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What is this skin condition? (Pictures included)

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 4, 2008
  • 04:57 AM

A few years ago, I only had two of these on each shoulder. They are red "grooves" on my shoulders (they are concave), and they are long (2-8 cm) strips, not very thick. They are less than 1 cm deep but they do go into the skin.
They do not hurt or itch, though it does concern me that I have been getting more and more recently.

Basically,
1) what are these?
2) Are they harmful and how do I remove them?

http://img46.imageshack.us/img46/2241/bodylines003qb7.jpg
http://img160.imageshack.us/img160/2343/bodylines001je4.jpg
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  • they kind of look like stretch marks or long scratches....I suppose they might be some type of parasite. You should have a dermatologist take a look.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies Flag this Response
  • Do you weight train or lift heavy things? Or have you gained or lost a lot of weight? I am assuming you are male?
    Beth56 272 Replies Flag this Response
  • Those do indeed look like stretchmarks. They come with weightgain, but they can also be a symptom of elevated cortisol. You should ask for a AM and PM cortisol test as well as a 24 hour urine to rule out cushings disease. Kiera
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Yep I have to agree they look like stretchmarksSamanthahttp://www.undiagnosedillness.org
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 18, 2009
    • 07:57 AM
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  • They do look like stretch marks, but do you have any other symptoms? - fatigue, insomnia, joint and muscle pain?Bartonella (Cat Scratch Fever) can cause stripes like that, and ticks and fleas carry it.
    kermworm 81 Replies
    • August 19, 2009
    • 02:50 PM
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