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Top 10 Age Spots Causes

  1. 1.Hemochromatosis

    Hemochromatosis is a disease in which too much iron builds up in the body. This can be hereditary or caused by another condition like liver failure.

    You should visit your primary care physician for diagnostic blood tests (too look at your iron stores). Depending on severity, your treatment could range from watchful waiting to lifestyle changes to donating blood to reduce the iron levels.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, abdominal pain (stomach ache), joint pain, decreased sex drive, frequent urination
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Condition Involving Blue Skin

    Blue skin may be due to a lack of oxygen delivered to that area by the blood, which is dangerous. You should see a doctor immediately!

    There may be several explanations for this symptom and its severity, but a healthcare professional should make an assessment as soon as possible because it may be serious.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    blue skin
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service
  3. 3.Allergic Contact Dermatitis of the Face

    Allergic contact dermatitis is a condition in which the skin becomes irritated and inflamed following physical contact with an allergen. Common products known to cause allergic dermatitis include plants, metals, soap, fragrance, and cosmetics.

    You can safely treat this condition on at home. The main treatment for this disease is to avoid the substance that triggers the skin inflammation. Moisturizer can also be helpful to provide relief for your inflamed skin.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    facial redness, face itch, scabbed area of the face
    Symptoms that always occur with allergic contact dermatitis of the face:
    facial redness
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  4. 4.Non - Specific Facial Rash

    A rash is an area of irritated or swollen skin. Often, rashes are unidentifiable and some variation of normal. For example, scratching one's arm causes it to turn red (which is caused by mast cells releasing chemicals into the local area), but that's completely normal.

    At this time, you do not need treatment for this rash. If it worsens, you may need to consult a physician.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    facial redness
    Symptoms that always occur with non-specific facial rash:
    facial redness
    Symptoms that never occur with non-specific facial rash:
    fever
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  5. 5.Chronic Kidney Disease

    Chronic kidney disease, also known as chronic renal failure, is a disorder caused by gradual loss of kidney function. It is most common in elderly individuals.

    You should make an appointment with your primary care physician to discuss your symptoms as soon as possible.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, difficulty concentrating, loss of appetite, decreased sex drive, unintentional weight loss
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  6. 6.Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

    Polycystic ovary syndrome is a common hormone disorder characterized by irregular period, acne, and fertility issues.

    You should visit your primary care physician to discuss your symptoms.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal bleeding, fatigue, pelvis pain, painful periods, depressed mood
    Symptoms that always occur with polycystic ovary syndrome:
    oligo/amenorrhea or hyperandrogenism
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  7. 7.Hypothyroidism

    Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid, a butterfly-shaped organ inside the neck, no longer produces adequate levels of hormones. Thyroid hormones are essential for many bodily functions including breathing, heart rate, and metabolism.

    You should visit your primary care physician. Hypothyroidism is a complex condition that is usually treated with hormone replacement therapy.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, depressed mood, difficulty concentrating, weight gain, muscle aches
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  8. 8.Body Dysmorphic Disorder

    Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a body-image disorder where a person is consistently preoccupied with an imagined or slight defect in their appearance. People with BDD can dislike any part of their body, although commonly they will focus on fault with their hair, skin, nose, chest, or stomach. BDD most often develops in teens and adolescents, with men and women affected equally.

    You should visit your primary care physician who will coordinate care with a psychologist or other mental health professional. BDD is usually treated with counseling and behavioral therapy.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    hair loss, negative body-image opinion, acne, impaired social or occupational functioning, small penis
    Symptoms that always occur with body dysmorphic disorder:
    negative body-image opinion
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  9. 9.Osler - Weber - Rendu Syndrome (Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia)

    Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia is a genetic disorder that leads to abnormal blood vessel formations all over your body, causing bleeding.

    You should go see your primary care doctor, who will diagnose based on a physical exam, imaging, and family history questions. Treatment is to control the bleeding when it happens.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    nose bleed that started spontaneously, small, dilated capillaries, red rash
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  10. 10.Non - Specific Arm Rash

    A rash is an area of irritated or swollen skin. Often, rashes are unidentifiable and some variation of normal. For example, scratching one's arm causes it to turn red (which is caused by mast cells releasing chemicals into the local area), but that's completely normal.

    At this time, you do not need treatment for this rash. If it worsens, you may need to consult a physician.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    upper arm redness
    Symptoms that always occur with non-specific arm rash:
    upper arm redness
    Symptoms that never occur with non-specific arm rash:
    fever
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Age Spots

  • Q.Is your rash:
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Do you currently smoke?
  • Q.Have you experienced any nausea?

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Age Spots Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced age spots have also experienced:

    • 28% Hair Loss
    • 14% Facial Redness
    • 14% Upper Arm Redness
  • People who have experienced age spots were most often matched with:

    • 11% Hemochromatosis
    • 11% Condition Involving Blue Skin
    • 11% Allergic Contact Dermatitis of the Face
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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