Patchy red or purple areas on the skin that transform into thick, firm, white, and oval-shaped areas similar to scleroderma are characteristic features of an autoimmune skin condition known as morphea. These lesions are painless, and the affected skin loses its flexibility. This is due to excessive collagen deposition. Face, neck, trunk, feet, and arms are frequently affected by these lesions.

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Query: Hello doctor, My son is 6 years old. For three years, we have seen this spot on his left hand's palm that appear very dark black-bluish than it is today as it appears in the photo. And then it would suppress, and the skin would become normal color. It used to be of the same size as it appears now. J...  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hello, Welcome to If there is underlying thickness, it will favor Morphea, also known as localized scleroderma. Confirmation could only be made on biopsy, which on the other way also can diagnose other similar diseases like lichen planus pigmentosus. I would advise you to use Flutivat...  Read Full »

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Dr. Sneha Mariam Varghese

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern and have seen the attached photo (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Since it present for many years, the possible diagnosis is morphea, which an increased deposition of collagen skin protein in that localized area. Although ...  Read Full »

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