Stretch Marks

Long streaks, stripes, or lines that develop on the skin when it is stretched suddenly are called stretch marks. They can develop in the thighs, stomach, breasts, arms, and buttocks. It develops commonly during pregnancy, weight gain, and puberty.

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I have stretch marks and skin darkening in my stomach after my recent delivery. How to get rid of them?

Query: Hi doctor, I delivered a baby girl last week through a C-section. My baby and I are healthy by god's grace. However, I have many stretch marks post-delivery. Are there any creams or lotions to get rid of them? I am concerned because my stomach has also turned black and looks weird along with these s...  Read Full »

Dr. Richa Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thanks for trusting us with your health care. I have gone through your history and understand your concerns. I suggest you to apply coconut oil every day. I hope this has helped you. Good luck.  Read Full »

My stretch marks are increasing day by day. How can I get rid of it?

Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from severe stretch marks problem, which is increasing day by day. What can I do to get rid of it? And also I want to remove the old marks which are present near my belly, armpits and above shoulder. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Syed Shakeel Akthar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Please do mention your age whenever you ask any query in the future. If your stretch marks are new, then it will be reddish. If it is old it will be whitish, the response to new stretch marks are good whereas old ones respond less to creams and ointments. Please try ...  Read Full »

I have stretch marks. Why do they appear, and what are the ways to prevent it?

Query: Hello doctor, I have stretch marks. Why these appear? And how it can be prevented. Please give me an idea of avoiding this disease.  Read Full »

Dr. Sajeev Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Stretch marks may appear due to the rapid hormonal changes and growth associated with puberty, during pregnancy, or with medical diseases, such as Cushing syndrome. Stretch marks can have causes that are not due to underlying disease. Examples include pregnancy, weight...  Read Full »

I end up diagnosed with ED syndrome for joint and back pain. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, So frustrating, so a geneticist made a statement that I might have a mild form of hypermobility EDS. So I went to a rheumy who told me my Brighton score was 9/9 and that he knows I have hypermobility syndrome and would have to see a geneticist to see about the possibility of a mild fo...  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Joint hypermobility can be due to Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, which is characterized by weakness of the connective tissues of the body. It is also seen in Down syndrome and in people with Marfan's syndrome. I do not find a picture of Marfan syndrome seeing your images. (at...  Read Full »

Is cracked foreskin a side effect of steroid cream?

Query: Hi doctor, I suffered from the worst case of Tinea cruris. I was on medication for almost six months and now it has cured completely. But, I am facing problems with my foreskin. Every now and then I have cuts and cracks when I pull the foreskin back. Also, when the foreskin is too dry it is having s...  Read Full »

Dr. Raman Tanwar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your foreskin appears to be healthy (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and deserves to be saved. The coconut oil application is a very good way for that. Apply Clobetasol ointment twice a day after bath and evening and retract your foreskin multiple times du...  Read Full »

What causes petechiae after lifting weights?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 21 years old. Recently my GP asked for my blood work and I was tested for iron and vitamin D. My iron was fine. I had way too little vitamin D, however the doctor gave me vitamin D supplements. Right after I started taking the supplement, I got a cold and it lasted for two weeks. Lat...  Read Full »

Dr. Prakash H. Muddegowda

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Based on your query, my opinion is as follows: I can understand your dilemma. Family history and suspicious lesion can be difficult. Vitamin D deficiency is common nowadays due to reduced sun exposure. However, boosters would have helped. Avoid any further boosters as vit...  Read Full »

I have stretch marks on my body and wanted to remove it. Please suggest some medicines to remove it.

Query: Hello doctor,I have stretch marks on my whole body, and I want to remove them as they are white. Please suggest me some medicine to remove them in a year as after a year I have my marriage. And I get these stretch marks at the time of puberty, and I had mentally suffered because of the stretch marks...  Read Full »

Dr. Jyotisterna Mittal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Stretch marks are formed in areas of a rapid growth spurt or weight gain, due to side effects of certain medications or other medical conditions. Treatment will depend on whether your stretch marks are new or old, color reddish or whitish and the cause of stretch mar...  Read Full »

How to get rid of stretch marks present all over the stomach?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 28 year old male. I weigh 91 kg and my height is 5'10". Currently, I am on no medication. I have stretch marks almost all over my body and have been having this for the last 6-7 years. The stretch marks are present on my stomach, shoulder blades, forearm intersection, lower back...  Read Full »

Dr. Gauri Kshirsagar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You have a body mass index - BMI of 28 which comes in overweight category. Stretch marks result from excessive stretching of the skin. So, I will highly recommend you to reduce weight by at least 7-8 kg. Once stretch marks are formed, they are hard to treat. ...  Read Full »

Why do the stretch marks on my inner thighs hurt?

Query: Hello doctor, I have stretch marks on my inner thighs and buttocks area. When I sit for about 30 minutes, the stretch marks hurt (in the scale of 1-10, the pain is around 8). So, I have to stand up once in a while. More and more stretch marks appear when they hurt and they hurt too. It is very unco...  Read Full »

Dr. Chaitra. P

Answer: Hi, Welcome to have gone through your history and picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I get your worry. I can see that you have already tried a lot of therapies for the same with not much relief. Weight gain is usually a gradual process and not much skin stretch...  Read Full »

How can stretch marks be cured?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 21 years old. My main concern is, I have a lot of stretch marks on my body. I had them on my shoulder and thighs since I was 10 years old. Now, I have them even on my belly and biceps area. For the past three months, I have been working out. I do not feel it is because of working ou...  Read Full »

Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have checked the photographs (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and noticed that you have a lot of old stretch marks on your shoulders and abdomen. I would suggest you start topical application of Tretinoin cream 0.1% on the stretch marks daily at night...  Read Full »

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