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Not-so-white patches on the chest

Hi.. I had recently posted a question about IGH (http://www.medhelp.org/posts/Dermatology/Idiopathic-guttate-hypomelanosis-or-vitiligo/show/2084492#post_9877332). I have been very conscious about these white spots and have been consistently been watching my body. While taking showers I noticed that there are patches, blotches that are lighter in shade than my normal skin, on my chest. The patches are symmetrical around my nipples and in order to confirm, I shaved my chest. My doubts were confirmed. the skin is indeed lighter in blotches/patches. They are not completely white. I am a dark skinned individual and the patches are a shade or two lighter than my skin. My mother says those patches have always been there, even when I was born. However, I noticed them only now. I noticed that I could see similar patches in some photographs of 2-3 years ago. However, hair obscures the details. Are these birth marks/vitiligo/or some anomaly? Are those IGH-looking spots vitiligo too? I am sorry for the lengthy question..
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Nevus depigmentosus or nevus achromicus are all similar and can make one get worried abt vitiligo.
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This question is again for you. I am so grateful to you.
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The fact that it is not white gives me a bit of hope. But when I looked at older pics, these patches look larger..
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Possibly Tinea versicolor (yeast) but do not see any vitiligo there!
Cheers.
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Hi Maatson.. The thing is, these patches seem to have existed for decades, according to my mother.. And I noticed them in a few pictures I have taken a couple of years ago. Only, they seem larger now..
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Nevus anaemicus is a look alike and seen from childhood.
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Thank you,...That is really reassuring..
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