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Freckle

Freckles are clusters of pigment cells formed under the skin. It is also known as ephelides. The formation of freckles occurs due to exposure of skin to sunlight. It activates melanocytes causing melanin production, resulting in darker freckles on the skin. Freckles are harmless and can disappear by aging.

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I have a small dark freckle on the skin, which left a brown spot on excision. Is this sinister?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 42-year-old female in a premenopausal condition with fair skin. I found a small dark freckle on my tummy a couple of months ago, which I cut out myself. Now I am left with a brown scar. Do you think it is sinister?  Read Full »


Dr. Dhepe Snehal Madhav

Answer: Hello, Welcome back to icliniq.com. Do you have a family history of melanoma? Do you have any associated symptoms? Are there any itching, irritation, or pain? Is there bleeding or crust formation? Do you have many moles, dysplastic nevi, or freckles on the body? Are any changes in shape, size, or ...  Read Full »

Is the round spot on my foot a freckle?

Query: Hello doctor,I found a dark, round spot on the back of my foot towards my toe. Unfortunately, I do not know how long I have had it. I was told by my mom, who is a nurse, that it was probably a freckle. I am not sure because it is pretty big. It is still smaller than an eraser on a pencil though. Whe...  Read Full »


Dr. Payal Chauhan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern, but there are no attached photographs in your message. Kindly send a picture of the affected area to help you better. I need to see the affected area to assess the condition and to suggest the appropriate diagnosis and treatment. Please sen...  Read Full »

I have small bumps around my nose and freckles. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have small bumps around my nose and some freckles on my cheeks and forehead. Can they be permanently removed? Kindly help.  Read Full »


Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your query. I understand your concern. Warts can be treated with an application of TCA-trichloroacetic acid. Moles are usually removed with radiofrequency or electro-cautery for cosmetic reasons. However, it should always be removed completely to preven...  Read Full »

I have a lot of freckles on my face. What could be done?

Query: Hi doctor,I have lots of freckles on my face. A skin expert advised me to use a day cream from a reputed brand. But my skin becomes very oily after using it. Please advise me on a suitable cream.Thank you.  Read Full »


Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Icliniq.com. I understand your concern. According to your description, it seems to be freckles or ephelides, which are common in individuals who get sunburned easily and do not tan. On the other hand, it is uncommon among people who have dark skin. You can use 30 percent trichloroac...  Read Full »

What could cause a dark spot on the iris of the eye?

Query: Hello doctor, I have realized that a dark spot appeared on the iris of my eye. I wanted to get a first opinion on an HD photo. Would that be possible? My partner informed me that she saw something similar in my eye in the past.  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for the query. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have a dark spot in the iris of your eye. According to the picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity) that is provided here, you may suffer from dark spots on the iris d...  Read Full »

I have a dark spot under my eyebrow. Is it cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, I noticed a dark brown spot under my eyebrow last year and it has gotten larger and darker over time. It is in an imperfect oval shape, with one side much darker brown than the other. I have psoriatic arthritis and have taken immune system-suppressing drugs over the last three years. I...  Read Full »


Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. After reviewing the description and the photos attached,(attachments have been removed to protect the patient's identity) it seems you have freckles. Freckles or ephelis are common in individuals who sunburn easily and do not tan. It is...  Read Full »

I am concerned about freckles that turned into brown spots or moles upon continous exposure to sun. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor,I have been suffering from freckles due to sun exposure, which turned into brown moles. I cannot wear a swimming suit when needed. Kindly suggest treatment.Thank you.  Read Full »


Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. I have reviewed the images sent by you (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity) and can infer that seborrheic keratosis is also present along with freckles. Freckles or ephelis are common in individuals who get sunburn e...  Read Full »

I have developed freckles on my face. How to treat it?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 28-year-old male and have freckles on my face. I donated blood three years ago, and freckles appeared on my face after some time. I have attached my photo, kindly suggest medicine.  Read Full »


Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I saw your clinical picture (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), and In my opinion you have melasma. This is not freckles. Melasma is a condition where the skin over the cheeks, nose, eyebrows, and upper lip becomes brown. This is most of the time ...  Read Full »

What causes freckles?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had two freckles of size one inch for several years. It did not cause any concern. But with the current heatwave, I am extra cautious with them. I have previously been to a doctor several years ago who had told me they were fine. I am not on any medications. Kindly help.  Read Full »


Dr. Dilip Kumar Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Thanks for sharing the pictures (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity). I do not think they are freckles. I have few differentials, and the most probable one is papular sarcoidosis. It is an inflammatory skin condition. A...  Read Full »

How to treat the bumpy freckle present on my back?

Query: Hi doctor, I went to scratch my back today. I scratched a bumpy freckle. I thought that it was a pimple. Kindly tell me whether I have to be worried about it or not? Thanks in advance.  Read Full »


Dr. Dhepe Snehal Madhav

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You can use Fucidin cream (Fusidic Acid 2%) twice daily for seven days on the scratched lesion. Did you had bleeding?  Read Full »

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