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cant diagnose small scaly circle on hand

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  • Posted By: needopinion
  • July 6, 2009
  • 00:00 AM

There is a small scaly circle about the size of a cigarette butt on the top of my hand. It popped up out of nowhere about a week ago. It is not red, nor itchy, but is slightly lighter in color, probably due to the scalyness of the area. It's just barely raised above the skin, and has not spread since I found it. I'm a 21 yo laboratory researcher with no insurance, so I'm looking for answers online. I cannot find anyone who shares my symptoms.

--also, i have never taken off my gloves in the lab, so I would not think to blame any chemicals from there.


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  • Google 'ringworm' and 'granuloma annulare'. I have GA (it kinda looks like ringworm sometimes) but you should be aware that yours can look different from the pics you will find on-line. They usually only put the worst looking pics up, whereas some of my lesions have been quite small. A skin biopsy can confirm or dispute this theory. As for ringworm.....if your lab has access to a Wood's Lamp (many do) shine it on the ring and if it fluoresces, it's likely (though not a definitive diagnosis of course). You really need to go see a Dermatologist. All people on here can do for you is give you guesses based on your description-- we certainly cannot diagnose or give you treatment of any kind. Many cities here in America (no idea where you are) have public heath facilities where you can get free or low-cost treatment. It's worth getting checked out!
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