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What is the cause of persistent black patch on the knuckles post delivery ?

Hi I gave a birth to my baby on dec 12 2011 During my pregnancy I had iron(fefol)and calcium (ossapan) tablet whole my pregnancy. And in 8th month I started getting black patch On my left hand knuckles.I thought it s bcoz of Iron will automatically go after pregnancy.still It is there but not that much black when it Plz tell me wt is the cause of this
Asked On : Tue, 10 Apr 2012
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Dark knuckles are a common occurrence and require adequate skin care to treat them.Hands are exposed to various external factors like detergents,cosmetics,harsh chemicals and weather changes.
These damaging elements can cause dryness,skin pigmentation and skin discoloration.
There are various home remedies like applying lemon juice on them daily for five minutes and the scrubbing gently with loofah sponge.
However you must get your blood insulin as well as blood sugar levels checked as some times insulin resistance can cause these dark patchs.
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OBGYN Dr. Rakhi Tayal's  Response

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The pigmentation of the skin that you are having is commonly associated with pregnancy. It is not likely to be related to the iron supplements that you took during pregnancy. After the pregnancy is over, it gradually fades off in next six months. Using a sunscreen will be helpful.

I hope this information has been both informative and helpful for you.


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