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Question: Greyish skin area between vagina and rectum


 pokey - Fri Mar 04, 2005 10:16 pm

Two years ago i noticed a patch of skin on the area between my vagina and rectum that is grayish white it's about an inch long and a centimeter, it was never there before, it is not raised, it looks like the skin just changed colour, what can it be?
 Dr. Tamer Fouad - Tue Feb 07, 2006 4:45 pm

User avatar Hello,

It could be a condition known as postinflammatory hyperpigmentation.

These are localized, macular, dark hyperpigmentation at site of a previous inflammation. They occur at any age and are a reaction to trauma (physical or chemical injury), skin irritation, or dermatoses. They maybe associated with an inflammation of skin because of underlying injury or condition at the initial time of occurance.

They are not dangerous.

It also could be keratosis pilaris. The term "keratosis pilaris" refers to condition that some people have in which there is accentuation of the hair follicles with the presence of excess keratin protein. This commonly occurs on their outer arms and legs, while some people show the same trait on the buttocks too.

Given the limitations of the internet as a diagnostic tool, you are advised to seek a direct clinical examination to reach the proper diagnosis.

Best regards.

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