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Brown flat scaly patch on arm, apply sunscreen. Why is the surrounding skin dark?

Hi I am 22 year old female. About a week ago I developed a 1 1/2 inch brown flat scaly patch on my arm . I am nervous because I am pretty light skinned. I do not go out in the sun a lot and when I do I always apply sunscreen. It is not itchy and it does not hurt but it is darker then the surrounding area and I have never seen anything like it before. I would thank anyone with any insight. Thank you!
Asked On : Sat, 2 Jun 2012
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Hi...dear user..,
Thanks for choosing hCM..,
Brown scaly patch on arm...,
not itchy and not painful means....
it is not serious one..,
It may be due to ....Drug reaction, Melanoderma, worm infestation,
Cosmetic allergy, Contact textile dermatitis..,
itching very low ao absent in these cases..,
So it is non-specific..,
1) Simple mild steroid cream...ELOCON...Momentasone cream..
daily 2 times.,
2) Tab...Evion 400mg daily for 10 days..,
3) Tab..Betamethasone 1mg for 5 days,
Answered: Sat, 2 Jun 2012
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