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Sudden appearance of brown spots on hands,arm & face
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Sudden appearance of brown spots on hands,arm & face

For a number of years I have been getting brown spots on my face, hands and arms, but suddenly I theyhave gotten so bad, my husband noticed. I hadn't really paid attention, and now am concerned. I know sun can cause them, but having been treated for basal cell carcinoa on my nose, I am not outside much. Can health issues cause them? Any help will be appreciated.
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Hello,
From the symptoms they look like solar lentigenes. They are harmless, flat, brown discolorations of the skin which usually occur on the back of the hands, neck and face of people older than 40 years of age. They are caused by the skin being exposed to the sun over many years and are a sigh of sun damage. The only way to prevent age spots is to use liberal amounts of sunscreen before the age of forty, avoid the sun, and wear protective clothing. The newest treatment for age spots is an alpha hydroxy acid gel or beta hydroxy acid gel.  Retin-A cream, alpha hydroxyacid peels, and liquid nitrogen therapy are other options.

It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care and please do keep me posted on how you are doing.


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