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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Good Afternoon,
I am a 27 year old female. Lately, I have been noticing some changes in my skin that have me concerned.
1. tiny red freckles - these freckles are on my forearms and upper arms mostly. they look as if someone poked me with a red pen (very very small). What are these? And, is it normal to have so many of them?
2. I've noticed that I can see my veins quite clearly through my skin. The veins are not bulging, nor are they spider veins or varicose veins. I have been working out a lot these days and I wonder if this could be the cause? I am 5'2 and 125 lbs, fair skinned. Could it be a sign of something more serious?
Doctor :   Hello.
User :   Hello
Doctor :   Let me read your query.
User :   Ok :) thank you.
Doctor :   Are those tiny freckles grouped?
User :   no, they are spread out.
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Do you have any other associated symptoms?
Doctor :   Like fever?
User :   my doctor gave me a CBC and it came back "perfect"
User :   no doctor.. no fever.. nothing
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Since when did you notice them?
User :   Well, I've had them for a long time.. years perhaps
User :   I just have been noticing more
User :   my mom also has them
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   they are very tiny.. bright red
Doctor :   ok.
Doctor :   If you press them do the loss there color?
User :   no
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Is it present only on the fore arm and arm?
User :   Mostly on my forearms and upper arms (both) and a few on my chest
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Other than you and your mother, does any one else in your family have this?
User :   my brother has a few on his face.. but they are bigger
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Are these flat or raised above the skin?
User :   mine are flat
Doctor :   OK.
Doctor :   Does this increase or decrease in number any time?
User :   i mean.. over times they have
Doctor :   Increased or decreased ?
User :   increased
User :   they dont go away
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   These are present only on the sun exposed areas of the body right?
User :   it appears so.. yes.. forearms, upper arms.. chest
User :   dont see any on my legs
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   stomach ..none
Doctor :   These probably are increased melanin.
User :   ok.. anything to worry about?
Doctor :   That is clusters of melanin.
Doctor :   It is nothing to worry.
User :   how about the visibility of my veins?
User :   that ok too?
User :   they dont bulge.. just feel like i see they so clearly
Doctor :   I shall explain that.
User :   i have to recharge
Doctor :   Since when did notice it?
User :   a week ago
Doctor :   'you.
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   i'm back
User :   doctor?
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   So, I have been doing alot of activity.. kickboxing, running
Doctor :   About the veins,
User :   and about a week ago, i noticed it
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   From when are you indulging in these sports?
User :   I started really getting into the kickboxing the first week of May
User :   I go about 3-4 times a week
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   or 3x a week and run 1-2x a week
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   which part of the body can you see the veins?
User :   pretty much everywhere
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   except my face :)
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Before that you were not able to see them right?
User :   my husband seems to think they were always there and that I am just noticing them more
User :   i think they are more noticeable
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   In fair skin people vein are easily noticeable.
Doctor :   Do you see any skin changes over those areas?
User :   example?
Doctor :   Redness, scaling,
User :   no
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Do you have any symptoms of fatigue?
User :   no. i can go about my normal activity. i just ran 3 miles last night
User :   nothing unusual
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   i'm assuming fatigue is when you can barely move correct?
User :   lethargy?
Doctor :   Yes. or when you not able to do normal activities.
Doctor :   Yes.
User :   then, no.
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Then i believe it is nothing to worry.
User :   What are the advantages of being fair skinned.. ha.. seems like not many
User :   red dots, veins, yikes
Doctor :   Every body has some or the other disadvantages.
User :   does increased exercise cause veins to be more visible? or rise to the surface? if i stop exercising, will they go away
User :   (i'm not going to stop exercising..just curious)
Doctor :   When there is a demand for more blood supply in a area( due to muscle building), There will be increase in size of the veins ,
Doctor :   In order to increase blood supply.
User :   so this is pretty normal then of someone who is doing vigorous exercise
Doctor :   Yes, there will increase in vein size.
Doctor :   May now you might have noticed your veins with interest,
Doctor :   'be
User :   in case we get cut off. i just want to say thank you for your help, i appreciate it. have a great day.
Doctor :   You are welcome.
User :   i'll sleep better now
User :   bye
Doctor :   bye.
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