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Is this skin discoloration darkening on lightening.
Darkening on lightening
Meant darkening OR lightening. Sorry.
Does this darkening flare up off and on?
No itching I take it?
no, and no itching
Thank ;you for the photograph> Was there any sort of rash there before it turned dark?
Any trauma at all?
but it seems to be getting bigger
i had a hernia surgery recently
and they said I may have swelling, hence the closer look than normal
but this is not swelling
I noticed it a few months ago and didn't think of it again as it was smaller
but it appears to have grown
This to me appears to be some type of vascular compromise. Perhaps, a small embolus ( nothing dangerous) has traveled to the superficial blood vessels. My suggestion would be to consult with the surgeon who performed the hernia repair. This does not appear to be a skin condition per se.
so skin cancer and the like does not look like this?
This would be a very strange pattern for this. I am assuming the skin within this dark area is normal? I am also assuming this has come up rather quickly.
no it was there before the surgery, but smaller I think
the surgery, and subsequent swelling prompted me to examine further and it appeared it had grown
The area between and among the dark areas, has normal skin.
I didn't document the size before, so I am not sure. So I am trying to decide if this is something i should make a dr appt for or not
I believe the skin is normal
I would make an appointment. I do not feel that this is really a pigmented lesion problem. However, a dermatologist can use an instrument called a dermatoscope to be sure. I would also be happy to show the picture to some of my colleagues Tuesday night so you can obtain multiple opinions.
No foregin travel?
No medical issues?
and is this an appointment that needs to be made asap, I know my dermotoligist is usually at least a month out on appts
What I would recommend is asking to speak to the dermatologist. It is a trick I tell patients. It is rare for a dermatologist to turn away a patient, especially a pre-existing patient. Usually such decisions are made by a lazy secretary. Nearly, always a patient can be worked into the schedule. Call early in the morning. There should be a cancellation. If this seems to be progressing it should be evaluated and addressed.
ok thanks for the advice
Please let me know what happens. I will take your photo to the meeting Tuesday night. ...it is totally anonymous.