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Hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation: Introduction

Hyperpigmentation is a type of skin darkening that occurs when certain skin cells release more pigment (dark color). Hyperpigmentation can be the symptom of some severe diseases (e.g. Addison's, scleroderma), and any such symptoms require prompt professional medical investigation....more »

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Causes of Hyperpigmentation:

The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Hyperpigmentation. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

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Causes of Types of Hyperpigmentation:

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Hyperpigmentation Treatments

Some of the possible treatments listed in sources for treatment of Hyperpigmentation may include:

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Stories from Users for Hyperpigmentation

Real-life user stories relating to Hyperpigmentation:

Message Boards for Hyperpigmentation

Symptom specific forums: The following patient stories in our interactive forums and message boards relate to Hyperpigmentation or relevant symptoms:

Diagnostic tests for Hyperpigmentation:

Various tests are used in the diagnosis of Hyperpigmentation. Some of these are listed below :

  • Physical examination
    • Examine the pigmented skin in area or areas affected and note pigmentation features
    • Blood pressure ( postural lowering of blood pressure with Addison's disease)
    • Examine for signs of Addison's disease such as dehydration; dull grey-brown pigmentation in the mouth (around the molars), hands and in new scars; loss of body hair
    • Examine for signs of systemic disease that may be associated with the cause of the dark skin - e.g. scleroderma, hemochromatosis, polycystic ovarian disease.
  • Blood tests
  • more tests...»

Hyperpigmentation: Animations

Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Hyperpigmentation

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Assessment Questionnaire: Questions your doctor may ask (and why!)

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Hyperpigmentation. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

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Hyperpigmentation: Deaths

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Misdiagnosis and Hyperpigmentation

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Hyperpigmentation: Research Related Doctors & Specialists

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Causes of Hyperpigmentation listed in Disease Database:

Other medical conditions listed in the Disease Database as possible causes of Hyperpigmentation as a symptom include:

Definitions of Hyperpigmentation:

Excessive pigmentation of the skin, usually as a result of increased epidermal or dermal melanin pigmentation, hypermelanosis. Hyperpigmentation can be localized or generalized. The condition may arise from exposure to light, chemicals or other substances, or from a primary metabolic imbalance.
- (Source - Diseases Database)

Organs affected by Hyperpigmentation:

The list of organs typically affected by Hyperpigmentation may include, but is not limited to:

Detailed list of causes of Hyperpigmentation

The list below shows some of the causes of Hyperpigmentation mentioned in various sources:

How Common are these Causes of Hyperpigmentation?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Hyperpigmentation. Of the 151 causes of Hyperpigmentation that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 4 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 5 causes are "common" diseases
  • 1 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 3 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 4 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 140 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Hyperpigmentation:

The following list of conditions have 'Hyperpigmentation' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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  • Eczema ... hyperpigmented eyelids

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Conditions listing medical complications: Hyperpigmentation:

The following list of medical conditions have Hyperpigmentation or similar listed as a medical complication in our database. The distinction between a symptom and complication is not always clear, and conditions mentioning this symptom as a complication may also be relevant. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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  • Eczema ... hyperpigmented eyelids

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Causes of Hyperpigmentation Based on Risk Factors

This information shows analysis of the list of causes of Hyperpigmentation based on whether certain risk factors apply to the patient:

  • Travel - has the patient travelled recently?
  • Diabetes - history of diabetes or family history of diabetes?

    Doctors and specialists: Who should I consult about Hyperpigmentation?

    Depending on the seriousness of the onset of Hyperpigmentation, you may want to consult one of the following medical professionals.

    Important:In extreme cases, always seek advice from emergency services :

    What are the alternative names for Hyperpigmentation:

    Hyperpigmented, Pigmentation, Pigmented skin lesion
    - (Source - Diseases Database)

    Classifications of Hyperpigmentation:

    Subtypes of Hyperpigmentation:

    Excess skin pigmentation (32 causes), Persistent brown pigmentation (10 causes)

    Medical Conditions associated with Hyperpigmentation:

    Skin color changes (2348 causes), Dark skin (136 causes), Pigmentation symptoms (305 causes), Skin symptoms (5992 causes), Skin problems (3422 causes), Skin color symptoms (2348 causes)

    Symptoms related to Hyperpigmentation:

    Dark skin (136 causes), Skin color changes (2348 causes), Redness (534 causes), Blueness (439 causes), Whitening (69 causes), Hypopigmentation (71 causes), Orange skin (14 causes), Mole, Birthmark, Chloasma (7 causes), Melanoderma, Addison's Disease, Eczema (227 causes), Scleroderma, PCOS, Cigarette smoke

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