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Brown Spots

Brown spots on the face and skin are most commonly due to sun exposure. Such spots are termed ephelis and lentigo and occur due to excessive melanin deposition. Sometimes brown spots can be the result of skin conditions, medications, etc. Wearing sunscreens with atleast an SPF of 50, anti-aging creams, creams containing kojic acid, niacinamide, vitamin E, retinoids, arbutin, etc., help reduce such brown spots.

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My pubic region looks pale red very often, with no other symptoms. What could it be?

Query: Hello doctor, My pubic region tends to look pale red quite often and stays like that for a long time. There are no other symptoms other than the color. Also, I marked a brown spot in the picture that I have attached, it is not raised but simply darker than the surrounding skin. I have a couple of th...  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Madhav

Answer: Hello, Welcome to From the picture (attachment removed to protect patient's identity), it is an allergic rash (red rash) due to contact with an irritant cosmetic soap, lotion, chemical product, or possible superficial fungal infection. I suggest applying Miconazole (Miconazole Nitrate...  Read Full »

I got a brown mark after applying toothpaste. How to fade away the mark?

Query: Hello doctor, I got a brown mark after applying toothpaste. The doctor suggested applying Fucidin cream but the mark is not going. What to do to fade away the mark? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. I went through the image (the attchment removed to protect the patient's identity). It seems you have post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) at the site of the application of toothpaste. I suggest you apply K...  Read Full »

I have a fungal infection, and I use Lulican cream, antifungal soap, and Salicylic acid lotion. Is it the correct treatment?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a non-severe brown skin fungus on my neck which appeared last summer. It was darker initially and later faded, but I want to remove it. So, I have been using Lulican cream. I was told only to use it at night. I also clean it with an antifungal soap, exfoliate it, and use salicylic ...  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Madhav

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is an urticarial rash due to excess heat exposure. Avoid known triggers. Maintain a diary and record what things you are allergic to and whatnot. I suggest using the following. Take Tablet Teczine-M (Levocetirizine and Montelukast) once at night after food for seven ...  Read Full »

How do I get rid of brown spots on my leg?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 66 years old, and I have brown spots all down my leg. I take the following medications Lisinopril hctz, Gemfibrozil, Atorvastatin, Venlafaxine, and 81 mg Aspirin. I am 5 feet 7 inches, and I weigh 285 pounds. I have a picture of brown spots on my leg. They do itch sometimes. Please a...  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Madhav

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I suggest you do the following. Apply Aziderm (Azelaic acid) 20 percent cream in the daytime for 20 days. Apply Kojic cream (Kojic acid) at night for 20 days. Use Kojic soap for the bath for two months. Take Tablet Limcee (Vitamin C) 500 mg once a day after breakfast fo...  Read Full »

Why am I having brown color patches on my hands?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a patch on my palm of a brown or tan color that feels leathery and a bit thicker than the same patch on my other hand. I am scared that it is acanthosis nigricans. It is dry. It is not itchy. Sometimes, when I lean on it, it turns a bright red for a day or two. I have similar tan c...  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Madhav

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As per the image attached (attachment removed to protect patient's identity), it is acute eczematous dermatitis characterized by red scaling plaques or dry lesions. Differential diagnosis can be allergic contact dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, photoeczematous dermatit...  Read Full »

What are the tips to distinguish nodular melanoma at home?

Query: Hello doctor,What are the tips to distinguish nodular melanoma at home?  Read Full »

Dr. Shama Naaz

Answer: Hello,Welcome to most important warning sign of melanoma is a new spot on the skin or a spot that is changing in size, shape, or color. Another important sign is a spot that looks different from all of the other spots on your skin. One half of a mole or birthmark does not match the o...  Read Full »

Will Depo shots cause symptoms like irregular period, pain in ovary, and brown spots?

Query: Hello doctor, I was wondering is it is normal to have an irregular period after stopping the Depo shot. My last shot was administered sometime before three months (I do not remember the date). I had taken two shots but decided to stop because I kept bleeding and spotting while on the shot. I experie...  Read Full »

Dr. Sravanthi Nuthalapati

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As you mentioned, it is a known side effect of Depo shot to have irregular spotting or occasional bleeding too. And usually, the effect of the Depo Provera shot last maximum up to three months only (depending on the dose). The present experience of heavy bleeding and...  Read Full »

Are peeling brown freckles on the skin a sign of skin cancer?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a dark red or brown large freckle appeared on my skin. I noticed it because it came on with a subtle stinging. It was there for a few days, and then it peeled right off like sunburned skin. Underneath was fresh white skin. Is this a form of cancer?  Read Full »

Dr. Sneha Mariam Varghese

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen the attached photo (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and read the brief history. It does not look like anything you should be afraid of. Firstly, as your skin type is prone to sun damage, it should just be a sunburn as it is more likely to ...  Read Full »

What causes brown spots and scars on my face?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a couple of brown spots on my face. I also have some scars on my face. Kindly help me to get rid of them. I use to have a clear face and I got acne a couple of months back. I do not have any pimples on my face and I think that I have milia on my left and right cheeks. I have three...  Read Full »

Dr. Aisvareea

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through the attached image (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I can see dark spots and scars on your face. It occurs as a result of acne. For oily skin, you need to use a regular face wash twice daily with a mild cleanser. In between the dayti...  Read Full »

How to treat a dark brown spot on my foot?

Query: Hello doctor,I have a dark mark on the foot, originally dark brown (mole-colored) with red hints. Now it is faded with a reddish tinge. Though it is flat, I can feel a slight rise when I run the finger over it. And it is painless. The shape is two small circles linked together, a little like two che...  Read Full »

Dr. Shama Naaz

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Could you tell me the duration of the skin lesion? Also, I would like to get a picture of your lesion if that is possible. Color changes, as described by you, is not good. Do you notice any sudden growth or pain?  Read Full »

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