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3 year old has flat patch of discoloured skin (flat,

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3 year old has flat patch of discoloured skin (flat, irregular borders and darkens in the sun)
Don't remember it being there at birth, noticed it last summer.
Has been referred to dermatologist but will be 10 weeks! GP said she's not concerned but it's bugging me.
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Uzair replied 4 months ago.

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Customer: replied 4 months ago.
I went to GP last summer when I noticed it and they just said nothing to worry about, keep an eye on it, it lightened over the winter months and darkens again in the sun, so I went back to GP who has now done a referral
Expert:  Dr Uzair replied 4 months ago.

Thanks for the reply.

This looks like a congenital melanocytic nevus or a cafe au lait macule.

Both are possible causes and both darken with age and usually lighter at birth. In case of a Congenital Melanocytic Nevus, they are usually much darker even at birth but lighter variants are also there.

The final diagnosis will be made when the dermatologist examines it but both the lesions are nothing to worry about much.

Laser treatment can take care of both. And the chances of spreading are also not there.

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Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Ok thanks

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