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My skin started having white spot on them. Now they are spreading. Can you tell me what they are? What should I do? Spreading on my arm and shoulder ever since I gotten sunburn.

My skin started having white spot on them. Now they are spreading. Can you tell me what they are? What should I do? Spreading on my arm and shoulder ever since I gotten sunburn.

Hard: Hard to tell without a clinical history and picture. Perhaps you have tinea versicolor? I would recommend you see a dermatologist for diagnosis and treatment options. I hope that helps a little. ...Read more

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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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Small spot on my face beneath right eye looks like skin rash/irritated skin/sunburn. Anything I can put on it?

Small spot on my face beneath right eye looks like skin rash/irritated skin/sunburn. Anything I can put on it?

Topical steroid: I would try a 1% Cortaid (hydrocortisone) like cream twice a day for a couple of days. This should help--if not---please see a dermatologist. ...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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My sisters skin gets sore as tho sunburned on parts of face and her back. Dr says not shindles or would have broke out. There's no spots or redness?

My sisters skin gets sore as tho sunburned on parts of face and her back. Dr says not shindles or would have broke out. There's no spots or redness?

Dermatologist: It could be an allergy to a food or detergent or a bit more complex. A dermatologist can give the best answer. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How do I cover up or get rid of these skin spots from my skin peeling after a sunburn?

How do I cover up or get rid of these skin spots from my skin peeling after a sunburn?

Sunscreen: Daily application of a broad spectrum sunscreen will help prevent this predicament. Once a sunburn has occurred, it is important to use an oil free moisturizer to encourage recovery of the epidermal and dermal damage. Use of an oil free cosmetic may be used to camouflage any spots until the skin heals. ...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?

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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My skin was very white before 5 year, bt bcz of sunburn my skin is now so black and lot of pimples, dark spots. Is there any way to release frm sunburn?

My skin was very white before 5 year, bt bcz of sunburn my skin is now so black and lot of pimples, dark spots. Is there any way to release frm sunburn?

Sunscreen & rx acne: You're a young man and all of us have some darkening of our skin during our teenaged years. This is masculine and appropriate. All acne is treatable nowadays & it's your right to be rid of it; ask your physician. Use sunscreen on your face year-roun. Don't try skin-lighteners; you'll risk lasting disfugurement. The era of judging folks by skin color is ending world-round, hopefully forever. ...Read more

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Bad sunburn on back+stomach 10days ago. Done peeling now have brown freckle like spots on back of shoulders where burn was worst. Is this skin cancer?

Bad sunburn on back+stomach 10days ago. Done peeling now have brown freckle like spots on back of shoulders where burn was worst. Is this skin cancer?

Sun protection: Sun exposure can cause skin cancer, but this happens over many years of exposure. It is important to have good sun protection at all times. However, for severe sunburns, it does take time to heal from the exposure. Please see your doctor if these spots do not clear up in 2weeks as he or she may have some recommendations for helping your skin heal. ...Read more

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Experiencing some scalp redness or irritation, scalp tenderness to touch and felt like sunburn on top of head. Few small red `spots' seen at top of head. Dr says dry scalp. Washed hair daily, used hair spray frequently. Stopped routine. Treatment?

Experiencing some scalp redness or irritation, scalp tenderness to touch and felt like sunburn on top of head. Few small red `spots' seen at top of head. Dr says dry scalp. Washed hair daily, used hair spray frequently. Stopped routine. Treatment?

Dry hair: Shampoos are more drying than soap as they remove more hair oils. If you use shampoos it's important to follow with a hair conditioner to restore oils for your hair and scalp. A skilled beautician can evaluate your hair and advise you about its status and give you advice on your hair care and hair care products. ...Read more

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I forgot my sunscreen and did get sunburnt! On one of my arms, I have white/color of my previous skin color spots scattered. Should I be worried?

Sunburn: A single burn should not be of major concern, usually it is repeated burns. But from now on always carry sunscreen. Below are some recommendations on skin cancer and how to treat a burn

https://www. Asds. Net/SkinCancerInformation. Aspx

http://www. Skincancer. Org/prevention/sunburn/five-ways-to-treat-a-sunburn ...Read more

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I got a sunburn today and now have a black spot. What does that mean?

I got a sunburn today and now have a black spot. What does that mean?

Sunburn: Very common to have change in skin color after burn. Cool compresses help. Also cream with aloe smooth the burn skin. Be cautious when in sun. ...Read more

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White spot avter a sunburn normal?

It can happen: Keep the sun off it if you don't want to turn brown ...Read more

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I had sunburn and I peeled it off, and now it has turned brown more like of a dark spot, will it vanish soon?

Yes: Those type of brown spots are common after a sunburn. It is the skins natural reaction to the information that comes with the bird. It will most likely go away, and the best thing to do is protect it with High SPF sunscreen, which will also help prevent additional burns. ...Read more

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I have a pain on my outer thigh. What could it be? The pain is only on one spot. It feels like a sunburn and sensitive to the touch. It also hurts when something rubs or touches it.

I have a pain on my outer thigh. What could it be? The pain is only on one spot. It feels like a sunburn and sensitive to the touch. It also hurts when something rubs or touches it.

There: There is a disorder called meralgia paresthetica that is caused by pressure on the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve. This condition tends to happen in overweight or heavy persons. Tight belts or tightly fitting clothing especially if the person also has diabetes can cause this problem. Try losing weight, loosening up the garments and see a neurologist if symptoms does not improve over several weeks. See the link below. ...Read more

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I have an orange spot on my neck after sunburn healed. Normal?

I have an orange spot on my neck after sunburn healed. Normal?

See your PCP: Could be a skin cancer or pre skin cancer. Take a photo of it in case it changes. Use a moisturizer and sunblock in the meantime. ...Read more

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I have dark spot both right and left side of my face looks like sunburn causing of using astringent what is the best medicine?

I have dark spot both right and left side of my face looks like sunburn causing of using astringent what is the best medicine?

Pigment: You have likely suffered a skin response due to irritation. Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation describes collections of melanin under the skin that are deposited during the healing process. Usually this will resolve over several months once the irritant is removed. You may want to visit a physician if this persists, as there are some systemic medical conditions that can cause pigmentation. ...Read more

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So...In the right corner of my lips there is a darkened spot a discoloration. What is it? Is it harmful? Is it sunburned?

So...In the right corner of my lips there is a darkened spot a discoloration. What is it? Is it harmful? Is it sunburned?

Many possibilities: There are many things that may cause a discoloration of the skin. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections and cancer can cause a discoloration of the skin. Insect bites can also be the cause of a rash or a discoloration of the skin. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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I have a big red spot on my shoulder its been there for years it looks simular to a sunburn sometimes feels sensitive has small purple dots concerned?

I have a big red spot on my shoulder its been there for years it looks simular to a sunburn sometimes feels sensitive has small purple dots concerned?

Hard to say: It concerns you enough to ask about it. So go have it looked at. It is hard to say anything about rashes and spots without seeing them, .
Most are nothing. When it concerns you enough to ask it is beneficial to have it looked at. ...Read more

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I have one brown circular spot that developed 2 months ago on my armpit it is the same color all over non scaly its flat what could it be I am a 21 year old somewhat dark skinned man that doesn t get too much exposure to the sun barely gets sunburns doesn

I have one brown circular spot that developed 2 months ago on my armpit it is the same color all over non scaly its flat what could it be I am a 21 year old somewhat dark skinned man that doesn t get too much exposure to the sun barely gets sunburns doesn

Anytime: You have a lesion you are concerned about have it evaluated by a dermatologist. You are always better safe than sorry. Usually, with dangerous spots you worry about asymmetry (which yours is not), irregular border (which yours is not), color changes (yours is not), and diameter greater than 6mm, which is the size of an eraser on a number 2 pencil. ...Read more

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I got a sunburn about a week ago and it peeled away baby leaving my back red but one spot is itchy and has small red bumps, can anyone tell me what it?

I got a sunburn about a week ago and it peeled away baby leaving my back red but one spot is itchy and has small red bumps, can anyone tell me what it?

Knee pain: There are so many causes for knee pains, since this is going on for long time, you need to see your 1ry care physician for evaluation & work up with possible referral to an orthopedic or rheumatologist. Good luck ...Read more

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After a sunburn I had a spot on foot that never tanned, derm says vitiligo! Slowly spreading, any way to stop it? I also have psoriasis so I tan, stop?

After a sunburn I had a spot on foot that never tanned, derm says vitiligo! Slowly spreading, any way to stop it? I also have psoriasis so I tan, stop?

Talk to derm: Vitiligo may be from destruction of the melanin-producing cells from a severe burn or may be from an autoimmune disorder. UVB-NB treatment used for psoriasis may also help vitiligo. Talk to your dermatologist about it. ...Read more