Skin Discoloration

Changes or discoloration of the skin is a common problem resulting from various causes, such as birthmarks, rashes, infections, or pigmentation disorders. The other reasons include radiation therapy, sunburn, burns, petechiae or hematoma, vitiligo, hormonal changes, autoimmune diseases, and cancer.

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Are my pinprick-sized blood-red dots on the arms signs of malignancy?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a few dozen pinprick-sized blood-red dots on each of my upper arms (nowhere else) for a month. I do not think they have changed since then, but it is hard to tell since there are too many to track. I had noticed them all at once, but I am not sure for how long they have been there s...  Read Full »

Dr. Mubashir Razzaq Khan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Yes, your dermatologist is right. These are angiomas, not related to blood cancer or other malignancies. To rule out any malignancies, get ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate), LDH (lactate dehydrogenase), and CBC (complete blood count) tests done, and send me your resu...  Read Full »

I am suffering from melasma, dark patches, age spots, sunburns, and tanning. Which is the best cream to get clear skin?

Query: Hi doctor,I am suffering from melasma, dark patches, age spots, sunburns, and tanning. Suggest a cream for getting clear skin.  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Laul

Answer: Hi,Welcome to Apply Azelaic acid 10 % cream over the pigmented patches at night for 21 days.2. Use Azac (Azelaic acid) soap for bathing for two months.3. Use a sunscreen lotion with SPF (sun protection factor) of 50, 20 minutes before bathing for 20 days.4. Wash your face using organi...  Read Full »

I have discoloration, acne, and acne scarring on my overall face. Please suggest some treatment.

Query: Hi doctor, I have pimples that are going on and off. But for the last two months, they are not going away, and before, they were only like white pus-filled acne, but now I have reddish-brown colored bumps inside the skin with no heads. I also have discoloration and acne scarring on my overall face. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You are suffering from Nodulocystic acne. I suggest taking 1) Capsule Isotretinoin 30 mg once at night. 2) Gel Revize micro (Tretinoin) 0.025 percent, once at night in a very small amount over the whole face and then wash. 3) Venusia cream (moisturizer). 4) La shiel...  Read Full »

Can you suggest the best possible treatment for skin discoloration?

Query: Hi doctor, What is the best option for skin discoloration? I have had a few laser treatments, but it does not seem to be working. I am not sure if it is sun damage or melasma, but it definitely got much worse after having a baby last year. I had a total skin rejuvenation laser treatment three times....  Read Full »

Dr. G.s.s. Sandeep

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your concern is melasma, that is, pigmentation due to photosensitivity. It can be reduced but cannot be removed. All procedures will be temporary. So, never depend on any procedures for removing the pigmentation. We can reduce the pigmentation and can be maintained. I sug...  Read Full »

Will hemochromatosis cause grayish discoloration of the face?

Query: Hi doctor,I have grayish skin on the face, but my hemoglobin is normal. I have leucocytes at 11.1, ferritin 402, and C-reactive protein 13. I am on Zoloft Risperdal and Remeron. Kindly give your opinion.  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from grayish discoloration of the skin in the face. Again, according to your investment reports, your leucocytes level and CRP (C-reactive protein) level are above normal, and your fe...  Read Full »

How to improve my daughter's low platelet count?

Query: Hi doctor, My 12 year old daughter was fatigued and had blue blotches over her body. The doctor locally ordered blood tests, and the results showed low platelet count of 50000.¬†They administered Cortisone of 30 mg a day for two weeks, and the count went up to 100000. The doctor reduced Cortisone to...  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your child is having low platelet count and blue blotch over the body. The skin discoloration can be from low platelet as thrombocytopenia can lead mucosal bleeding.If it seems cyanotic patches on examination then cardiac, respiratory and vascular causes need to be search...  Read Full »

Does over-exposure to ultraviolet rays cause skin cancer?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a dark spot on my heel. Should I be worried?  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Laul

Answer: Hi, Welcome to A 70 percent risk of the lesion transforming into melanoma as irregular borders with increased melanin pigment or melanosis is noted (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). Histopathology reports are mandatory to rule out malignancy (melanoma). If found...  Read Full »

Why is the skin black and itchy on the buttocks, elbows, and around my eyes?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a skin condition where my skin is black and I have itching on my buttocks, hand elbows, and around my eyes.   Read Full »

Dr. Deepti Shukla

Answer: Hi, Welcome to First of all, please mention whether you have two different conditions such as itching and black spots, or suggest whether you have itching on black spots. I need an answer to my question for having a definitive diagnosis. Please mention whether you have black spots or ...  Read Full »

How to get rid of dark circles permanently?

Query: Hi doctor, I have dark spots under my eyes for the past two years. I want to remove them permanently. Is it possible? If yes, then please mention the method of removing it.   Read Full »

Dr. Sorna Kumar Lakshmi Kanthan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Please mention whether your mother has dark circles. Please send your picture. A dark circle is different from a dark spot. Dark spots can be a freckle or skin tag or DPN (dermatosis papulosa nigra).  Read Full »

Why has my mother's skin turned black after undergoing radiation therapy?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother is 55 years old. She was diagnosed with right breast carcinoma around 1.5 years back. She was treated with eight sessions of chemotherapy and then, surgery (mastectomy) and again, 25 sessions of radiation therapy. She got the last dose of radiation therapy around four months ...  Read Full »

Dr. Arun Kaushik. R

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. This is due to the radiation therapy. It will take some time for the lesions to heal. Daily dressing and pain reliever will help. As her immunity is low because of the radiation, dressing of the wound is essential as chance of infection is high....  Read Full »

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