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Don't trust my doctor's diagnosis

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 18, 2006
  • 08:01 PM

Recently I noticed some faint brown spots on my forehead (which were definitely not there before). I frequent a tanning salon on a weekly basis, and have done so for a number of years, so I just assumed that they were age spots (although I am only 29 years old). I went to my doctor's office to get a referral to a dermatologist and instead was diagnosed with "tinea versicolor". I was perscribed an antifungal creme and told to apply it twice daily. After doing so for a couple of weeks, I became concerned because the spots were not disappearing, as I had been told they would be. So I decided to do some online research. Turns out that tinea versicolor is quite uncommon to have on the face. Which leads me to believe that my doctor's 5 second diagnosis may be incorrect. This is not surprising since I have had many cases in the past with this particular GP where she has incorrectly diagnosed me. In fact, she proceeded to tell me that there were no such thing as "sun spots" or "age spots" that occur on the face. I was shocked, given that I had always believed there to be such a thing, and was sure this is what I was experiencing.
I have arranged to have a referral to a dermatologist for a second opinion but this will not likely occur for months, due to extreme back logs in this industry.
I don't want to do nothing in the meantime and I do not believe these spots to be tinea versicolor. What can I do? help!

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  • Did you mention the tanning to your doctor? I'm no M.D., but something tells me that skin problems would be connected to the tanning somehow. Surely you know that UVA rays are carcinogenic, and accellerate aging in the skin.
    Son of Axeman 5 Replies
    • December 18, 2006
    • 11:17 PM
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  • Yes - The first thing I said when I arrived was that my concern was that this was caused from tanning. She kind of shrugged me off as if to imply I was an imbocile for even thinking that I could have age/sun spots on my face. The only reason I went to the doctor was to get a referral to my dermatologist, since a year had lapsed since I had last been. Instead, I ended up being diagnosed on the spot with tinea versicolor - which I don't believe to be the case. I am aware that tanning in excess is not great for you (nothing in excess is good for you) - however, the reason I tanned in the first place was on advice from my dermatologist (I used to suffer from acne in college and it was recommended that I go once per week in a mild tanning bed - with the purpose of "drying" the skin).
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 19, 2006
    • 01:06 PM
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  • Try stopping the tanning treatment, and seeing what happens. Visit another doctor, and get a second opinion. Tha'ts my advice, anyway.
    Son of Axeman 5 Replies
    • December 28, 2006
    • 11:16 PM
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