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My son has developed a tan over the bridge of his nose. He

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my son has developed a tan over the bridge of his nose. He is 16 months old. It has happened over the last couple of weeks maybe 6/7 weeks - it has happened during the summer months. Has had exposure to sun but not excessive. To me it seems very much like melasma - could that be possible? I am currently at my parents so unable to download any pictures. Just some advice would be appreciated. thanks

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I'm Dr. Phil, licensed and practicing internist with over 10 years experience

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Not possible as I am at my parents.

It is possible but it sounds more like sun exposure

melasma is usually on the cheeks

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
maybe I am wrong I thought melasma could be on the nose. If sun exposure how long does it take to fade
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
surprising he didn't tan much anywhere else just in one place
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
it's not fading much - does it take a lot of time.

Yes, kids stay tan forever

My kids have a tan from 2 years ago

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Is there anything I could do to prevent it or limit this. I am assuming as we live in the UK it will be colder in a few months - could the cold months help it to fade. thanks

just sun block

and reapply after 3-4 hours

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
thank you and last question how would I know the difference between melasma and sun tan - so I know for the future

melasma is like dark brown dots not a confluent tan

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