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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Does pityriasis rosea cause white patches on the face, which leaves pigmentation after healing?

Query: Hi doctor, For the past one week, I have small white patches on my face and red patches on my neck. It is getting increased day by day. I recently ate papaya (but I used to take it every year, seasonally). I started using a facial moisturizer (Nature's Quest) after six to eight months gap. But I did...  Read Full »

Dr. Dilip Kumar Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. But there are no attached photographs in your message. Kindly send a picture of the affected area to assess the condition and suggest the appropriate diagnosis and treatment.  Read Full »

Will eating gutkha burn my mouth and leave a white patch?

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 »

There is a white patch on my baby's back.Is this vitiligo?

Query: Hello doctor, I have an eight month old baby. There is a white patch on her back. It has been there without any changes since 3 months. Is this vitiligo?  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the white patches of your baby in the attached pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity). This is not vitiligo, because 1. Vitiligo will be depigmented and not hypopigmented as in your case. 2. Vitiligo is very rare in infancy. 3. Vitilig...  Read Full »

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 »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

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 have small patches of asymptomatic white skin on my glans. What could it be?

Query: Hello doctor, I have got small patches of asymptomatic white skin on my glans. I had them for years but was told it was just skin pigmentation. So I’m just wondering, are there any creams or ointments that I could use to restore some natural color or even get rid of this white, pale skin pigmentat...  Read Full »

Dr. G. S. S. Sandeep

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Is it possible to forward a few clear pictures of glans? I can guess a few differential diagnoses here. 1. Candidiasis: It is a normal fungal infection. Start using Ketoconazole cream once daily after bath for 15 days. 2. Post-inflammatory hypopigmentation: Due to ...  Read Full »

I have developed a smooth patch on tongue. Can this be cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a wisdom tooth pulled four months back. A month later, I developed a smooth patch on the tongue that would heal and come right back in the same spot. I have never drunk, or smoke, and no family history of oral cancer. I am really scared it keeps coming back. There is no pain, jus...  Read Full »

Dr. Geethanjali. S. S

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the picture you have attached along with the complaint (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The smooth patch on your tongue does not seem to be caused by the wisdom tooth extraction. Basically, your tongue is not in a normal appearance. It has ...  Read Full »

Despite taking medications, I have a sore throat with white streaks, red bumps, and an odd feeling on my tongue. What could be the reason?

Query: Hi doctor,I have had a sore throat for the past four weeks now. And I noticed white streaks and red bumps in my throat and took antibiotics, but it was not beneficial. It has been there for the past two weeks. The doctor did blood and swab tests, but the reports were normal. And he thinks it is vira...  Read Full »

Dr. Ranjit Peter

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your query and understood your concern. There are a few possibilities based on the photographs and your clinical history (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). 1) Inflammation of the mucosa (skin) lining your throat following a viral in...  Read Full »

I have a white spot in my mouth which is not resolving since two weeks. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I noticed a white spot in my mouth about two weeks ago, but I am unsure if it has been there for a long time. It does not seem to improve. Please suggest what it could be.  Read Full »

Dr. Achanta Krishna Swaroop

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your query and understood your concern. Usually, a white patch can occur on the buccal mucosa but it is self-limiting. Please refrain from smoking or drinking alcohol, or eating any hot, spicy foods on a daily basis. White lesions will subside on its ...  Read Full »

I am concerned about the red bumps and white streaks that appear inside my throat due to sore throat despite taking antibiotics. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had a sore throat for the past four weeks. First, I noticed white streaks that appeared inside my throat and took an antibiotic for it, but that did not work. Then red bumps started to appear and have been for two weeks now. The doctor I visited did blood tests and swab tests, but ...  Read Full »

Dr. Akshay B K

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. According to the pictures shared, I can see some white patches in the tonsilar fossa but it is not clear in the picture (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). However, I have a few questions, 1. Does it look like oral candidiasis? It usually resembles ...  Read Full »

What is the cause for pain and swelling after mouth injury?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 18 years old. I bit my mouth while eating and my jaw hurts since yesterday evening. It is swollen, and now it is whitish yellow in color. It is painful and it has become worse. Do you have any clue of what this might be? Kindly suggest.   Read Full »

Dr. Honey Nandwani

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. There might be some infection in the affected area. At times, pain and swelling can be due to inflammation. So, my suggestion is to consult a dentist and get evaluated. For now, take some anti-inflammatory painkillers like Ibuprofen and do cool compresses over the swel...  Read Full »

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