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Why Are My Freckles Getting Darker
A freckle is a small brown spot on your skin, caused by sun exposure. Use your abcde's to tell the difference between a freckle and skin cancer. A=asymmetry. B=border [irregular]. C=color [irregular]. D=diameter [larger than a pencil eraser]. E=evolving [change in color, size, height, new symptoms like bleeding, itching or crusting]. These are danger signs that ...Read more
Solar lentigos: Lighter-skinned folks who get a fair amount of sunlight get spots on the shoulders, and often elsewhere, often by the time they're young adults. Where I live, they're prized as showing that a person's been active as an outdoors person / athlete. You'll do well to wear sunscreen like everybody should. Have somebody keep an eye for any that look suspicious for malignancy. They're healthy & look fine ...Read more
I have got prominent dark circles and freckles. Please tell me how to get rid of them. I am n indian girl if 19 year of age.?
Hyperpigmentation: You probably have hyperpigmentation. You should see a dermatologist first to make sure it is not something else. Hyperpigmentation can be treated with bleaching agents such as hydroquonone/tretinoi combo, chemical peel, ipl (intense pulse light) or laser skin resurfacing. ...Read more
Have it evaluated: 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
If you had light skin but now look darker due to age (freckles and spots), can lasers get rid of the darker spots and make skin lighter?
I have this dark spot or freckle that appeared above my lip a few years ago and I really hate how it looks is there anyway I can get rid of it? I
See a dermatologist: Begin with a diagnosis. If it is benign, ask a trusted friend if it is ugly or not before you plunge into any expensive treatment. ...Read more
I'm a 33 yr female just noticed a new "mole" side of body by breast. Small (tip of pencil) dark, looks like in skin (not freckle). Get it checked?
Mole: Any changing skin lesion should be evaluated by a dermatologist for proper diagnosis and treatment if needed. Better to be safe as they say. ...Read more
If you mean overall: That can be what is know as actinic bronzing which is basically sun damaged skin (remember tan mom?). First start wearing sunscreen every day, second add an exfoliant to your skin like an alpha or beta hydroxy acid or even lactic acid, then add something in the retinoic acid family (OTC retinol or prescription strength retin A). Finally see your dermatologist to get on stronger topicals or to disc ...Read more
No: Oculocutaneous albinism is a genetic defect of the enzyme in our body that produces melanin-this determines skin color. There are different types of severity based on the gene involved and how much the gene is "damaged." the more damage, the less melanin. It is not an all or none effect. Patients can still get freckles, small collections of skin cells with more melanin than surrounding skin. ...Read more
It can become: Hyperpigmented.Get a more detailed answer ›
Dark skin: Choose different grandparents. In other words live with it. ...Read more
Please see: Please see your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options. ...Read more
Neat and clean with: A pleasant disposition is the way to go. That will bring more light to our world than a lighter face. Please don't measure your self-worth by skin color. One day your opinion may reverse and you may want to darken your face. I respect the fact that you want to look attractive but who you are and what you do is the real attraction. Peace&good health. Please don't fall for skin lightening scams. ...Read more
Sometimes I see spots in completely dark rooms! Help. I never get a good answer. I am really worried?
See an eye doctor: Seeing spots in total darkness is often a normal phenomenon. The back of the eye is filled with a gel that is adherent to the film layer (retina). The gel can tug on the retina when we move our eyes, stimulating it and sending a signal that tells us we see a spot when it is really not there. An eye doctor will dilate your eyes to ensure that is all that is happening. See one soon, and don't worry. ...Read more
I have a couple freckles that are darker than the rest is this normal I have like 6 that are darker that I seen so far?
I get headaches often. Most times I end up in a dark quite room. What could this be? What test should be done to find out?
Probable Migraine he: Migraine headaches are made worse by light and sounds. Ask you doctor's opinion, if your pcp can not handle this go see a neurologist who specializes in headache treatments. There are very good drugs available to treat migraine...They are called triptans, like sumatriptan (imitrex) is one popular one. ...Read more
I don't want to get darker so I bought SPF 50 sunscreen but some people told me that sunblock makes you not get darker. Is that true?
What makes my anxiety worse at night? I can controll it in day time but when it gets dark I get scared of dying how can I handle this?
Panic attacks??: It could very well be panic attacks when you are alone at night. During the day being busy your attention is to your visual surrounding. May be at night you have certain thoughts or fears which are precipitating those attacks. Best advice is to see a psychiatrist to discuss these issues and offer you a treatment. ...Read more
I get visual flickering disturbances in lower half of vision, seems to only occur when I focus on it 'consciously'. More prominent in darker setting?
When I bend over or squat right when I get up my vision does dark w/tiny dots and have to hold on to something I feel like im about to pass out. Why?
Decreased: Venous return and subsequent decrease or drop in bp. ...Read more
I have what started off looking like a dark brown freckle on my back and now its about the size of a pea. It has slowly gotten bigger over last year?
You need to see a ph: You should show this lesion to your docotr. Anything that has pigment and is growing can be a melanoma. This can only be confirmed with a biopsy and microscopic examination. I would advise you not to delay your check up with either a family doctor or a skin specialist (dermatologist). ...Read more
Since last year: often get 2 bumps on my body that itch, swelled up +2nd day get really hot. 3rd day got darker color and then get better. What is it?
? insect bites: The fact that itching is present makes one wonder if these could be insect bites that become inflamed. Allergic lesions like hives usually clear in one day. If the bumps occur in hairy areas an infection of a hair follicle could explain these. These behave like small boils. ...Read more
What does it mean when the positive line shows up but doesn't get darker in color until right before ten minutes and gets really dark after the ten min?
You're pregnant?: I assume you're talking about a pregnancy test. Positive is positive. It's an immuno-chemical test. The antibody binding with the HCG molecule is very specific. If it's reactive, you can be pretty sure. As far as when the stripe gets dark... Just how many times did you repeat the test? Don't worry about the specific response. Again, positive is positive. ...Read more
I wouln't try it: If you use a freckle remover, even from a dermatologist, you risk disfiguring yourself. Freckles are endearing, they're distinctively you, and a majority of your friends probably like them. Ask them. If you want them less prominent, avoid excess sunlight -- wise in any case. ...Read more
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