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Stretch marks are not harmful and there is usually no need to see your GP about them.

However, if you feel that your stretch marks are unsightly and they are making you unhappy, it may be worth seeing your GP to discuss possible treatment options. However, there is no guarantee that any particular treatment that is recommended for you will work.

Before making any recommendations, your GP will examine your stretch marks, ask you about any other symptoms that you have and whether or not you are taking any medicines.

Diagnosing underlying conditions

In rare cases, stretch marks can be a symptom of an underlying condition, such as Cushing's syndrome or Marfan syndrome.

You should see your GP if your stretch marks do not seem to be linked to changes in your weight or growth or if you have any of the symptoms that are associated with either Cushing's syndrome, or Marfan syndrome (see the 'symptoms' section).

If your GP thinks that your stretch marks may be linked to another condition, they may need to carry out some tests. These may include blood or urine tests and imaging scans, such as an X-ray or a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan. An MRI scan uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to produce images of the inside of your body.

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