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Brown spots on back and shoulder

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Little brown spots
I have a little brown spots on my back and shoulder
I got them 6 months ago. at the first two days they were red then it turn brown and i still got them. they are the same shape is it XXXXXXX
Posted Tue, 1 May 2012 in Skin Hair and Nails
Answered by Dr. Sudarshan 3 hours later
Thanks for posting your query.
The symptoms that you have described can occur in a multitude of diseases.

As I believe that more information can help a physician help a patient better, I would request you to answer the following questions:
• Did you have a similar problem in the past?
• Does the lesion itch? If yes, how severe is it?
• Do you have any similar lesions on any other part of the body like face, neck, groin?
• Do you have any other known allergies/food/drug sensitivity?
• Do you have fever /sore throat /joint pain /any other symptoms?
• Does any family member have similar lesions?

A physical examination is a must before any conclusion can be reached and therapy can be started. I would suggest that you visit your general practitioner or a dermatologist so that the lesion can be examined and appropriate therapy can be prescribed.

Awaiting your response.
Dr Sudarshan
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Follow-up: Brown spots on back and shoulder 5 days later
Hi Dr. Gaurkar,

In fact, yes i had a strep throat 4 months ago.
However, i might got those the last time i got vaccination shots which was one of the university's requirements before registration for any class.
Measles (Rubeola)
Rubella (German Measles)

I got the brown patches just one 2 days after i got those shots.
Answered by Dr. Sudarshan 4 hours later

Most likely you might be having Pityriasis rosea, a kind of viral infection.

It is a very mild, self limiting infection.

Causes asymptomatic circular, oval brown patches on back, shoulder, flanks.

No treatment is usually required.

Moisturizers, emmolients, topical mild steroids are useful in resistant cases.

However there can be other conditions like pityriasis rosea in same area.

A visit to competent dermatologist will confirm diagnosis and proper treatment can be prescribed.

A photograph of the lesion can be helpful in further guidance.

Hope I have answered your query, please do write back if you have additional queries, or accept my answer.

Wishing you speedy recovery.


Dr Sudarshan

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