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Blotches on skin?

Asked by babygalll (2748points) May 29th, 2008

I have these light brow blotchy spots on my inner arms. Sometimes red, but it turns to brown. Only on the inside of my arms. I have been to the dermatologist and he said it was eczema, but I don’t think so. The skin is not rough in that area. It’s very smooth and only itches if it’s dry. I notice it gets worse in the sun. Any ideas what it could be? Can anyone relate?

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shilolo's avatar

Babygalll, This is hard to answer without actually seeing what the lesions look like. One possibility are lentigos, which occur likely due to sun exposure. Other possibilities include ringworm (not really a worm, but a fungal infection) or pityriasis rosea. That said, eczema has many forms, and so your dermatologist could be right. For example, nummular eczema can occur with the type of distribution you described. Hard for me to second guess a dermatologist who actually saw your arms.

Take a look at some of the pictures from the diseases I listed and see if they match your lesions. You can also use google images to find more examples. Good luck.

marinelife's avatar

What course of treatment did the dermatologist recommend? Is it helpful?

shorty's avatar

how old are you?

Adina1968's avatar

You could seek the opinion of a second dermatologist.

margeryred's avatar

I personally have had my bouts with eczema and Psoriosis and to be perfectly honest with you the patches or affected areas fade with exposure to sun light or tanning light or beds.

So It is doubtfully that ailment. Try Oil of Olay skin cream for age spots… it seems to clear up some of the spots on my body that I don’t like that are smooth but darker.

NOTE: do not ignore the spots. They could be the first indications of skin cancer/melanoma. Be careful and when it doubt get a second opinion.

babygalll's avatar

@Marina and margeryred: It’s only in one area on my arm and no where else on my body. The Doctor gave me Hydrocortisone Cream 2.5%, but it didn’t do anything. I know what Eczema looks like, so I know it’s not Eczema. It doesn’t itch or anything. Doesn’t fade in the sun, but it becomes darker.

I am going to call in and make another appointment, but I want to go in with questions of what it could be. I don’t want to just go in and get a cream that might help it.

Thanks all.

margeryred's avatar

Unfortunately, that is a lot of what doctors do… they give a you a cream that MIGHT work… they have to rule a lot of things out and a lot don’t know what things are on sight.

If you have a flat mole type splotch and it gets darker and is not a perfect sphere (it is taking on different shapes) you should really get that checked out by a dermatologist immediately. If they don’t know what it is then you need to get a second opinion. This could be the beginnings of melanoma. DON’T IGNORE! Don’t expose to sun!!! Cover it.

margeryred's avatar

By the way Shilolo I did give you GA points on your answer!!! Very impressive!

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