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Stretch Marks (Definition)

Stretch marks = striae caused by ...Read more


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Went tanning on Monday and my butt got burned and now it's still red and looks like there is stretch marks. What do I do or what is this?

Went tanning on Monday and my butt got burned and now it's still red and looks like there is stretch marks. What do I do or what is this?

Burn baby, burn: Your butt "got smoked" by too much ultraviolet radiation and has a first or second degree burn. The elastic layer of the skin has now "broken" and you are seeing the stretch marks. Earth to circulating "sun lover" patient, excessive sun/tanning can cause burns, cancer, and skin aging. If there is still "butt pain", or blisters, see an MD for treatment. ...Read more

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Why are some stretch marks red and some white?

Stretch-marks colors: It depends on the thickness of the tissue and structures below the sm. If the disruption of the dermis leaves a very think layer of skin at the sm and there are vascular structures below then it will look more reddish. If the thickness of the skin at the sm is greater then they will look more whitish. ...Read more

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I have red marks on my butt I don't know what they are but I know there not stretch marks?

I have red marks on my butt I don't know what they are but I know there not stretch marks?

Do they bother you?: If you think you have a genuine medical problem, see a DR. No diagnosis possible from this description. ...Read more

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I have big red stretch marks in my body parts. What can I do, to reduse them or make them go way?

I have big red stretch marks in my body parts. What can I do, to reduse them or make them go way?

Stretch Marks: Stretch marks are tears in the deeper layer of the skin leaving to surface layer intact. Initially they can be red/purple and generally fade to a more natural color with time. There is no cream to remove then. Some laser treatments may make the a little less noticeable. The only way to get rid of them is surgical excision. Depending on the location that may or may not be and option for you ...Read more

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I have big red stretch marks in the groin to one wound there that does not heal what can I do?

I have big red stretch marks in the groin to one wound there that does not heal what can I do?

Check cortisol: Hi. Big (wide) red stretch marks make us think of Cushing's syndrome, a collection of diseases which culminate in over production of cortisol. Ask your doctor to look at your stretch marks and see if a 24-hour urine cortisol or a dexamethasone suppression test should be considered. Any high blood pressure, high blood sugar, fractures? Cortisol excess can also cause those things. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have deep red stretch marks that are on my inner thighs. What cream or procedure would work best to help me out with these?

Strivectin & mederma: I would try these creams first, they may help to fade them, surgical procedures would be very drastic. You could speak to your dermatologist about less invasive procedures that may be helpful as well. ...Read more

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I'm a 22 yr old male. I've have alot of white stretch marks along with a few red ones. What's a good way to repair the skin?

I'm a 22 yr old male. I've have alot of white stretch marks along with a few red ones. What's a good way to repair the skin?

Weight change?: Did you have a weight change? Stretch marks will fade with time. You can try lotions and even baby oil but time is your best bet ...Read more

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I'm overweight and have red stretch marks. If I lose weight will they still appear? Or any way to get rid of them?

I'm overweight and have red stretch marks. If I lose weight will they still appear? Or any way to get rid of them?

Stretch marks: They may fade in color, in some women they are silvery, but unfortunately they will be present even after weight loss. There is no proven method to erase them, though many products are advertised as such. ...Read more

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I have had psoriasis since I was 4, recently I followed a treatment with clobetasol and now I have a lot of red stretch marks, what can I do?

Striae: Long term use of topical steroids can lead to atrophy or thinning of the skin. Stop using the steroid, there are non steroid based alternative treatments for psoriasis. Protect this thin skin from the sun with spf 30 or higher, and see a dermatologist. Certain topical retinoids like tazorac (tazarotene) can decrease the redness and thicken the skin. Certain laser treatments may also improve the color and thick. ...Read more

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Red horizontal lines on my 16 years old son back now on his chest also like stretch marks or scratches. He is going lately to the gym. No itching?

Red horizontal lines on my 16 years old son back now on his chest also like stretch marks or scratches. He is going lately to the gym. No itching?

Contact: Horizontal lines such as this almost certainly from external trigger. Contact sensitivity to some sort of bracing device is possible, but seems more likely due to minor trauma of repetitive forceful contact with lat bar and/or bench press bar. Consider getting a physical exam if they persist. ...Read more

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Really bad, thick red stretch marks on my breast. It's really nasty looking is there anyway I can remove them?

Get evaluated.: Please see a dermatologist or plastic surgeon for evaluation. Possible treatments include fractional laser resurfacing, dermabrasion & medication (i.e., retinoids). ...Read more

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I'm 19 and gained weight fast &I got stretch marks all over me. They are 1 yr old but are still red. Will they make my skin loose when I loose weight?

I'm 19 and gained weight fast &I got stretch marks all over me. They are 1 yr old but are still red. Will they make my skin loose when I loose weight?

Stretch marks: No stretch marks don't make your skin sag. However, they reflect that your skin has been stretch rapidly. The red color will eventually will fade. Depending on where they are, there are some methods to make them less noticeable. ...Read more

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Almost 4 months postpartum Why do my stretch marks itch so bad now? They're still red. I put oils and lotions but still itches.

Almost 4 months postpartum Why do my stretch marks itch so bad now? They're still red. I put oils and lotions but still itches.

Visit: Have you reported this to your ob/gyn, as the redness and itch may actually be a sign of a yeast infection. You should schedule a visit to be seen soon. ...Read more

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I am obese and have red stretch marks on my back, belly, and thighs. Are these from me being obese? I have put on a lot of weight recently.

I am obese and have red stretch marks on my back, belly, and thighs. Are these from me being obese? I have put on a lot of weight recently.

Recent weight gain: Rapidly can cause this to be more pronounced. Losing weight quickly can make it appear more noticeable too. The skin's elasticity can only accomodate so much stretching. It is not because you are obese. Skinny girls have the same issues with rapid weight gain/loss. ...Read more

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Can you get stretch marks on the collar bone? I have a deep red 1/2 in line on my collar bone that just showed up. Almost looks like a hickie but not 1

Can you get stretch marks on the collar bone? I have a deep red 1/2 in line on my collar bone that just showed up. Almost looks like a hickie but not 1

Unusual: It would be unusual for the skin over your collar bone to stretch enough for you to develop to develop a stretch mark there. If it is a stretch mark in that area, you should have more like it elsewhere. ...Read more

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I have some red and back stretch marks on my but and on my legs doc please tell me something really really good that I can use to take then ways plzzz?

I have some red and back stretch marks on my but and on my legs doc please tell me something really really good that I can use to take then ways plzzz?

Dermatologist: Consider seeing a cosmetic dermatologist. There are no over-the-counter medications or cream that will help with this problem depending on the severity the dermatologist may be able to do laser treatments. ...Read more

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Had i-lipo & ultrasound cavitation 4 days ago, my old stretch marks became red and bruised immediately after. How long will it last for?

Had i-lipo & ultrasound cavitation 4 days ago, my old stretch marks became red and bruised immediately after. How long will it last for?

Maybe 7-10 days: It is not uncommon for stretch marks in the area to get swollen and discolored after surgery and most of the time it is gone in 7-10 days but...I have seen this last for up to 3 weeks! Let's hope not! ...Read more

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Keep getting painful red bumps on my stretch marks only around hip and private area. Still a virgin. Been goin on for months. Had stretch mark years?

Keep getting painful red bumps on my stretch marks only around hip and private area. Still a virgin. Been goin on for months. Had stretch mark years?

Genetic: Stretch mark formation is typically genetic. Some women are just genetically more prone to stretch marks. Have you gained weight recently? That can cause stretch mark formation. Without a photo, it's difficult to say what the painful red bumps are? If you're worried see your family doctor or a dermatologist. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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I have what looks like stretch marks by my scrotum and leg. I had protected sex and a week ago. Herpes? No bumps just red line-like rash.

I have what looks like stretch marks by my scrotum and leg. I had protected sex and a week ago. Herpes? No bumps just red line-like rash.

Not herpes: For sure this isn't herpes. Almost certainly it is no STD of any kind, and probably not from your recent sexual exposure. But see a doctor if you remain concerned. ...Read more

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Hi Doctor in my groin area I have Red marks like stretch marks and some time it itches and some ulcers kind of thing is burns and worried it's there f?

Hi Doctor in my groin area I have Red marks like stretch marks and some time it itches and some ulcers kind of thing is burns and worried it's there f?

Question cut off: Not sure what your question is. However, with the description of these lesions, it is really important that you have an in-person medical assessment. ...Read more