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neck, chest, lower area around my mouth: skin disorder! help me!

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 19, 2006
  • 02:03 PM

When i was 16, i started to get a dark spot under my mouth and around my nose. As time progressed i have seen it around my neck and forearms and also my chest. I am now 21 and never has it gone away permanately. I have had blood tests & skin analysis and they all say i have seboric dermatitis. None of the suggestions have ever worked for me after 5 years of suffereing with this embarassement.. Im bronzed toned and the spots look brown, very unpleasing and unattractive and many stares have come from this too and suspicions as well (like being hinted by partners that they fear i have some sort of vuneral disease which is not the case) I have family in california and texas and oddly enough when im in california, the hyperpigmentation goes away (but not around the mouth)... when im in texas its almost close to impossible to rid. Could it be enviroment caused(live in a farming community vs city) Also could this be an emotional response? Im starting to believe it has to do with my well being physcologically too. Im very sad that this has never gone away.. ive given up w/doctors and now accept this as part of me. Anyone know anything or suggestions!

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very dark skin discoloration (looks very dry) on neck, around mouth and nose, and some spots on chest which come and go.

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  • hi, I too have similar problem...the areas that i have are around the ear, jawline and chest. I was prescribed zinc based ointment, also was asked to apply 'Nizoral' - anti dandruff shampoo, on the affected area, leave it for 15 minutes before washing it. It has been 12 days since i started this treatment....the dryness seems to have reduced and the pigmentation is also turning a shade lighter. Hopefully, it would disappear soon. Apparently, this is some kind of fungal infection which is aggravated by humid conditions. Hope this helps.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 24, 2006
    • 06:46 AM
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  • Hello, I have a cousin who suffered from the same problem. What did you take to treat the problem?? Can DP lotion treat these kinds of skin problem? I read on http://www.drugdelivery.ca/s3415-s-DP.aspx about the DP lotion and was just wondering if it could treat these conditions??
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 17, 2007
    • 05:30 AM
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  • Tinea Versicolor This is a fungal infection of the outermost layer of the skin. Also known as pityriasis versicolor, it can appear anywhere on the body. It is most prevalent among adolescents and adults but can affect children. The main symptom is discoloration. Variable pink, white, or brown patches develop on the skin. A powdery coating is also present.This disorder occurs when the fungus Pityrosporum invades the skin. It can remain dormant within the hair follicles for long periods of time. With proper moisture and temperature conditions (such as humid summer weather), the fungus becomes active and reproduces. The use of corticosteroids can foster the growth of this organism. Don't use cortisone!Because of the unique characteristics of the rash, doctors usually identify tinea versicolor on appearance alone. Topical antifungals are usually used for treatment because the infection is on the surface of the skin rather than in deeper tissue.Doctors may recommend selenium sulfide or a number of creams, lotions, or shampoos. In severe cases, oral antifungals may be necessary. It can take several months for the skin's normal color to return. Head and Shoulders, Nizoral as suggested above. Probably should go to a dermatologist just to make sure. Don't use these products in the first trimester of pregnancy.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • October 18, 2007
    • 09:31 AM
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  • I hop you're seeing a dermatologist and not a regular physician.
    aquila 1263 Replies
    • October 19, 2007
    • 07:52 PM
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  • get a skin biopsy. one where the md scrapes off skin cells, and sends the scrapings to a lab to check for the diagnosis of: Seboric psyriosis (cannot spell it).* Later in life you may be susceptable to Seboric Osteoporosis.* Read about taking lots of calcium,vitamin d3 (not d2). get sunlight through out the sunny season, at least 1 hour a day.
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  • oh my gosh. i have the exact same thing! its on my neck chest and mouth as well. i am so glad you posted this! i am 17 and have had this since i was 15. i kept telling my parents and they told me it was dirt! it was absolutely ridiculous cause i would scrub and scrub and i felt so dirty because they wouldn't believe me! thanks for posting this. maybe i can actually go to the dermatologist now :) i live in cincinnati! very humid :/ so it makes since. but that is so gross. its hot and humid right now so im all itchy cause im frekaing out about fungus GROWING.
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  • I have had this issue on and off for over 10 years! I am super fair and I still thought I had a moustache because of the discoloration around my mouth! I have had doctors give me many creams and potions and I found that using Selsun Blue shampoo on my spots and as a body wash at least once a week works. I was in the sun this past week and it all came out again! Humidity is the source of my flare ups! Stay in the air conditioning and try the Selsun Blue. I just bought some!
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  • i've had this for the last few years. it's become increasingly embarrassing recently (having spread near my genital region) but selsun does appear to work, you just have to stick at it for a while....it went away for a while but frequently returns during periods of long-term stress (the death of my mother and my last breakup in particular) seem to exacerbate the condition.
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  • When i was 16, i started to get a dark spot under my mouth and around my nose. As time progressed i have seen it around my neck and forearms and also my chest. I am now 21 and never has it gone away permanately. I have had blood tests & skin analysis and they all say i have seboric dermatitis. None of the suggestions have ever worked for me after 5 years of suffereing with this embarassement.. Im bronzed toned and the spots look brown, very unpleasing and unattractive and many stares have come from this too and suspicions as well (like being hinted by partners that they fear i have some sort of vuneral disease which is not the case) I have family in california and texas and oddly enough when im in california, the hyperpigmentation goes away (but not around the mouth)... when im in texas its almost close to impossible to rid. Could it be enviroment caused(live in a farming community vs city) Also could this be an emotional response? Im starting to believe it has to do with my well being physcologically too. Im very sad that this has never gone away.. ive given up w/doctors and now accept this as part of me. Anyone know anything or suggestions!condition:very dark skin discoloration (looks very dry) on neck, around mouth and nose, and some spots on chest which come and go.I can see this was posted in 2006... I could not have chosen more accurate words to say what you just posted... wow. I'm in the military and whenever I'm posted to California, it takes only a week to completely dissappear. Back in texas, i have to cover even my neck. Doctors can't help and I've tried any over the counter medication you can think of! Did you find a solution to this problem?
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  • I can see this was posted in 2006... I could not have chosen more accurate words to say what you just posted... wow. I'm in the military and whenever I'm posted to California, it takes only a week to completely dissappear. Back in texas, i have to cover even my neck. Doctors can't help and I've tried any over the counter medication you can think of! Did you find a solution to this problem? sorry about the BUMP.hey i posted this way back in 2006.. i have found that it is most likely a climate related thing.. i have yet to find a permanent solution and i feel your pain! im actually so ashamed sometimes about the discoloration that i have to always wear polos or shirts with collars due to the embarrassment and stares. I still have no permanent remedy but it seemed for a while that the regular head and shouldes worked for me. I tried the other head and shoulders and they didnt seem to work. i will try selsum blue and update any progress.Im sorry it took me so long to reply to my original post but i will update if i come up with anything.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 30, 2009
    • 02:00 AM
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  • To whom it may concern I have dealt with this condition for about 30 years off and on. I continue to learn more and more about it. One thing I will share with you is sugar feeds fungus. You can starve this fungus or any fungus by elimanating sugars and starches from your diet. Hope this helps someone. One very helpful site is www.genesteehealthandwellness.org
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 12, 2010
    • 10:31 PM
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