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Striae distensae is a common finding in adolescents of both genders, particularly females primarily during pregnancy.

Striae are seen in 90% of pregnant women, as a result of hormonal factors like adrenocortical hormones, estrogen, and relaxin along with increased lateral stress on connective tissue. [1]

- It is also due to prolonged heavy weight lifting.
- Mostly observed on the thighs and knees.

Striae may also occur in HIV-positive people receiving protease inhibitors, such as indinavir. Ulceration of striae has been reported in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus.

Symptoms :

- Indented streaks or lines in the skin.
- Pink, red, black, blue or purple streaks.
- Bright streaks that fade into a lighter color.
- Streaks on the abdomen, hips, breasts, buttocks or thighs.
- Streaks covering large areas of the body.

People may experience :

Striae shows progression of clinical appearances, commencing as flat, pink lesions which broaden, lengthen and appear in a violaceous color. The color gradually fades to leave a white, depressed scar.

Treatment :

Self Care : Cocoa Butter, Vitamin E, and the lotions may help with the itching that may accompany striae formation.

No evidence has existed that any treatment removes striae once they have appeared, although in a small, and in a prospective trial, women who applied a certain medication to abdominal stretch marks and during pregnancy did note significant improvement in the clinical appearance of the striae.

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