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Brown patches on arm above elbow, no swelling or irritation. Causes and treatment?

The skin on my right lower arm and slightly above the elbow has irregularly-shaped brown patches that look like old scars. None of these areas are raised and you can t feel any difference in the skin texture. There is no irritation or itching associated. I m not bothered by these patches except that I often am asked what happened to your arm? and would just like to know what it is?
Asked On : Sun, 27 Jan 2013
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hi..thanks for your query..
The patches of the arms may be a result of any injury/ inflammation/skin disorder that might have occurred in the past.You should be able to elicit a history in such cases.
The next possibility is of a naevus, which we commonly call a birth mark..there are several types of the same.There may be associated patches elsewhere in the body as well.
The only way to know the exact cause is to visit a dermatologist who can guide you by looking at the morphology of the patch.Also, a definitive diagnosis an be attained by doing a punch biopsy of a part of the patch.
Hope this helps.take care!
Answered: Mon, 28 Jan 2013
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