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    Albinism is a rare condition where the body doesn't produce a normal level of melanin (skin pigment). Read more →

    Just over ten years ago I had an infection under my foreskin which caused damage to parts of the skin on the head of my penis. The infection was caused by a lack of ability to clean underneath a tightened foreskin. I subsequently had a circumcision and the skin on the head of my penis healed. The problem is I am dark-skinned and originally the head of my penis had no pigment, however the healed skin has now developed dark pigment making the head look patchy. Does anyone know of a procedure which will safely remove pigment from such a sensitive area of the body?





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    I have had vitligo since i was 16. it has affected the whole of my body -I do not tan but just burn. Keeping out of the sun is a nightmare and sun block is not effective. I have to totally cover up including wearing hat and sunglasses and then sit in the shade. I asked my GP about whether my vit D levels would be affected -she said no but it turns out she was wrong -my vit D was negligible and I suffered for several year with CFS/ME which I think now was really very low vit D (hypothyroidism). I take vit D3 supplements now and keep my blood range high and feel so much better. my hair is mainly white. Seeing as I have lost so much pigment i would like to know if it is likely to affect the pigment in my eyes? its probably only pigment I have left. If this happens will my sight be affected? What are the chances of this happening to me?





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    How do i know if I have ADD/ADHD? I dont know if i have it or is just me being pure lazy, i kick my self up the backside because i can't complete things. went to 6form droppedo out because i was always late and never in, Went to college dropped out and always late but i enojoyed the course but stil.... Is it because i lack willpower? Ive made a appointment with a doctor soon but i can't help feeling its just me lack of will power





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    I am 18 and was diagnosed with ADHD when I was 8. It sounds like a posibility and I can relate to it because I was expelled from school in year 10 (age 15) and since then have had to sort myself out pretty much. I've been on loads of different dosages and medications and have got the right one for me now. Everyones different with it as I have a friend who's also 18 who has had ADHD diagnosed since he was about 14 and he takes no medication as he learnt to control it better. See someone, take advice and see how you feel

    I can relate to you on this one. Im a 25 year old female and has recently just be diagnoised with Adult ADHD. Reading your comment I noticed you saying you droped out of education few times, A few years back i was the same, Just about managed to get through college, however I had two atempts of going to University and only lasted two months. I always felt different like there was a blanklet covering me. I battled with depression for few years and that was when I did my own research. ( what the internet is good at) I researched ADHD and i was surprised that all the symtoms of it i have and have had all my life! I managed to get my doctor to refer me and now my life is on track with the help of different kinds of therpy and medication. hope this is some help.

    i am 30 yrs old and have a total lack of libido i have been to my doctor and she sent me to a sex therapist who i seen for 3mts and after we finished our meetings she sent me back to my doctor who then told me that there was nothing else she can do for me i have been with my partner for 8yrs and this is getting really affected by my lack of libido and i dont know where else to turn for help





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    Hi, I'm 25 and I noticed a few tiny raised goose pimple type bumps in the pubic area of my genitals, there was also 2 or 3 red bumps which the lady at the sexual health clinic said were molluscum. She treated them by freezing the area and told me to come back if it didn't clear up. After a few days the red bumps dried up and disappeared but the skin coloured goose bump sized lumps remained. That was around 6 weeks ago and since then I have noticed the same skin coloured bumps appear on my arms chest and neck, but there is never any red lumps that resemble the pictures of molluscum I have seen. I went back to the sex clinic and she laughed at me and told me it was just the pigment of my skin but I disagree, how can it be spreading if it's just the pigment in my skin?? So I guess what I want to know is, is it possible that this is a mild form of molluscum that isn't managing to break out into red spots, is it molluscum in it's early stage, or is it something completely ddifferent? If you could offer me any clarity I would really appreciate it as this causing me quite alot of distress. Jon





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    Hi, ever since i remember I have had like goose bump things on my arms and legs.. my hair is really fine and i think my hair cant push through the skin so it just stays under the skin in these lumps.. its really embarrasing and i try and exfoliate and moisturise everyday but i still have really rough skin.. can anyone please help me?!

    I have the same symptoms, my STD clinic suggests its Molluscum, nothing bigger than goosebumps and spreading.. it goes on its own I hear.

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    Hello. On my cheek i have a slighty raise patch a bit smaller than a five p. It gets very dry but never bleeds. Looks as though it has no pigment, and is growing slowly. Have been to the doctors and said it was nothing to worry about but has grown since then. Should i go and see a different doctor.I am fair skinned and 37 yrs. Thanks





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    hi i am 40 my penis is turning white from my penis head down like pigment loss any 1 else have this and can i get rid of it thanks





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    HI WAYNE IM 42 AND MINE HAS GONE WHITE AT THE TIP, IT IS DUE TO PIGMENT LOSS. ITS NOT HARMFULL IN ANY WAY. BUT IM AFRAID YOU CANT GET RID OF IT. ONCE THE PIGMENTS GONE ITS GONE. SORRY.YOU CAN STOP IT GETTING WORSE BY NOT GOING ON SUNBEDS OR SUNBATHING. DONT WORRY ABOUT IT. ITS JUST A DIFERENT SHADE. :)

    I get dark patches under my arms and inner thighs, it really knocks my confidence down. I've tried all sorts of whitening cream ad things like bio oil and it's not going away:( Does anyone have any idea how I can get the dark pigment to disappear?





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    I AM 37 AND HAVE ALWAYS STRUGGLED WITH EYE CONTACT AND SCORED 36 ON THE TEST WHICH CONFIRMS MY THOUGHTS THAT I MAY HAVE A FORM OF AUTISM. I AM ATTENDING A CPN FOR DEPRESSION AS I LACK THE ABILITY TO FORM ATTACHMENTS BUT NO-ONE WANTS TO GIVE ME A DIAGNOSIS WHICH I CAN WORK WITH. I MANAGE IN DAY TO DAY LIFE BY TRYING TO FIT IN BY BEHAVING AS I SEE OTHERS DOING, BUT JUST DON'T FEEL NORMAL AND PEOPLE HAVE NOTED MY LACK OF EYE CONTACT AND DON'T KNOW HOW TO GO FORWARD FROM HERE. WHO DO I SEE TO GET A DIAGNOSIS IF I KNEW WHAT WAS WRONG WITH ME THEN I COULD WORK ON FIXING IT, AS IT IS I FEEL SO LONELY BUT CAN'T DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT. I CAN FORCE MYSELF TO MAKE EYE CONTACT BUT AM NOT COMFORTABLE WITH IT AT ALL....





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    I have tan colour Blotchy pigment marks onmy face, under my eye and on my left cheek but ive noticed its spreading under my other eye and on my eye lids, im 15 ive been to 3 hospitals and have no clue what is neither do the doctors which im surprised at, they tried to fet me laser surgery through the nhs but they wont fund it im desperate for help ive been going through this since i was 11/12 please help!!





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    Hi, I am 31years old woman since last year I have dark brown pigment which is spreading (very quickly) all over my forehead and cheeks. It start a light brown pigment all over my face. It looks like if my face is dirty. I dont have any children and use high protection for a sun but it seems to be worse and worse. I also suffer from acne. I was prescribed Dianette (contraceptives) which I am taking 9 months and it helped just a bit. Can I get rid of the pigment? It is very frustrating and I am every day scared to look at myself in a mirror. It looks like a dirty mask on my face. PLEASE HELP is there any treatment for it? Thank you very much





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    I have malasma on my forehead and cheeks. I was prescibed a product called skin tech bleach and blend cream which i used daily as prescibed, but this made the pigment worse. I was wondering has anyone tried IPL laser and did it work??? I am frightened to try creams as the one i mentioned earlier made my pigment worse and made my skintone very uneven. Please help





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    I had vitiligo on my face (a big white patch next my eye) I was very conscious and stressed. I found the more I stressed the bigger it got! I spoke to a skin specialist who prescribed me a new ointment, told me not to get hopes up as it's not had much feedback. Approx 5 months later my pigment has fully restored in my face. However, .I also have white patches on my leg and penis (the pigment has NOT came back hear) The cream is called Protopic Tacrolimus Monohydrate 0.03% available at most chemists I believe.





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    Hi,i was soooo wondering if you can help me.as i was growing up in the philippines i had insect bites and thy have scared and i am now 39 years old and cant even wear short cuz im too embarass about my scar pigment on both legs.i even hide it from my partner which he sometimes say how i got them.and never in my life i have worne short cuz its really ugly to look at.i have tried all scar medicine even got a deep peel when i was on holiday and it just wont do it.please please help me if you think you guys can give me something for it.i know there is a cream or something for it.please, i really need your help ihave been in silent about my pigment scare for 28 years.i even hide it from my whole family.pls,pls,pls help me.





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    I am a african caribbean female who suffers with tailors bunions (bunions on the outter side of my foot) which are very painful I struggle to wear any type of footwear including trainers, i'm embarrassed to show my feet to my friends and family and only wear closed shoes. Additionally the area where my bunions are have lost pigment, I am now left with white patches on both of my feet. What can I do to stop the pain and to restore pigment again.





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    hi, I am expecting a child and worried about stained pigment on my nipples, I think its due to fake tanning but the little bits of skin on the nipple has some brown pigment its not entirely covered in brown there is still pink bits and it wont go away even when I wash my nipples hard or soft. its really embarrassing especially now that I will be breastfeeding my son, I don't really want him to be latching on with discolored bits of skin on my nipple. please could you help





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    i'm 17, first of all I have delayed ejaculation when having sex which is annoying and I don't understand why I have it. Secondly, whenever i'm drunk which is the only time i'm confident around girls I can never get an erection, I think one of the main reasons is because I have skin pigment on my penis, therefore I just use it as an excuse that I was drunk so I couldn't get an erection, although i do partially believe it is just because i'm drunk. I don't dare do anything with a girl when i'm sober because i'm scared that I wont get an erection again because of the pigment which i will worry about and just ruins my confidence further more even though I have not actually tried. I did have a girlfriend for 17 months and she was the only person I was confident in showing it to and having regular sex with a full erection.





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    Vitiligo is a relatively common, acquired loss of pigmentation of the skin, affecting 1% to 2% of the population. Destruction of melanocytes, or pigment cells, occurs and the skin becomes white. The most common sites of pigment loss are body folds (like the groin or armpits), around body openings, and exposed areas like the face or hands. It can also develop at sites of injury: cuts, scrapes, and burns. http://www.supercareproducts.com





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    I have recently been to see a specialist at a private clinic to discuss the pigment on my face as it has got really bad and seems to be spreading. I first developed it about 20 years ago and it got worse during pregnancy. I eventually had laser treatment which was very successful, however this new pigment is coming from behind my ears, all down my neck, along my jaw line and now is forming around my lips; it is really very unsightly and make-up isn't able to cover it due to the darkness of the pigment. The specialist said that it was caused by my medication which up until 2010 was methotrexate but now I am on hydrochloroquin (very low dose). I use factor 50 on my face when on holiday and factor 15 at home which is in all my moisturisers and foundation. I wasn't aware that my meds would affect my skin?? I have also started to develop small white spots on my legs this year too which is concerning. I am really fed up with this and it is slowly killing my self-confidence as it continues to spread. Do you think laser treatment will be ok with the medication, the clinic is also concerned that I might end up with white patches after the laser treatment... is this normal after this type of treatment, it didn't occur last time??





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    I've had eczema since I was born. As a little girl it use to be all over my cheeks, neck and in the creases of my arms but it was more red and blotchy. Till I was about 10, it disappeared but reappeared on my neck and arms as very dark skin (pigmentation). For the last 2-3 years it has also spread around my lips and I have a very dark line of pigment around my lips. Its so embarrasing because I am 17 and can't leave the house without plastering myself with makeup just to cover the pigment around my lips. As I am asian, and have naturally tanned skin, the colour of the pigment is literally black and looks sore and dry even when completely soft and moisturised. I find it so embarrasing when my friends come round to see me and I have no makeup on. People have made fun of me because of my uneven skin and what makes it worse is that when I apply foundation around my lips, it dries up really bad and looks very sore. So either way, I can't really hide it! I've become very insecure, that when I'm out in the day or there is a lot of light on me, I tend to hold my hand up around my mouth so that people don't notice it. I've tried hundreds of creams over the last few years and even visited a dermatoligist who only told me it would disappear in over a year or so. Do you have any suggestions on how I could get rid of it and fast!? I can't even wear short sleeves because its really bad and now its begin to spread around my shoulders. I've seen so many people get rid of horrible illnesses which has changed their lives. I would love to be that person! Please help! :(





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    My 4 year old son was diagnosed with PS. He is missing all or part of his right pectoral muscle and we've recently noticed some lack of strength in his upper body. Has anyone else experienced this lack of strength? Does Physical therapy help with this?





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    Hi my son is 14 months old and we are currently waiting to find out if he has PS. Was this something quickly diagnosed for your son. Thanks x

    Yes, the diagnosis was pretty quick. We originally only noticed the small hand size (on the right side only) and some webbing between his fingers so the doctor first called it something else. When he was 18 months and went back for another check up, we had also noticed the difference in his chest on the right side. These symptoms were really all he needed to make the diagnosis. He said he could tell by looking at him that his pectoral muscle was missing. We haven't had any sort of scan to see which muscles are there or aren't there...but wondering if it'd be helpful to find that out? Hope you get some answers soon! What tests are they doing that are taking a while?

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    Is the lack of breast tissue formed at puberty the result of a lack of a particular hormoan? Also if transexual men are given hormoan tablets to help and encourage them to develop breasts why are women with little or no chest not offered the same treatment?





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    I agree totally! I Dont see why they cant give it to females.

    You can use your tongue. Women love that. Mix it up though. Most women get more frustrated with the lack of closeness than the lack of orgasm.

    Hi. I am 28 now and I too have this problem. When I was about 10 or so, my mom started to notice the abnormal development of my breast and became concerned. I can attest to the fact the some doctors (my pediatrician at the time) do laugh it off as if there is nothing wrong. I don't blame it necessarily on a lack of care but would consider it more of a lack of knowledge. In my now professional medical experience, we (as doctors) do not know everything there is to know about every medical issue but instead of admitting that we pass it off as idiopathic. Had my doctor admitted that he couldn't understand why my breast were growing in that way, I could have had this fix by now. It is embarrassing and it has always made me feel uncomfortable around guys, as if they can see (even with me being fully clothed) that I wasn't normal. It also makes me feel like less of a woman because I lack the appeal of that one feature that outwardly defines me as a woman.

    i was diagnosed becker's nevus.. but only pigment is seen on right side of neck .. how can it be removed??





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    hi i'm 45 i and i have pigment prombels on my face so could you tell me what cream you gave a man with the some problme on the show thank you





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    hi i'm 25 i and i have pigment prombels on my face.When i went to my doctor she said they cant do anything, but i been watching this amazing program and now i know i can do something, so could you tell me what cream you gave a man with the some problme on the show thank you

    Hey,I'm 13 and i have had pigment on me feet and now i have little ones on my legs also i have 1-2 on my wrists i am naturally tanne and they have appeared. Can you help?





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    Hi my friend has had a under skin type rash on both her hands near thumbs it looks like pigment what could it be





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    Im 27 an my back an shoulder are covered in white pigment spots that don't tan an i was wondering how i can get rid of them





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    My son has schitzophrenia. I'm thoroughly disappointed with the lack interest by his mental health team in his progress. His care co-ordinator sees him once a fortnight for his depot and other than visits from a family councellor there's nothing. There's a list of some 25 people waiting for CBt.and just one psychologist available. A bloody disgrace ! There's no support worker in sight and no-one with some authority/interest to help him. As a parent I feel totally frustrated by the lack of professionalism within social services, not least the lack of response to my numerous 'phone calls about CBT. Someone needs to investigate the whole issue of care, treatment and therapy of schizophrenics living at home with parents, in 'supported' accommodation and those caring for themselves. There would be tears shed at the revelations. From a very concerned parent.





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    My son, who lives with me, also has schizophrenia and I agree with your comments. My son has been having a depot once a fortnight for over 8 years now. He doesn't have a family councellor or what used to be called a "social worker", the depot nurse seems to have to cope with everything. A previous nurse once informed me that there was a short life expenctancy for someone taking his medication, I was very shocked to hear this and don't know how true it is. Recently he has been avoiding the visits from the nurse and receiving his depot and I'm not sure how to handle this. He seems ok at the moment.I don't know if he'l stay stable with it but can understand him thinking he's had enough of it. He hasn't worked for about 12 years now, lost his job due to paranoia. I want to see him get his life back but whenever I speak to someone connected to his case I hit a brick wall. From another very concerned parent.

    to harold and pamela, hi, i am diagnosed schizoaffective disorder-mixed type f25.2 which is both schitzophrenia and depression. this started at 17 yrs of age, i am now 45 yrs of age and have been in and out of hospital many times. i have found when ive been told im ill, i feel well and when im told im well, im ill and cant cope and feel suicidal. currently i am not seeing my community mental health team and do not wish to do so because they locked me up based on lies by others living around me and by lies from my so called care coordinator who i think isnt in the right job, he does not do things for my best interest. i have found the so called help is more of a hinderance to me getting on in life. i have been living on my own now for the best part of 13 years, and truthfully what i can suggest to parents with sons/daughters suffering the same...they need their independence, your son/daughter needs to approach someone in the support team/cpn, doctor or gp who they feel comfortable with, in order for them to get on. such issues as employment or housing or medication. i was on depot injections for over 10 years and i always felt it was too strong. if they cannot talk to their cpn, then they should be asking for to be seen by someone different. but realistically the choice to talk has to come from your son and not yourself. they need to make their own decisions and you not make choices for them. also try and break the "care" attachment you have with your son/daughter as this is not allowing them to lead their own lives. if they dont lead their own lives they will only find it harder to cope in time

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