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What does Cafe Au Lait spot look like?

Query: Hello doctor, We have identical twin girls who are six years old. Both have hyperpigmented spots, but one of them has more than the other and a bit larger. They are tan, a little indistinct, and several with ragged edges. We have been able to identify seven spots. It appears they have darkened as w...  Read Full »


Dr. Snehal Laul

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is a prototypical benign melanocytic nevus, which is acquired nevus due to excess sun exposure. It is a benign growth on the skin, usually tan, brown color that contains a cluster of melanocytes. It may disappear with advancing age. Avoid long term sun exposure....  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 icliniq.com. 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 »

I have a flat brown spot with flaky edges. Is it melanoma?

Query: Hi doctor, A few days back, a brown spot appeared halfway on my thigh. By the same night, it grew and it was black. In less than 24 hours. Small brown spot turned black and grew in just a few hours. It is flat. I am writing this a week later. The edges are flaky now. It has a slightly rough texture...  Read Full »


Dr. Rabia

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The bigger brown patch is cafe-au-lait macule and the small one is probably an atypical nevus (attachment removed to protect patient identity). That is not melanoma clinically to me. Melanoma is very rare at a young age like in your case and obviously very rare in brow...  Read Full »

Can cafe-au-lait spots cause neurofibromatosis?

Query: Hi doctor, I have noticed three to five cafe-au-lait spots in my body in which three of them are confirmed, the other two were light and was not examined by my dermatologist. I do not have enough spots to be diagnosed with neurofibromatosis 1, but I was scared that I could be affected with neurofib...  Read Full »


Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abelrahman Abouibrahim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Having some Cafe-au-lait spots is usually a benign phenomenon, that you need not get worried about it. In order to diagnose NF (neurofibromatosis), there are many criteria that you will not meet. Please send me some photos of the spots in order to be fully reassured. Pl...  Read Full »

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