Melanin is the pigmentation that gives color to the skin, hair, and eyes. In hypopigmentation, there is a decrease in the level of melanin with tyrosine. They cause patches on the skin with reduced skin tone compared with the normal tone. Hypopigmentation is seen in cases of albinism, vitiligo, and pityriasis alba.
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Why do I have skin issues and white patches on my back that spread over the day?
Query: Hello doctor, I am having some issues with my skin. I have white patches on my back, which spread over the day. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As per the history and image provided (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), the condition is Tinea versicolor. It is a fungal infection mostly appearing as white patches on the skin around the neck, shoulders, back, and sometimes face. The fungal el... Read Full »
I need help to get rid of the light skin patch present on the left side of the upper lip.
Query: Hi doctor, I have a lighter patch of skin on the left side of my upper lip, affecting my facial symmetry. It has been here for a couple of months, and I want help in getting rid of it now. I do not have pain and still do not know the cause behind it. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Do you have a history of atopy or allergies? Do you have any itchy lesions causing excess scratching and rubbing? Have you used Steroid cream in the past? Answer the questions for details. Read Full »
I have a skin disease with itching in hands and legs with hair fall problem. Give me advice and details related to the disease.
Query: Dear Doctor, I have skin disease with itching in hands and legs along with heavy hair fall problem. I have attached my medical report and prescription (attachment removed to protect privacy). Give me advice and details related to the disease. Also I need more details about the prescription. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your biopsy shows hansen's disease or leprosy in common language. To help you better, I need a few photos of the lesion and few more details. Also kindly answer the following questions: Do you have any dry hypopigmented patch anywhere on the body? Do you have any tingling... Read Full »
Why did my cheek turn white on applying Selsun blue shampoo?
Query: Hi doctor, I am a 37 year old male. From my childhood, I had white patches (skin discoloration) that come and go and I was informed that was due to dandruff. I always use moisturizer. I read an online post and I applied Selsun blue shampoo on one side of the cheek where there were light wheatish pa... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. What do you mean by white patches? Was it diagnosed as Pityriasis versicolor or vitiligo? Please send images. What medications have you used till now? Revert back with the answers to the above questions to a dermatologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-docto... Read Full »
Usage of Eidel cream for skin rashes caused white patches. Will it likely fade?
Query: Hello doctor, I experienced a rash after an allergic reaction that spans from my chest, neck, and face. I removed the allergen from my diet and was prescribed Elidel to help clear the rash. However, I experienced over the course of two to three days, white patches which look as there is absolut... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. If the patch is secondary to the use of Elidel (Pimecrolimus) fade cream then it is temporary. Within two or three months gradually it will subside. Right now do not use anything else on the face except for sunscreen and moisturizer. If it does not subside even after t... Read Full »
White patches developed on spots where corticosteroid was applied. Is it vitiligo?
Query: Hi doctor, My daughter has skin lesions that started last year. They are on one side of the body. Initially, she got eczema kind small red rashes for which we applied Corticosteroid and later we observed whitish patches developing on those spots. Initially, the GP thought it could be tinea versicolo... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your history and clinical photographs (attachment removed to protect patient identity). From the present situation, it looks to be vitiligo. Since it is on one side of the body, it can be called as segmental vitiligo also. Tacrolimus is the right m... Read Full »
My face is looking very uneven after laser treatment. Is it hypopigmentation?
Query: Hello doctor, I had taken 3 peel and 3 lasers (Q-switching) for skin lightening. I have dark skin. After the treatment my cheeks have become very fair and it does not get tanned also. However the rest of the face is still dark. It has developed after the Q-switching session. I want to know is this h... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is post-inflammatory hypopigmentation. In most cases it is temporary and will automatically revert back to normal in few weeks and sometimes in few months. Do not intentionally go for sun exposure as it may worsen your condition. Which peel did they use? Wh... Read Full »
My baby has a white spot on his back. Is it vitiligo?
Query: Hi doctor, My 4 week old baby has a white spot on his back. Is it vitiligo? Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen your query and concern. With your descriptions it seems your child may have pityriasis alba (fine, dry and pale patches). Pityriasis alba is a treatable disease and more common in childhood or it may be pre vitiligo. Please get reviewed with picture for bette... Read Full »
How can hypopigmentation be treated in an infant?
Query: Hello doctor, My 6-week-old daughter has got white hypopigmented areas on bilateral groins and both inner thighs more in the left groin. Also, they seem to be appearing near the umbilicus and upper chest. We are very worried about it and want to know if there is any treatment available for it. Your ... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through the attachments (attachment removed to protect patient identity). She seems to have trichrome vitiligo which is an indication of active disease. I would like to know the duration. Were they present at birth? Is it spreading? Did you... Read Full »