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White Spots On My Skin Cancer
Need to see: See your doctor or better yet a dermatologist. Many skin lesions can be white and be normal. A dermatologist can check your skin and help diagnose and treat if necessary. Some causes of white spots include idiopathic guttate hypomelanosis to vitiligo. Skin cancer does not typically present as white spots. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
Probably not: After the age of 30-35, the most likely cause for blotchy skin lesions you describe would be a benign condition called seborrheic keratoses. Nevertheless, if you are concerned, the safest course would be to have your doctor check them out, and possibly biopsy one or more. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Several Causes: White spots on skin have many causes. In folks older than 40, the main cause is sun damage called " idiopathic guttate hypomelanosis". It happes mostly on the forearms and shins. Other causes include vitiligo, postinflammatory hypopigmentation, medication or chemical leukoderma, and finally hypopigmented mycosis fungoides ( a type of skin lymphoma). I would have you see a dermatologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dr.'s exam can tell: A whitish spot might be eczema, especially if it is a bit dry or itches a bit. A primary care doctor or a dermatologist can look at it if it doesn't go away with simple treatment. Sometimes the spot can be a birthmark, ringworm (fungus), or some other disorder. Simple treatment of a spot (non-fungus, non-birthmark) means trying over-the-counter Hydrocortisone 1% cream three-times-a-day for a week. ...Read more
Red spots w/dry skin: On the hands, these most commonly would be eczema, psoriasis or fungal infection. Eczema and psoriasis are treated similarly however a fungal infection would get worse with eczema treatment. Please see your dermatologist for a more definitive diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more
I have itchy red , scaly spots on my neck, back and shoulders and white blotchy spots on my back also?
Itchy red spot dz: There is no way to diagnose you on the internet. You need eyeballs attached to a dermatologist, who will be better able to evaluate and treat you. ...Read more
Needs an exam: Some conditions that can cause such problems include Psoriasis, Lichen Planus, Seborrheic Dermatitis, Lichen Simplex, and Lichen Sclerosis. Pre-cancerous lesions can also occur on the privates. A dermatologist can diagnose the problem, although sometimes a biopsy is necessary to determine the cause. There are treatments, once the cause is determined. ...Read more
White spots on the s: There are as many causes of white spots on the skin as there are patients that have them. Everything from fungi to genetic or unknown causes can make white spots. Various depigmenting disorders can also make them. There's no way to tell you what's causing yours unless you see a dermatologist and have the diagnosis made. ...Read more
What are these white spots on my skin? I am brown skinned. They don't look like vitaligo. Are on my arms as white spots & my chest as silvery patches.
VisualDX: Hi, it’s hard to say without a picture but there is a great app that may be able to help you get a diagnosis without being seen in person by a dermatologist. The app is called VisualDX and is one of the best, if not the best out there. Many clinicians, including myself, use it. Just snap a photo and it gives you a list of possible diagnoses. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hard to tell: It would be very difficult to tell for sure what those spots are without seeing them, particularly in person. It could possibly be eczema, an allergic reaction to a soap, detergent, perfume, or jewelry, or even a fungal infection. I would recommend getting an in-person opinion from your doc, but in the meantime you can try some 1% Hydrocortisone cream on it to see if it helps the itching. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Difficult to tell: Skin issues are extremely difficult to evaluate without actually seeing the skin up close. As such, it is best for you to see your doctor or dermatologist if you are concerned about any ongoing skin spots. ...Read more
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