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What causes white spots on the hands?

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Hi my 10 year old son is suffering from dry white spots/patches on his hands and wrists from last few days ...I am really concerned about him ...please help me determine what these spots could be and the treatment for the same ..thanks
Posted Fri, 24 Nov 2017 in Child Health
Answered by Dr. Arun 40 minutes later
Brief Answer:
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Detailed Answer:
Thanks for writing.
The white spots could be due to many causes like fungal infection or vitamin deficiency.
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1. any itching
2. any increase in size recently.
3. any image ( contact helpdesk for uploading picture)
4. any other symptom like fever , vomiting, cough or cold.
Dr Arun
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Follow-up: What causes white spots on the hands? 21 minutes later
Hi Doc
My son has no itching or burning sensation what so ever and haven't noticed any increase in size as well fever vomiting etc ..however I would like to mention here that he sweats a lot and plays cricket during which he sweats a lot ...plz help
Answered by Dr. Arun 17 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Try vitamin supplements

Detailed Answer:
If so try multivitamin syrup like zincovit for a month.
It would help usually.
Also keep skin healthy by frequent wash and cleaning.
Avoid powder and cosmetics.
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Follow-up: What causes white spots on the hands? 21 hours later
Hi doctor
I showed my son to one of the skin specialists locallywho said its a photo reaction ...i want to understand what is it and is it anything to be really concerned about ?
Answered by Dr. Arun 10 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Nothing serious

Detailed Answer:
Photo reaction could be hypomelanosis ( loss of skin pigment ) due to sun exposure.
Commonly seen in tropical countries like XXXXXXX
Usually settles on its own , nothing serious. Just avoid excess sun exposure.
Follow your skin doctor advice.
Dr Arun
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