Birthmarks are patches or discolorations that are noticeable on the skin at the time of birth or in the first month after birth. They are usually harmless and benign. They may be caused due to different factors.

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Will a white patch on baby's thigh fade on its own?

Query: Hello doctor, My 4 months old baby has a small white mark on her right thigh, which appeared a few days later after her birth. I am just concerned about what it is. I showed it to two general practitioners, and they said it would go away on its own. I just wanted an expert's advice. I hope it is no...  Read Full »

Dr. Shama Naaz

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to According to history, a white patch appeared over the right thigh a few days after birth. Looking at the picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity), there is a single white lesion without any dark border around it. It is only present on one side. Thes...  Read Full »

Are there any medication to subside brown spots in the skin of a small kid?

Query: Hello doctor, We have a 9-month-old baby girl. She has five brown marks, two of them are 2 cm size and the other three of 0.5 cm. They are irregular in shape. Initial two marks appeared when she was 3 months old and now when she is 9 months three more for added that are comparatively light and 0....  Read Full »

Dr. Aditi Dhanta


Answer: Hi, Welcome to Please send me a photograph of the lesion. On the basis of history, it seems to be cafe lait macules, but to be sure I need photographs of the lesion. Presently, I will not suggest any medications as baby is small and I need to be sure. Kindly review with photographs.  Read Full »

Can tattoo over a birthmark cover it?

Query: Hello doctor, I am attaching a picture of a mark. Can you tell me if this is a melanoma? It has been that size for a long time but, it looks a little weird.  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to From your description and the given picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it seems you have a mole or melanocytic nevus. They are considered benign melanomas and nothing actively needs to be done for them. If the mole shows a sudden increase in s...  Read Full »

Can a brown colored birthmark be removed using laser?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a birthmark on the left-hand side of my face around or near my eye. Not too big in size. I do not know the name of the particular birthmark but it is brown in color. With and without insurance, how much would it cost to get the birthmark lasered? How many sessions would I need?...  Read Full »

Dr. Rabia


Answer: Hello, Welcome to It would have been better if you could attach pictures of your lesion for proper diagnosis and treatment. From your description, it could be a port wine stain or may be congenital melanocytic nevus. For its treatment, lasers are available like pulsed dye laser, an al...  Read Full »

Having some discoloration on the back of the scalp. Could it be folliculitis?

Query: Hi doctor, I shave my head with a razor blade once in a few days as if shaving my face. I have been doing this for seven years now. Four years ago, my doctor noticed that I had a discoloration on the back of my scalp. He said it was nothing to worry about and had probably always been there like a b...  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen your query and concern. I have examined your pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It seems that you are having non-involuting congenital hemangioma (NICH). NICH present at birth and usually flatter, presented as well defined round to ...  Read Full »

I have an itchy, tender, small growth in my hand. What could it be?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a very small growth-like in my hand for a month now. Actually, it started itching and the area surrounding is tender. I have attached the picture for your reference.  Read Full »

Dr. Gaurang Gupta

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Hair Transplant Surgeon, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to There are two diagnoses, which matches with your pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and symptoms. The first one is infected nevus sebaceous and the second one is infected wart. Now let us differentiate the two diseases. Nevus sebaceous is...  Read Full »

What is the cause of a white patch on my baby's scrotum?

Query: Hi doctor, My son is three months old and he recently got a white patch on his scrotum. Is it normal or do I have a reason to be worried?  Read Full »

Dr. Shilpa Reddy Diggireddy


Answer: Hello, Welcome to Since the baby is three months, it could be a birthmark that has developed. Some birthmarks come early in life and some later on such as white spots, dark blackish spots, moles and so on. Another condition is called jock itch caused by infection due to tinea which i...  Read Full »

My friend and I have similar birthmarks. Is there a chance of them turning cancerous?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a facial birthmark. I searched it up and it seems like a nevus spilus/ speckled lentiginous nevus. I read that it can turn cancerous! My parents never told me this and when I told them they told me I was just being paranoid for nothing. My friend also has a birthmark that see...  Read Full »

Dr. Shaunak Patel

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I appreciate you deciding to go an extra mile in gathering information about your and your friend's problem. In answer to your problem, chances of it to turn malignant (cancerous) are remote but nevertheless cannot be ruled out. As such, birthmarks tend to be deepe...  Read Full »

I got a new birthmark like thing. Is it melanoma?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a birthmark like thing on one of my toes. I am 90 percent sure that I have not had it since birth. My father passed away due to melanoma. I am much worried about this. Please help me.  Read Full »

Dr. Jyotisterna Mittal

Dermatologist, Venereologist, HIV AIDS Specialist, Cosmetologist, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read your query and can well understand your concern. From your question I can understand that this lesion has been present on your foot since long time. Melanocytic nevi maybe benign or malignant. If this lesion has recently changed any character that is incr...  Read Full »

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