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Dr. P. Jyoti, Doctor (other than dermatologist)
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I have a black scab on the side of my face (right side)

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I have a black scab on the side of my face (right side) that’s been there for some weeks. A bit concerned. It’s about 10 mm in Circumference. Martin
JA: When did the scabbing first appear? Have you used any medication for this?
Customer: About three weeks ago. No I have used no medication.
JA: Got it. Have you seen a dermatologist about the scabbing?
Customer: No. I am currently in the country and have no access to medical advice. I can send you a picture? Martin
JA: Thank you so much for your time. Finally, is there anything else in your medical history you think the Dermatologist should know?
Customer: I have previously been diagnosed with Bohans disease. My dermatologist looks as it is every six months. No problems in the last five years

Hello, my name is***** thank you for your question. I am a qualified MD with 18 years’ experience and I am happy to work with you on this.

Please send a pic.

Without the information requested in my previous response, I can only give you a general answer, but I hope this helps.

This is likely to be a fungal infection by a fungus called Tinea Versicolor. This can produce patches which are darker than the surrounding skin. You will need antifungal ointments for this which you have to apply regularly.
You can use an OTC antifungal ointment like Lotrimin (In UK Canestan). Apply it twice daily for 30 days. The black patch should gradually fade.

If the patch is not affected at all by the ointment, other conditions need to be considered. You have to show your doctor if it persists.

Hope I have been able to clarify the situation for you and helped in resolving your query.
If you need more help, please let me know so l can continue to assist you.
Thank you and I wish you the best of health - stay safe!
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Customer: replied 14 days ago.
Sorry for the delay but here is a photo