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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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I have small, unraised white spots all over my back, shoulders. Seems to get worse in the summer. What is this?

I have small, unraised white spots all over my back, shoulders. Seems to get worse in the summer. What is this?

Tinea versicolor: It sounds like tinea versicolor, a harmless fungus we all have on our body. It grows more readily ins ome people procucing slightly scaley white or tan spots. The fungus produces azeleic acid which causes the light spots which are more evident with tan skin. Your doctor can take a simple skin scraping to make the diagnosis. Topical and oral treatments are available. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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Red rash and white spots on back?

Red rash and white spots on back?

See dermatologist: It is impossible to give specific advice without being able to visualize the rash. See a dermatologist. ...Read more

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My two yr old son has white spots on back of throat, little fever, not eating as well and not quite 100%. What could he have?

My two yr old son has white spots on back of throat, little fever, not eating as well and not quite 100%. What could he have?

Viral pharyngitis: Strep pharyngitis (throat) in children under age 3 is pretty uncommon. If he had a close contact with proven case of strep throat, strep screening would be warranted. ...Read more

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Can thrush leave white spots on back of your throat like strep throat?

Can thrush leave white spots on back of your throat like strep throat?

Maybe: Mainly the white spots are on the inside of the cheeks, but can be on the throat too, strep throat is different in that the spots are round and smaller, thrush is rather flakes, besides the soreness with strep throat ...Read more

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Can allergic rhinitis cause phlegm to irritate your throat & cause white spots on back of throat? & can phlegm discolor your tongue?

Can allergic rhinitis cause phlegm to irritate your throat & cause white spots on back of throat? & can phlegm discolor your tongue?

No: allergic rhinitis won't cause white spots on the back of your throat or discolor your to tongue, it can cause irritation of your throat from the post nasal drainage, if you have sore throat with the above symptoms better see your doctor, also you might be a mouth breather due to blocked nose, that can lead to discoloration of your tongue, better see your doctor to help you with the cough & insomnia ...Read more

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There's red spots on soft palate, yellowing where tonsils were and possibly white spots on back of throat?

There's red spots on soft palate, yellowing where tonsils were and possibly white spots on back of throat?

Mouth spots: Do you have any pain and/or fever? Do you feel very tired and worn down? If so, you might be experiencing strep throat. Have you recently engaged in oral sex? If so then you could also have an STD. Go to your doctor ASAP and get it checked out. Many common conditions once diagnosed can be treated with antibiotics. ...Read more

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I have no tonsils but I woke up yesterday with a sore throat. Today much of the same. White spots on back of throat when I checked with a flashlight..

I have no tonsils but I woke up yesterday with a sore throat. Today much of the same. White spots on back of throat when I checked with a flashlight..

Acute pharyngitis: You have a 'sore throat' or what we call acute pharyngitis. Even though you don't have tonsils, you can still get 'Strep' as well as any other number of infections (viruses mostly). I would recommend going to a doctor to get a throat culture-then, you can get the best treatment once the cause is identified. Tonsils are actually part of the immune system, but sometimes they are removed-ask doc if Q ...Read more

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No sore throat just neck ache. Runny nose. Tiny white spots on back of uvula. One on tip of tongue went away with salt water. Looks like herpangina?

No sore throat just neck ache. Runny nose. Tiny white spots on back of uvula. One on tip of tongue went away with salt water. Looks like herpangina?

Please stop: Please stop trying to diagnose yourself. If you have Herpangina you would probably also have an acute fever. You can't see the back of your Uvula without putting a mirror behind it. Your symptoms suggest an infection, so go see your Family Physician. Let him/her do the diagnosis and treatment plan. You'll be glad you did. ...Read more

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Mild sore throat w ear ache for a few days. Now, I have white spots on tonsils and orange spots on back of throat. No fever. Some sinus drainage?

Mild sore throat w ear ache for a few days. Now, I have white spots on tonsils and orange spots on back of throat. No fever. Some sinus drainage?

Sounds like a sinus: Problem. May not require antibiotics as usually don't give early unless meet specific criteria but there are comfort measures doc can provide for you. Feel better! ...Read more

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Light pink spots on back what is this?

Light pink spots on back what is this?

Sorry, I can't: Diagnose with info available. Encourage you to see your dermatologist if it is not resolving. ...Read more

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How to get rid of sun spots on back?

Sun spots: Stay out of sun. Show to your dermatologists to see what they are and follow advice. ...Read more

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What causes purple rash like spots on back?

What causes purple rash like spots on back?

More info needed: Need more information to accurately answer your question.

How long do the spots last?
How do they start?
How do they change with time?
How large are they?
How many?
Exact color? Bruise?
Do they go away completely.
Photos would help. ...Read more

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Red bumps, then just spots, on back.

Red bumps, then just spots, on back.

Probably: This is probably acne. Please see your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options. ...Read more

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Raised itchy spots on back of my scalp?

Raised itchy spots on back of my scalp?

Psoriasis: It is probably psoriasis but like with any lesion you would need to have it examined as certain cancers can present this way. ...Read more

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What are those black spots on back of throat?

What are those black spots on back of throat?

Black spots: Black spots can be spots due to taste buds on the tongue that can get stained with smoking. Black spots that do not get better over time need to be checked by your PMD or an ent who can help rule out a melanoma. Melanomas in the oral cavity are rare but do occur. They usually occur on the mucosal surfaces in the mouth though. Good luck and feel better! ...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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Had two spots on back that was melanoma both removed. How do I combat this?

Had two spots on back that was melanoma both removed. How do I combat this?

Melanoma: Complex. Need to keep in frequent check with the dermatologist. Plus you need to wear sun protective clothing, sunscreen and minimize your time in the sun. ...Read more

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I have a friend who have boils spots on back an buttocks, some inflammed. Can u tell me how and y these come about?

I have a friend who have boils spots on back an buttocks, some inflammed. Can u tell me how and y these come about?

From bacteria: Most 'boils' are due to staphylococcus bacteria infecting the skin.Pus forms below the skin which swells to form a painful boil. Sometimes streptococci & pseudomonas may cause boils. Often the 'boil' can be cured by a special drainage procedure performed by your doctor. If the surrounding area is red & angry antibiotics are needed. If untreated the infection can spread to the blood & become dangerous. ...Read more

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14 yr old bro has a thew spots on back and he always finds them itchy he even saids his chest itches abit

14 yr old bro has a thew spots on back and he always finds them itchy he even saids his chest itches abit

Need photo or exam: Skin lesions that itch suggest atopic dermatitis, contact allergic rash, fungal infection such as tinea versicolor or pityriasis, so I suggest an exam by you doctor or dermatologist if these persist. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of brown age spots on back of hands?

How do I get rid of brown age spots on back of hands?

See a dermatologist: Bleaching creams, peels or lasers can help lighten/remove these spots. See a board certified dermatologist. ...Read more

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Are dark brown spots on back and chest caused by acne for 6 years permanent or can they be removed?

Are dark brown spots on back and chest caused by acne for 6 years permanent or can they be removed?

Will face eventually: These often take several years to fade. I hope your acne is being managed; especially when it is on the trunk, it usually requires systemic treatment. ...Read more

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Rash on back. Red flat circles/spots/patches. Doesn't itch or burn. Wondering what's wrong and how to treat it?

Rash on back. Red flat circles/spots/patches. Doesn't itch or burn. Wondering what's wrong and how to treat it?

Dermatologist: A physician or dermatologist would have to inspect your back in order to make a diagnosis. A common cause of this type of rash is a chronic fungus infection called tinea versicola which, if present, requires specific treatment with an antifungal cream. ...Read more