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Lentigines: Symptoms, and Treatments

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These are black or brown spots that appear on the skin, normally on the sun-exposed areas.
Lentigines are very common in adults over the age of 50. [1]


1. Affects both men and women
2. Self-diagnosable
3. Solitary or multiple
4. Treatment options available
5. Lab tests may be required


Lentigines also called as liver spots. They usually appear on the face, hands, shoulders, and arms or other areas that are more exposed to the sun. They could look like cancerous growths. However, they are generally harmless and do not need treatment. They are more common in people with light skin tone. The common causes of this condition are sunburn, indoor tanning, phototherapy, radiation therapy, Bannayan-Riley-Ruvalcaba syndrome, Cowden syndrome, Noonan syndrome, Xeroderma pigmentosum or Peutz-Jeghers syndrome.


Symptoms


People may experience:
1. Flat spots on body
2. Brown, black and tan colored spots.


Treatment


Lentigines are not exactly a cause of medical concern, so they do not have to be treated. However, they could be removed or lightened for aesthetic reasons.
Self-care:
1. Apply sunscreen
2. Avoid sun exposure
3. Wear sun-protective clothing


Medications:
Medications include bleaching creams, chemical peels, laser or intense pulse light therapy, and cryotherapy are also helpful. They destroy
melanocytes.


Specialists:
Consult a dermatologist if the symptoms are evident and the condition worsens. At mfine, we provide accurate diagnosis and comprehensive treatment plans for all health concerns under a team of qualified doctors.

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