a healthy penis?

What is the age that has a healthy penis?

PENIS: All ages can have a healthy penis with a good diet and excersize. ...Read more

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What is the suitable height for a child that age 11?

What is the suitable height for a child that age 11?

About 145 cm: The suitable height for 11 years old female is between 145 cm (58 inches) to 155 cm. ,this height will show that the child is growing well in height .But the height varies in different ethnic groups and also depends on nutrition and health status . ...Read more

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Can age spots become cancerous? I have noticed what i think is my first age spot. Should i be concerned that it could turn cancerous? .

Can age spots become cancerous? I have noticed what i think is my first age spot.  Should i be concerned that it could turn cancerous?

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No not really: Age spots mean different things to different people. But most spots on the skin that appear as we grow older are benign. So they rarely become cancerous. But skin cancer is relatively common. If there is anything that is growing and causing you concern, it should be checked by a physician or by a skin specialist(dermatologist). ...Read more

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Will age spots eventually fade on their own? If i wear sunscreen every day, will my age spots eventually fade and disappear? .

Will age spots eventually fade on their own? If i wear sunscreen every day, will my age spots eventually fade and disappear?

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Not that easy: If you truly want the age spots/discoloration to fade (never disappear) you should seek the help of a plastic surgeon or dermatologist. The treatments will range from topical use of skin lightening agents (hydroquinone) to laser treatments (photo facial/fraxel/etc). Also an experienced aesthetician can be quite helpful. ...Read more

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I have spots on my body. Looks like age spots, but it's not. Tried anti fungal cream and Celltone. Spots are just increasing.

I have spots on my body. Looks like age spots, but it's not. Tried anti fungal cream and Celltone. Spots are just increasing.

Consult Doctor: We can not tell you what it could be without examining the spots.I suggest you consult your Doctor or a Dermatologist ...Read more

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Does Mederma work well on acne scars and age spots?

Does Mederma work well on acne scars and age spots?

Mederma won't work: Mederma can be helpful for surgical or traumatic wounds during the healing period. Once scars have matured it is unlikely that mederma will result in any improvement. ...Read more

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I am 61 years old and noticed age spots on my face. What is the best approach to get rid of them. Creams? Laser? Retin-a?

Check first: Have your doctor check them out at a routine visit. Your "age spots" may be evidence of sun damage which can be pre-cancerous. Choosing a treatment before a good evaluation can lead to trouble. ...Read more

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I'm 52 have age spots and starting to get lines around my mouth and wrinkles under my eyes. I have oily skin?

I'm 52 have age spots and starting to get lines around my mouth and wrinkles under my eyes. I have oily skin?

Dermatology Consult: Smoking cigarettes, sun bathing and alcohol consumption bring on pre-mature aging. I hope you have not been doing this. In either case, see your dermatologist to make a plan to combat this. It is a life long task. Best wishes ...Read more

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Does everybody get age spot growths on their skin if they are lucky enough to live to be old ?

Does everybody get age spot growths on their skin if they are lucky enough to live to be old ?

Age spots: These "liver" or "age" spots, o/w called senile or solar lentigines, are very common over 40. Of course with pigmented lesions it is very important to consider more serious, and possibly life-threatening forms such as malignant melanoma. So, always see your dermatologist if a lesion is changing or has any of the warning signs of melanoma- http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001853/. ...Read more

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Is scratching an age spot off bad?

Is scratching an age spot off bad?

Possibly: You may possibly cause scarring by scratching off a lesion. Another problem is if you want to have a definitive diagnosis of whether or not the lesion is a skin cancer, you would need to have the lesion present for the doctor to evaluate and biopsy. ...Read more

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Do I have an age spot or a birthmark?

Do I have an age spot or a birthmark?

Don't have a clue: On this public site we don't have access to anything you upload, so if you sent in a picture we cannot see it.If your spot was there within weeks of birth then it might be considered a birthmark.Otherwise you need to ask your doc or have someone look at it. ...Read more

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Will salicylic acid remove an age spot?

It might lighten: spot, but won't likely remove completely.

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I have a age spot that is getting bigger on my face. Do I need to have it looked at ?

I have a age spot that is getting bigger on my face. Do I need to have it looked at ?

Absolutely: In general, I recommend having any changing skin lesion evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it normal at the age 55 to spot a little blood at had been having cramps for several days and then today 10-11-14 I spotted a little blood?

Is it normal at the age 55 to spot a little  blood at had been having cramps  for several days and then today 10-11-14 I spotted a little blood?

Post menopausal: Bleeding isn't normal. I suggest you see your primary care or OB/Gyn for a checkup as soon as possible. Thanks for trusting HealthTap. ...Read more

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Was on mini pill and bled/spot for 4 months,so came off it ages ago,had the injection today will I bleed constantly on that like I did with the pill?

Was on mini pill and bled/spot for 4 months,so came off it ages ago,had the injection today will I bleed constantly on that like I did with the pill?

A few things: The depoprovera shot is very effective and easy to use. You will need one shot every 3 months. Most patients will have no periods but some will have irregular periods. It is an appetite stimulant. The excess hunger can cause weight gain for some. Long term use can lead to some bone loss. ...Read more

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How much time does it take to have your period while you began to spot? Sister is 11 years of age and is beginning to spot her underwear.

How much time does it take to have your period while you began to spot? Sister is 11 years of age and is beginning to spot her underwear.

The : The spotting may be all that happens for a while before she has full menstrual bleeding. This is normal. She will likely start to menstruate normally in about 6-9 months, maybe sooner or even later. Everyone is different. And typically young girls up through teen years are more likely to have abnormal periods (length and time between cycles). Please reassure her. ...Read more

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Sequential test risk was 1/5000 and age 1/972 for DS, but sono found a white spot on baby heart. Did Harmony test, how likely will test be negative?

Sequential test risk was 1/5000 and age 1/972 for DS, but sono found a white spot on baby heart. Did Harmony test, how likely will test be negative?

Highly likely : Its highly likely everything is ok. Seeing a white spot in the heart is common, and although can be associated with a genetic abnormality, is usually found to be incidental in a normal baby. ...Read more