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Haven't posted here in a looonng time. But I lurk around :eek:

So I first noticed this small circular patch of dry skin on my upper arm that didnt itch or burn or have any kind of sensation. At first glance I thought maybe it was an small burn from oil spattering while I was cooking. I just put lotion on it thinking it would get better...I didnt think anything of it after that. This happened around late nov 08. I didnt pay attention and quite frankly forgot about the little patch...till this sunday when I noticed something similar on my right upper arm. That's when I remembered the left arm one and checked and it was still there and there were two additional ones on the back of my left upper arm. Also found another on my lower back.

They are all about 3mm or so in diameter and look like little dry scabs. I dont pick at them or scratch them or anything. They just remain pretty much the same once they appear. Sometimes they seem a little more rough than before but that is about the extent of changes.

I went to my family physician and he had no idea what they were and recommended me to a dermatologist. He ruled out ringworm or any kind of infection. The dermatologist appt is tomorrow.

In the mean time I am just being curious to see if anyone else has experienced something like this and has any idea what it could be.

Couldnt find anything useful anywhere on the web really.
I have never seen anything like it. :confused:
 

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I had something similar, I think. Are the spots a bit lighter than your normal skin color?

What I did was apply Selsun Blue (shampoo); leave it on for 10-20 minutes, then rinse off. It went away after several weeks.
 

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I had something similar, I think. Are the spots a bit lighter than your normal skin color?

What I did was apply Selsun Blue (shampoo); leave it on for 10-20 minutes, then rinse off. It went away after several weeks.
That sounds like sun spots.
 

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I had something similar, I think. Are the spots a bit lighter than your normal skin color?

What I did was apply Selsun Blue (shampoo); leave it on for 10-20 minutes, then rinse off. It went away after several weeks.
nah...darker...they look like say if you got a tiny bug bite and then itched it so it cut and bled a little and then scabed over and started to heal. But its round and dry and the skin around it is dry and well they just appear that way. I dont get any itchiness, zits or cuts prior to their appearing...at least none that I notice.
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Leave it up to me to have medical conditions that doctors are stumped by. In december I had unexplainable high fever for 9 days straight. Slews of tests later I was told "no idea what you have. keep taking tylenol to keep the fever down" The only reason I went to the doc in december was because it was the 3rd time last year I had a fever episode like that.
bizzarre :eek:
 

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I get the same thing as you're describing, on both upper arms. It's just dry skin from the winter. As soon as the warmer weather breaks, they're gone. Of course I have to lotion them up though.....
 

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DD is a dermatologist. I had something like you are describing. Better sit down now. I don't know how old you are. Very quick diagnosis by my daughter. Dad, you're getting old. Liver spots, or age spots, or whatever of about 50 different names you would like to call them. Don't worry about them, they are going to be fine and safe. They aren't going to go away.
 

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DD is a dermatologist. I had something like you are describing. Better sit down now. I don't know how old you are. Very quick diagnosis by my daughter. Dad, you're getting old. Liver spots, or age spots, or whatever of about 50 different names you would like to call them. Don't worry about them, they are going to be fine and safe. They aren't going to go away.
dang! I dont want to hear I am getting old :eek: I am 26. :DI never had any skin problems when I was a teenager. all my friends suffered from acne and you name it. Not I! But as soon as I turned 21...I have started getting freckles, and sun spots and what nots :p and now strange scabs! ugh!

Glad to hear at least one person out there has something similar :p I can't wait till the weather gets warm. Winter has dragged on for too long...I can't keep up with it :p
 

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DD is a dermatologist. I had something like you are describing. Better sit down now. I don't know how old you are. Very quick diagnosis by my daughter. Dad, you're getting old. Liver spots, or age spots, or whatever of about 50 different names you would like to call them. Don't worry about them, they are going to be fine and safe. They aren't going to go away.
Our family calls them barnacles!
 

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I have about three of them, one on each leg and one on my arm. They kind of look like raisins with dozens of little pin holes. I have no idea what they are. I scratch them off with my fingernail and they are gone, but come back again in a few weeks. Had them for 30 years so they must be harmless.:confused:
 

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Are you sure they're not some kind of mole? If you're starting to get sun spots, etc. I'd definately see a dermatologist. Not to scare you, but I'd rather be safe.
 

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I have gotten things like that from time to time. Last time I had them I went to the dermatologist and she gave me (are you ready?) a mild antifungal cream. After a couple weeks they were gone. It creeps me out to think that I had mushrooms or the like growing on my skin, but we are a dynamic ecosystem. Hope you get answers from the dermatologist!

P.S. It's nice to see you around! How's Buck? How are you?

P.P.S. Are they slightly raised and shiny? If so, they could be precancerous lesions that need to be removed. You're pretty young for that, though, and aren't you Indian? I have had many removed from my face, but I'm old and pale with cheap Irish skin.
 

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I have gotten things like that from time to time. Last time I had them I went to the dermatologist and she gave me (are you ready?) a mild antifungal cream. After a couple weeks they were gone. It creeps me out to think that I had mushrooms or the like growing on my skin, but we are a dynamic ecosystem. Hope you get answers from the dermatologist!

P.S. It's nice to see you around! How's Buck? How are you?

P.P.S. Are they slightly raised and shiny? If so, they could be precancerous lesions that need to be removed. You're pretty young for that, though, and aren't you Indian? I have had many removed from my face, but I'm old and pale with cheap Irish skin.
Buck is great! I am doing well too! Minus the mystery skin condition :p I bought a townhouse! It should be done by june...can't wait!!

Yes yes I am indian...and that is what I said to my doctor last year when they had to remove two "suspicious" moles. But doc! I am indian!! Apparently I am not dark enough and not immune enough to skin cancer :(
I started putting sunblock on for the first time in my life last summer. I started getting freckles here and there when I turned 21...maybe one or two. But summer of 2007 is when the moles and freckles and sun spots and what nots came on pretty fast and around feb 2008 was when the funky moles came around and I had to have them removed.


Went to the dermatologist today. He thinks it is just dry skin showing up like that. Not a fungus (thank god...I was freaking about that :p ) or an infection of any kind or anything bad/serious. Told me to get a certain kind of cream to use regularly because I have really dry skin and gave me this prescription skin hydrating ointment type thing. Told me to come back in 3 months for a follow up and a full body skin cancer check.
 

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Glad you are ok!! My brother had something similar, but he was quite young and it turned out that he had Plaque Psoriasis. When I initially read your first entry it sounded alot like Guttate Psoriasis but when you said it was not itchy I figured it probably wasn't :)

here is a link for Psoriasis if you are interested. My brother suffers from a very severe case of it and has done for about 20 years. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psoriasis
 
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