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Birthmark help needed.

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 9, 2007
  • 04:54 PM

Hello, I am hoping you can answer several questions which have been in my mind for many years. I have white marks on my left leg. If this is a birthmark, what type is it? Knowing what type would help. Is it a Stork Bite, Angels Kiss or a Café au lait spot – or something else? I’m so confused.

As a child I was told by my pears it was ok. I have since been told by people, that there is a risk of cancer with certain types of birthmarks in later life and, that I should have it checked by a GP.

Can the marks be removed by laser treatment; this is something which I would seriously consider and if so, would it leave any scars, or would they fade? Also, if it could be removed, would it ever come back?

Any help would put my mind at rest.

Here are some photos of the mark. (3 photos)

Thank you.

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  • Is the skin around the white spots as red and inflamed as it looks in the photo? This looks like either vitiligo or tinea versicolor. Definitely not cafe-au-lait spots. Is there any scaliness to the spots? How long did you say they have been there? Any symptoms of thyroid disease?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 12, 2007
    • 06:17 AM
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  • Thank you for taking the time to reply. I appreciate it.The skin becomes whiter in cold weather or after it has been in contact with cold water for a short period of time. It is especially apparent after bathing in hot water - where the skin is warm and cools down quickly; it then shows up very white for a short period after.At other times it appears a lot fainter in appearance, blending in with my normal skin tone. But it is always noticeable to others.I have had this since birth (i'm 31 now), which leads me to think it almost certainly will be a birthmark. There is no scaliness at all. It has hairs which grow in same in quantity and colour as the rest of my body.There are no symptoms or pain to mention at all, nor has there ever been any. No symptoms of thyroid disease.There is no redness around the white patches - I used a cellphone for the snapshots and, so that accounts for the apparent redness. It’s just the difference in colour. I'm certain it is not vitiligo, but you could be right, it might in fact be tinea versicolor.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 12, 2007
    • 07:25 AM
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