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What causes discoloration and scaling of skin on forearms?

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Dr. Hardik Pitroda

Dermatologist

Practicing since :2010

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Posted on Mon, 6 Oct 2014 in Skin Hair and Nails
Question: I have been recently noticing white discoloration on my forehands near the folds. There is scaling only random (discolored)/white random patches. what do i do about it?
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Answered by Dr. Hardik Pitroda 30 minutes later
Brief Answer:
pictures requested

Detailed Answer:
Hello XXXXXXX
Thank you for posting on HCM and I can understand your concern regarding the skin condition.
From your description it seems like you might be having some fungal skin infection (Pityriasis versicolor or Tinea corporis) but it is difficult to point specific diagnosis in absence of clinical examination.
Thus, I would insist you to post some good clinical pictures so that I can guide you in a better way. You can mail pictures to YYYY@YYYY with the subject titlled 'ATTN Dr Hardik Pitroda'
Once I will review the pictures I will revert with the proper management plan for you.
Thanks
Dr Hardik Pitroda
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Hardik Pitroda 4 hours later
Hi, I have provided some attachments. Please review them.
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Answered by Dr. Hardik Pitroda 3 hours later
Brief Answer:
Topical betamethasone, Sunscreen lotion

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thank you for the pictures.
It actually looks like dermatitis due to sun exposure- Photodermatitis.
I would suggest you to use betamethasone cream twice a day over lesions for atleast 2-3 weeks( Diprovate cream/lotion)
Also take oral antioxidants capsules like Antoxid HC once in morning for few months as it will prevent further damage from sun.
Use broad spectrum high SPF sunscreen everytime before going out in sun on regular basis.
I am sure you will be fine soon.
Let me know about your condition after 2 weeks.
Thanks
Dr Hardik Pitroda

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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