If you've ever noticed small white spots on your skin, you're not alone. Many people experience this problem at some point in their lives. While the cause of white spots on skin isn't always clear, there are a few things you can do to treat them. In this article, we will discuss the causes, symptoms and treatment options for white spots on skin. We'll also cover when it's necessary to see a doctor about this condition.
What are white spots on skin and what causes them?
White spots on skin are small, raised patches that can occur due to a variety of causes. The most common cause is vitiligo, a condition in which the body produces too little melanin (the pigment that gives skin its colour). Other causes of white spots on skin include fungal infections, reactions to certain medications, and skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. You might also notice white spots on your skin after prolonged sun exposure, and this can be dangerous.
How can you tell if you have white spots on your skin and what are the symptoms?
The most obvious symptom of white spots on skin is, well, the spots! They can vary in size and may be round or oval-shaped. The spots may be lighter than the surrounding skin or they may be completely white. In some cases, the spots may also be itchy or scaly.
Are small white spots on skin a sign of a serious medical condition?
In most cases, white spots on skin are benign and not indicative of a serious medical concern. However, if you have a sudden onset of white spots, or your spots are accompanied by other symptoms such as fever or joint pain, it's important to see a doctor to rule out any underlying conditions.
Vitiligo is the only exception; while it's not a dangerous condition, it can be cosmetically concerning for some people. If you're worried about white spots on your skin, the best thing to do is to see a doctor or dermatologist for an evaluation.
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