White Patches

White patches on the skin commonly occur due to the dead cells getting trapped under the surface of the skin or destruction of melanocytes (dark-colored pigments) in the skin. Sunspots, tinea versicolor, pityriasis alba, vitiligo, and milia are some skin conditions that result in white patches.

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Why do I have an armpit rash?

Query: Hello doctor, Seven months back, I developed a small scaly white patch on the left hand side of my scrotum. It did not change but my groin then became damp and very itchy. After a short period both groins were like that. Last month, I saw a dermatologist who thought it might be eczema and prescribe...  Read Full »

Dr. Jyotisterna Mittal

Dermatologist, Venereologist, HIV AIDS Specialist, Cosmetologist, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your query in detail and viewed the attached pictures (attachments removed to protect patient identity) and understood your concern.  Read Full »

What could be a white patch under the tongue that does not rub off?

Query: Hi doctor, Can you please provide me with your opinion on a white patch under my tongue. It does not rub off and just noticed it a few days ago. I am currently on Losartan 100 mg.  Read Full »

Dr. Beryl Fredrick


Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern and saw your clinical pictures. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). These pictures look a little blurred and a clearer picture will make the diagnosis easier. It could be a drug-induced lichenoid reaction or lichen planus p...  Read Full »

I have light patches on my chin area that grew overtime gradually. What could it be?

Query: Hello doctor, I have light patches on my chin area that grew overtime gradually. I wish I could provide a picture so you could see. It started as a white patches, but it is light and reddish kind of.  Read Full »

Dr. Dilip Meena

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Perioral hypopigmentation in your age group is most likely because of a condition known as Pityriasis alba which is seen commonly as light patches on the face. It is common in patients with dry skin, tendency to have more allergies like rhinitis, recurrent cold, etc....  Read Full »

How is vitiligo on lips treated?

Query: Hi doctor, My daughter has vitiligo on her lower lip. It came to our notice this year, and we consulted a doctor immediately. The doctor gave Dicaris 150 mg to be taken on the weekends of every week for four months. She finished 32 Dicaris tablets so far. She also used Melbild lotion at night and s...  Read Full »

Dr. Shaunak Patel

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I appreciate you going at length in explaining me the exact medicine regimen. You are well in time and not late, so do not worry. I normally give tablet Azathioprine taking into consideration the weight factor. After the stabilization has been achieved in about a coupl...  Read Full »

I have three white patches under my tongue. What could it be?

Query: Hello doctor,I have three white patches under my tongue. They are in a row right below the side of my tongue, moderate ulcer under one of them and it looks like dead skin, while the other two are not painful. The veins along the sides of my mouth are also white and swollen.  Read Full »

Dr. Parth Laxminarayan Iyer


Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is called the linea alba. These lines most commonly run along with the occlusal plane. Kindly mention if you ever had or currently has any habit or family history of oral or systematic illness or disease. Linea alba is asymptomatic and harmless in itself and resol...  Read Full »

My penis foreskin is tight and a white patch is formed at the tip of my penis. What might be the issue?

Query: Hello doctor, I used to masturbate regularly, and I do not care much for hygiene (I wore the same used underwears, cleaned my penis once in a while, etc.). Now from the last two months, I am unable to retract. The foreskin seems to have become tight and not allowing me to even pull it back a little...  Read Full »

Dr. Gajanan Bhat

General Surgeon, Urologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Let me tell you one thing, you need not worry about your condition, as it is widespread to have phimosis, which is the case with you. The foreskin is tight in your case, and hence, retraction is painful. The white patch you are referring to is nothing but color due t...  Read Full »

What are the causes of flaky white patches on a baby's forehead?

Query: Hi doctor, My baby is four months old. He has white patches on his forehead and around his eyes. They are flaky and little skin peels off. I am much worried. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Bharatesh Devendra Basti

Community Medicine Physician, Dermatologist, HIV AIDS Specialist, Preventive Medicine Physician, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It may be due to seborrheic dermatitis (itchy red rash with flaky scales) or atopic dermatitis or simple dryness. Please consult a dermatologist for examination and management. Use mild soap or cleanser for face wash. You can also use a moisturizer.  Read Full »

I have tonsil looking like a white build up with some veins on it. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have a left tonsil that looks like a white build up with some veins on it. I recently was diagnosed with a jaw bone that was malaligned so I am wearing several appliances to get that back set in place. I recently went to an ENT and they put a scope down my nose and said my tonsils a...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan N

Allergy Specialist, General Practitioner, ENT Otolaryngologist, Family Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The left tonsil seems mildly hypertrophied and unhealthy. But it does not have any active infection. Can you take a picture with both tonsils in view? Tonsils are normal structures and unless one is much bigger than the other we usually do not suspect anything. Do you hav...  Read Full »

What is the white patch behind my baby's ear?

Query: Hi doctor, My son is 14 months old and a normal baby. He has developed white patches or spot behind ear and back of the neck. According to my knowledge, it is present since birth or from the time he was three months old. My father has eczema in his leg. The patches do not spread but with time, they...  Read Full »

Dr. Chaitra Prakash


Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for sharing the photographs (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I can notice the patches are forming lines. They are identified as birth marks. Just the way there are black moles present, similarly white moles are there. These birth marks do not...  Read Full »

I consume gutkha and now I have burning sensation with white patch in mouth. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 34 years old, male. I am eating gutkha for the past 12 years and now I have found a white patch in my mouth and I consulted an ENT. He suggested me 10 days course of one Asbex tablet and one cream for the white patch. I am using it for 10 days and now the white patch is slowly disap...  Read Full »

Dr. Tooba Qazi


Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Keep applying that gel for two weeks more. Avoid spicy food for one month. You have to take less spicy food for your entire life if you want to stay away from cancer. That's the bad news for you that you are experiencing the first few symptoms of oral cancer that is bur...  Read Full »

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