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What's this weird patch? Is it old age?

(28 Posts)
Noeuf Wed 26-Apr-17 22:41:54

So this appeared over the last few days, should I be worried?

zen1 Wed 26-Apr-17 23:13:35

Is it slightly raised and dry or scaley? I had a fungal infection (ringworm) that looked quite like that.

Noeuf Wed 26-Apr-17 23:37:11

It is but it's not doing anything, not spreading etc

Aquamarine1029 Thu 27-Apr-17 01:29:51

My guess is ringworm or eczema. Get it checked.

BornStroppy Fri 28-Apr-17 22:13:28


Mamabear14 Fri 28-Apr-17 22:17:30

Is it really itchy? It looks like ringworm, I had it on my leg when I was pregnant and my god I wanted to scratch my leg off.

Noeuf Fri 28-Apr-17 22:20:41

Nope not itchy. I suspect it's going to be something depressing like an age spot

Rach6l Fri 28-Apr-17 22:22:48

Where is it? I'm 40 & I have one age spot on my forehead sad

whatiswrongwithyou Fri 28-Apr-17 22:23:52


Noeuf Fri 28-Apr-17 22:24:03

Oh no, poor you! On my arm. Started as an itchy patch and now just a raised coloured patch. Kids all had ringworm, doesn't look like that and it's not changed or spread

OhTheRoses Fri 28-Apr-17 22:26:27

Discoid eczema but I can't open the pic. My ringworm didn't itch.

It's looks like the eczema I get. I had never had any allergies or eczema until I was 35 now I get patches like that all the time and am allergic to so many toiletries including my beloved gel nail polish.

girlandboy Fri 28-Apr-17 22:34:43

Have a Google at Pityriasis Rosea.
The doctor first thought mine was ringworm, but it turned out to be PR.

IhatchedaSnorlax Fri 28-Apr-17 22:37:37

Looks like an age spot to me (but I'm definitely not a doctor!).

Noeuf Fri 28-Apr-17 22:41:56

Ok enough doubt to get it checked. Mum gets skin cancer every so often and has a history of it so I guess I need to check stuff like this.

sadie9 Fri 28-Apr-17 23:39:08

You could get a tube of anti fungal cream (Daktarin) at the chemist over the weekend. If it's ringworm that'll probably take care of it. Age spots don't appear in a few days, nor does skin cancer.

Noeuf Wed 10-May-17 17:38:07

Mini update chemist thinks it isn't anything like ringworm but has given me a tube of hydrocortisone to try but maybe run past GP.
I want it to go before the Summer!!

ragged Wed 10-May-17 19:17:26

Images won't load for me. can you link to something similar online?

I get seborrhic kerotoses which are like... peel off age spots or moles. Harmless but kind of ugly. Grow, scale, itch, peel off, reappear several yrs later. Skin does weird things as you get older.

Noeuf Wed 10-May-17 19:33:33

Oh that sounds more likely, will Google

ragged Wed 10-May-17 19:37:08

get the spelling right (unlike me)
sebborhic kerotoses
I spot them on women age 40+ all the time, now. Many are just a patch of different skin.
I have 2 or 3 regulars that pop up every... ? 3-4 yrs.
First one appeared in my early 30s. Unhelpfully on my face!

Noeuf Wed 10-May-17 19:55:32

Ah ok I think that might be it. I'm slightly worried about skin cancer - do yours appear really quickly?

ragged Wed 10-May-17 20:08:41

Mine come out of nowhere, grow fast, slow down. I guess maybe 3 months from appearance to flaking off.

I got my 1st one so long ago it never crossed my mind to worry about it. I kind of know the rules now what is SK and what would be rather different. You could chat to a GP. They probably won't be experts but can refer you to a dermatologist. There are other types of skin growths to worry about and others that are harmless. Probably a lot more harmless than bad. But it takes a while to remember the rules to tell them all apart.

ragged Wed 10-May-17 20:13:54

One thing about SK is it never appears like an infection or a sore. It's really superficially sitting on the skin. My relatives who have had ... (I think it's basal carcinoma? The one that is only just barely bad news because it can be bad but actually almost none of them ever do progress) those thing went deep into the skin. My SK patches will bleed like buggery if I try to peel it off early, but they don't go into the skin, that I can tell, they peel off very cleanly.

Anyway, most MNers would tell you just go see the GP.

Noeuf Wed 10-May-17 20:25:22

It's on my arm. The photo shows it slightly raised. It definitely won't peel (ow!) . My family history is melanoma, basal carcinoma and squameous cells and then various cancers. So people either dead or with skin stuff. I have never had any, it's my siblings and parents and then wider family.

However this looks hopefully like a flat pale Sebb thing...

Noeuf Wed 10-May-17 20:26:15

Oh you have to touch the photo to make it all appear, just wondered where my arm had gone !

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