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white patches - sun damage / genetic flaw or disease?

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  • Posted By: mikeyparkster
  • June 3, 2009
  • 04:45 PM

I have never had problems before with my tanning....

After day 1 of sunbathing ... I realised that I had weird white patches appear.....

This is how they appear right now... more emphasised because my tan is fuller...


I am thinking that it could be possibly from a towel (apartment)... or bedsheet... or catching aeroplane perhaps........

then again it might be just genetic failure ???

I lost 2-3 stone of mostly fat in the last year.... and gained 1 stone afterwards of muscle.........don't know if this might indicate it could be stretchmarks or something... i dont think so anyway...

Thoughts please!

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  • The GP told me today it looked like Pityriasis versicolorHe said if i wanted I could havehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Itraconazolewould you guys agree with this diagnosis?I went to the GP to pick it up - worth a try...
    mikeyparkster 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • Of course it is very hard to tell from two small photos what it is that you have, but pityriasis versicolor (often called tinea versicolor on this side of the pond) can cause that type of spots. However, there are more than one kind of pityriasis too, and it's possible that you have one of those others. Other entities that can give you white spots is vitiligo, idiopathic guttate hypomelanosis, mycosis fungoides, etc.... Confirmation of P.V. (T.V.) can easily be done by a simple potassium hydroxide scrape test in the doc's office. BTW, nothing in your small and mostly inadequate pics indicates something of a contagious origin.
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