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Hi. I will do my best to advise. However, please note that this does not substitute an in-person consultation with a doctor.
Can you upload pictures?
are they itchy? when did they start?
No they are not itchy
They started when I way young 12 yrs old. Now I am 30 yrs
Are you there ?
i am here
will send picture in a minute
This is the right upper arm
This is the right side of torso
HI, I have sent the images
please bear with me while i look at the images
thanks. can you upload a few more images which are long shots and in focus rather than close ups
they are a bit out of focus
ok, uploading couple more now
The third image is of right thigh and fourth is of left upper arm
Thanks. Are the spots raised or just flat?
they are not raised
initial diagnosis was acne ....
then thought it was keratosis pilaris
ok. keratosis pilaris are raised spots. Are the spots centered around hairs?
not all the spots have hairs
but those that have hairs are centered
when I said previously they are not raised.. they are not raised like a pimple
ok. In that case keratosis pilaris is the most probable diagnosis still
it does not seem to respond to any medication ..
could it be due to any food intolerance ..
an inflammation response?
unfortunately keratosis pilaris is difficult to clear completely and can only be controlled
it is unrelated to food intolerance
or anything else
how does it bother you?
as it all over the body
ok. have you tried retin-A cream?
that along with 10% urea is the best treatment possible to make the keratosis less prominent
since this is a genetic condition, unfortunately a cure is not possible
but it does tend to get better at some point
I had it myself during my teenage years, though not as bad as you
I have tried Urea too .. it makes my skin really soft .. but the spots remain
I am in my mid-30s and it is much better now
yes, creams only make the spots fade, but don't cure it
as I said, there is no cure possible
I was hoping it would decrease over the years but hasn't yet
It will at some point. Its just a question of time
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Thanks Dr. Will do