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Tiny white spots on my legs-are they from shaving, tanning, or both? How do I get rid of them?

Tiny white spots on my legs-are they from shaving, tanning, or both? How do I get rid of them?

Tinea versicolor: A common skin fungus called tinea versicolor can prevent the sun from tanning those areas. If that is the case, treatment with a topical antifungal medication can eradicate the fungus. However, the whiteness will remain until your next sun exposure. It characteristically looks like white freckles. ...Read more

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Tanning (Definition)

Tanning refers to attending exposing oneself to the sun, or a tanning salon, for the purpose of darkening the skin, for cosmetic reasons. Occasionally, tanning is for medical reasons to relieve some symptoms ...Read more


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What is the cause of tiny white spots appearing on your legs.

What is the cause of tiny white spots appearing on your legs.

Must be seen: Your question cannot be evaluated without a photo or exam. ...Read more

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All the creams and ointments have gotten rid of the red scales but leaves a bunch of white spots. Will self tanning lotions cover them?

All the creams and ointments have gotten rid of the red scales but leaves a bunch of white spots. Will self tanning lotions cover them?

Please clarify: What condition was being treated? What treatments were used? Consider resubmitting with clarification. ...Read more

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My friend she had some white spots on her both legs for almost 2 years. Now they are becoming bigger an emboss. But she doesn't feel anything. Help?

My friend she had some white spots on her both legs for almost 2 years. Now they are becoming bigger an emboss. But she doesn't feel anything. Help?

Might need biopsy: Any unusual lesion on the skin that changes should be evaluated by a dermatologist or surgeon to make sure that they don't need to be biopsied or removed. ...Read more

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Why am I getting white spots on my face after being at a tanning salon?

Why am I getting white spots on my face after being at a tanning salon?

Possible fungus: Certain fungal infections of the skin often appear as white patches, particularly after sun or tanning light exposure as the affected skin does not darken as much as the surrounding skin. Over the counter and prescription medications are available for these types of infections. ...Read more

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Iam male 61 yrs. I have white spots on my leg chest and back. Pl suggest remedy. Thank you?

Hard to say: Without seeing the "white spots" you are talking about. For all you know it could just be normal physiologic changes in the skin. But, if you are concerned, please consult with your physician. ...Read more

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White spots in skin on legs chest and back. Suggest remedies?

White spots in skin on legs chest and back. Suggest remedies?

White spots on skin: Many times these white spots are from a fungal infection. My patients get some relief slowly with a daily dose of Fluconazole or ketoconazole. I often recommend a ten day prescription for this. ...Read more

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Why do I get tiny white spots on my legs after standing a period of time?

Uncertain: It may have something to do with circulation. You could check with the dermatologist and see if they can assess the correct diagnosis. Things like location of the spots, size of the spots, how many, are they warm or cold, are all important aspects. ...Read more

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I have white spots on both my arms. Could this be caused from the use of tanning beds?)-:

I have white spots on both my arms. Could this be caused from the use of tanning beds?)-:

Possible: There is a form of skin whitening called idiopathic guttate hypomelanosis...A mouthful...But it means little dots of pigment loss. Some doctors believe it is from sun damage, which tanning beds can certainly accelerate. ...Read more

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I have white spots on my back. I use the tanning bed a lot. These spots have spread. But no irritation. Will selsun blue work?

I have white spots on my back. I use the tanning bed a lot. These spots have spread. But no irritation. Will selsun blue work?

Tinea Versicolar: Hard to diagnose without photo of lesions, but it sounds like you have tinea vesicular, a fungal infection that inhibits melanin (skin pigment). OTC Selsun blue may help, but prescription strength selenium sulfide 2.5% and oral antifungals. ...Read more

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I am 53 years old and in the last year I've begun seeing many raised white spots on my legs. I am concerned with the appearance. Any idea of what they are and how to have them removed? Is there a health concern I should be concerned with? Thank you jeff

I am 53 years old and in the last year I've begun seeing many raised white spots on my legs. I am concerned with the appearance. Any idea of what they are and how to have them removed? Is there a health concern I should be concerned with? Thank you jeff

Very: Very difficult to tell without a clinical examination so I would see a dermatologist. Perhaps they are seborrheic keratoses, specifically the "stucco keratoses" variant. See a picture of a pigmented version at the link below. I hope that helps. ...Read more

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White spots on arms and legs?

White spots on arms and legs?

White Spots: White spots on your arms and legs can be caused by sun damage, a form of eczema called pityriasis alba, a fungal infection called tinea versicolor and a depigmenting disease called vitiligo. See your dermatologist for a diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more