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Question: White skin marks

 joann9298 - Sat Jul 15, 2006 1:02 am

my son is 7 years old and has a dark complexion he is a heathy boy. I noticed on his cheeks he has white quarter sized marks on his face. I cant find anything on this can someone give me any info on this topic.
 Dr. Anthony Solomon - Sat Jul 15, 2006 5:52 pm

The most likely diagnosis here is Pityriasis alba. This is the commonest cause of hypopigmented patches on the face of a child.

In this condition, a patch or patches of lighter-colored skin appear on the face, especially on the cheek. Usually, there is a preceding eczema which has already resolved and may have been so mild that it has not been noticed.

Physical examination by a dermatologist is necessary for confirmation of diagnosis.

Dr Anthony Solomon
Consultant Physician, Tropical & Genitourinary Medicine

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