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#1 Elvis

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 09:31 AM

I have very recently started to develop dark patches of skin pigmentation on one side of my neck.it is now spreading very quickly to the other side.Is this Sclero related? Quite alarmed at how quickly it has spread! Any advice would be very welcome.(i have limited scleroderma)Thanks

#2 Jeannie McClelland

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 12:52 PM

Hi Caz,

I guess it might well be, although you'd want to check with your doctor. We have a page on hyperpigmentation (skin darkening) and it is caused by scleroderma in some people, although there are also other causes. The Merck Medical Manual has a comprehensive list of causes including which medications are known to cause this problem. One thing that seems to be universally suggested is to avoid the sun.
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#3 Amanda Thorpe

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Posted 25 August 2010 - 03:21 AM

Hello Caz

I had the hyperpigmentation on my forearms at the beginning of my scleroderma. It was like big brown freckles and looked awful and I couldn't wait until they faded which they eventually did after about a year. Obviously I can't say that what's happening with you but I do know it's unpleasant and you do wonder where else they would turn up on your body.

Let us know what the doctor says and take care.
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#4 Lil Dee

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Posted 25 August 2010 - 07:47 PM

Oh Caz, I do feel for you, as it is quite something seeing yourself change - literally - before your own eyes !! Do, as has already been suggested, go a see your doctor and see if he can offer an explanation. There are so many reasons that this could be happening, I'd hate to suggest any for fear of being totally off target !

I personally have a few patches that have appeared on my face over the last few years, but they are quite subtle for most part. I do remember the first time I noticed them for real, though. I'd been out in the sun for the day, and as I'm naturally quite dark skined, I tend to tan quite easily. The following morning, I look in the mirror, and I have what looks like a shadow caused by a moustache :o One of the patches just happens to be above my top lip, and as the patches tan a lot easier than my normal skin, being in the sun had really darkened them up !
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Fortunatly, my husband sees them as quite cute, and now I have a number of them splashed around my face, it's nice to hear him say how much he appreciates them....makes me, me, apparently ! :wub:

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Posted 26 August 2010 - 11:23 AM

Hi Amanda,thanks for your reply. Well I live in hope of it fading.I haven't got it anywhere else but on my neck but it is just as you describe.There is no skin changes on my neck apart from the darker pigmentation.
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