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    What are the spots on the back of my hands?

    I have got brown scaly spots on the back of my hands that fade and after a couple of weeks reappear. Is this serious?
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    Mr Stephen Salerno

    Plastic Surgeon (Reconstructive & Cosmetic)

    Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgery Hand Surgery Skin cancer and melanoma surgery Breast Surgery View Profile

    The spots you are describing sound like they are possibly seborrheic keratoses or soalr keratoses.  It will difficult to say exactly without visualising them.  If they are seborrheic or solar keratoses then they are not malignant and can be left alone.  You would be best to have these seen by a dermatologist, plastic surgeon or skin specialist to have them properly assesed

    Stephen Salerno

  • Dr John Mahony

    Cosmetic Physician

    Dr John Mahony studied Medicine at Sydney University 1980-1984 graduating early 1985. Internship and residency years followed in the Illawarra, covering general medical and surgical … View Profile

    Get along to a doctor who works in skin. These can't be reliably diagnosed by typing on a website.

    How old are you? Have your hands seen much sun over the years? What Fitzpatrick skin type are you? How long have you had these lesions? Are they getting more numerous? How many are there? Are they getting bigger and/or darker? Bleed? Itch? When you say they fade, by how much? Is that when you are out of the sun?

    Lots of questions to ask…..

    Get them looked at.

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