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Dark patches of dry skin what is it?
spyu79 posted:
It started as a small area below my armpit that just appeared suddenly. I just thought it was a random dry spot, but over the course of a few months it covers the entire right side from my arm pit down to the bottom of my ribs.

It is not painful and does not itch, but the skin is discolored and a dark brown and looks like it's partially peeling. It also feels dry and tight in that area. Now I also have it along my upper back. I don't know what's causing it to spread. If I put lotion on it, it seems to calm the symptoms slightly, but it doesn't go away.

I've looked and looked and can't find anything that resembles the symptoms I have. Help please!
Mohiba K Tareen, MD responded:
Dear Spyu79,

From your desciption, the most common skin condition that you may have is a condition called lichen simplex chronicus (lsc). This occurs when eczema or dry skin is rubbed or scratched and the skin thickens and discolors.

You should schedule an appointment with your derm for treatment otherwise the condition typically does continue to spread.

Do not despair, if treated in a timely manner the thickening and discoloration will definitely resolve!

I hope that helps
MANNEQUiN replied to Mohiba K Tareen, MD's response:

I got the same problem , but with mine .. i already had on my neck , and even in my breast and i already had this for 5 years, does it possible to still get treated? Thanks.

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