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Old 03-06-2008, 07:38 AM   #1
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what are white freckles

what are white freckles on the leg?

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Old 03-06-2008, 11:56 AM   #2
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Re: what are white freckles

How prominent are they? I have lots of white marks in my skin that look like freckles, and show up more in the summer when I've gotten a bit of a tan. I think they are freckles, where freckles that are darker are a concentration of pigment, and I think it's possible that lighter spots could be a place on your skin with a lack of pigment. I'm not positive about this, though.
Also, I have a number of old Chicken Pox scars that look like this- freckles lighter than my skin, and some bug bite scars, too.

Old 03-06-2008, 12:45 PM   #3
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Re: what are white freckles

These patches are called tinea versicolor...most likely. Look it up. Or it could be a mild form of eczema but it is most likely the fungal infection. I get this off and on and it appears worse in the summer since these areas do not tan. Or not to make it seem worse than it is...there is a condition called vitilago than starts off as small white (absence of melanin) spots on the skin which progressively get worse although this doesn't sound like what you describe.


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Old 03-07-2008, 10:42 PM   #4
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Re: what are white freckles

You can also have areas in your skin that just don't produce as much melanin. When the other areas that have normal amounts of melanin are stimulated by the sun to produce pigment, the white spots are more noticeable.

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