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February 5th, 2010
Hi everyone

Im 21 years old, female and too woken up with brown stains on my left hand...looks alot like indian henna. Its mainly on my index and middle finger an in the middle of my left hand. I also have some small splashes on my right hand.

All i had to eat yesterday was: A ceReal bar, egg & mayo sandwich, strawberry yogurt and a tuna & sweetcorn pasta with mayo. (so protein in egg and tuna but not alot!)

I am a student so also had weird nocturnal sleepin patterns and a couple all-nighters...to finish essays. so stress too!

Have also had weird dreams and toss and turn quite a bit.

Im a little scared now! Im gana book an appointment with the doctor as someone mentioned diabetes and others mentioned pregnancy! Hopefully its neither!

Havnt had alcohol since 5 days ago...and it was alot!

Havnt had any peppers for a week or so.

It doesnt itch or hurt, its just like a henna stain, and it faded a bit when i washed my hands this morning after thinkin it was blood. Checked the bed...but nothing!

Please keep posting if u have possible causes.
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replied February 13th, 2010
Brown Spots on hands
My 7 year old daughter woke up with these spots on her left hand with them concentrated between her thumb and index finger about 10 days ago. She also has them to a lesser degree on her right hand and her thighs and two spots where her uniform opens up on her upper chest. I have had her at the dermatologist, pediatrician, internist and tested her blood for leiukemia and all other things with everything being normal. The conclusion is exposure to limes, lemons, oranges and mango. I just purchased a juicer about two weeks ago and both of my kids were squeezing the limes, lemons and handing me mangos to put in the juicer. The spots are only where her uniform did not cover and where her hands could touch her skin. She is perfectly fine, the spots don't bother her at all, just look strange. My mother in law is allergic to mangos and has sensitive skin so I guess my daughter inherited this sensitivity from her. We also live in South Florida and are out in the sun constantly whether we want to be or not. Hope this helps alleviate some fears that I have read on here and if something changes, I will post as well.
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replied March 13th, 2012
I know this is an old post, but if you're still there.. how long did it take for the spots to go away? Were any of the spots elevated? My daughter has the same thing, a few of the bumps are elevated, the rest are just flat and look like freckles. Thank you!

She did eat mango recently, but she has eating mango before without issues, though this time she did hands the mango with her hands instead of a fork.
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replied September 13th, 2012
Freckles on hand
Hi there. I am wondering if your daughter's spots have dissapeared or not. My 11 year old is now having blue dots like freckles on the top of her left hand (she is left handed). I just visited my family doctor and suggested her to see a dermatologist. I live in Indonesia and we were just back from vacation in Bali where the sun exposure was quite strong.

Appreciate if you share some information on this issue. Thanks a lot.
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replied March 5th, 2010
I can't believe after nearly 4 years since the first post no one actually found any valid answer, thus here I attempt to give one myself.

For those who have non-itch brown spot happened overnight, this is your ultimate answer: they are caused by exposure to lime/mango or the like.

And why is that it seems to happen to most of us on left hand you may ask? Well because most of us are right hand user and when we work on these fruits, we use left hand to handle them, with the right hand holding the knife, for example.

There is nothing weird about lime juice turn to brown color after sometime, especially after exposure to heat. When I was a kid I used to use lime juice to write secret letter and the one received the letter need to heat it up to see the words, when the heat turned the lime juice on the paper brown.

So again, for those who have non-itch brown spot on hand, especially on left hand, ask yourself a question what you ate the night before, was it anything like lime/lemon/mango etc...

I hope this has been helpful. All the best.
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replied March 5th, 2010
I have gotten these things over the years. little brown pin sized dots on my fingers with a couple on the palm. First time was about three years ago they only come back if i start drinking and become dehydrated. they came back this morning and remebered i did have a couple tequila shots that involved lime and lemons. and prior before it was vodka and lime.. sence not everyone on here was drinking to much like me and waking up in need of lots of water with a try mouth and tounge sticking to the side of your mouth im going with limes but the only time they ever came was when i was drinking (to much). cortizone and other creams helped them go away about a week ,but if anyone can find a doctor that says they now exactly what it is plz post it.
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replied April 8th, 2010
Freaky...
freaky... i was trying to find some info on the brown spots that I just noticed on my right hand, the space between the thumb and index finger. I was in the sun 4 days ago but I just noticed them. they are not elevated nor itchy. it looks like henna marks and I''m only 26! ><
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replied April 13th, 2010
Brown Spots
Today, when I returned home from school I was too tired and I went to bed. I woke up an hour later and when I washed my hands I saw several strange spots (brown). They are irregular shape most of them are on my palm. Is it maybe because I worked with acids,salts and bases this day in lab?(Totally: HCl (8%), NaOH, CuSO4,NaCl,NaHCO3,Na2SO4,AgCl,AgNO3,K2Cr2O 7,S8 and CCl4) Could any of them cause the reaction?And what to do? All of acids and bases
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replied November 19th, 2013
This is from a long time ago, but I'd just like to respond for anyone with the same problems as you. And me, actually. You'll find that these marks are from AgNO3, or Silver nitrate. They aren't harmful, you will be fine, just wait a couple of days and they should be gone within the week. Don't stress.
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replied April 17th, 2010
hi,

i have the same small brown spots but mine are raised. i have them on my breasts and stomache i highly doubt there age spots bc im 14 yrs old so i dont know wat to do im not even tan im pale
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replied April 21st, 2010
browny orange spots appearing almost overnight
I am a 36 yr old male who has lived many years in 40+degC/ countries for around 1/3 my life(Saudia-Arabia being one).
It used to be after a long summer I''d get light yellowy/orange patches under my eyes around the check bones, and also on My Inner Ankles and sometimes as described here between my thumb and forefinger; and over the years on My Shins.
These re-semble freckles but are more orange like, although My Face under eyes are more like a yellow Tinge with freckles.
(I even had Hepatitis a/b/c test and liver function done to rule that out)
I have been informed this is a photo-sensitivity thing or Sun/UV Damage
(hormones also play a role, eostrogen mostly I believe, therefore as I mellow with age ang My Testoterone reduces, the symtoms get worse [I am 37 later this year, and this first began around 8yrs ago]

My Diagnosis was: MELASMA aka "Pregnancy Mask", and I also get orange/brown freckles between my thumb and first finger, although only a couple of times.
this a likely place for melasma thoug
{melasma appears in areas exposed to UV so EVEN if you used a sun screen you might regularly miss certain areas such as sides of fingers, ankles, top of feet etc]
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replied May 3rd, 2010
started as red spot, moved thru my right hand, now brown spots
on April 18th I made dinner for my family and it involved limes (I don''t know if that is the cause, just bringing it up since it seems to be a cause for others) and it was one of the first few hot days here in Idaho... so we all hung out outside and soaked up the sun for a few hours... I noticed a day or 2 after that i had a red spot (i thought it was a hot spot from the sun), bigger then the size of a pea, and another one above it 1/3 of the size on the back of my right hand above my wrist but below my thumb... its been a lil over 2 weeks now, and its become brown in color now, there are more areas affected. Such as the upper right side of the back of my hand, there is now a spot about 2 inches by 1 inch, and brown sections near my knuckles here and there, with what appear to be enlarged freckles as well between my thumb and index finger... i won''t have health insurance till mid June... should I be as worried as i feel? ... I'm a 26yr old female
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replied May 4th, 2010
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I would say No...This is not how skin cancer develops...It is a mole or raised area that you have had for a while...It grows and changes colors...It takes a while for it develop...It does not happen overnight...However, watch that Sun...Cover yourself if you are blond and light skinned...My children were blonds that suffered from tanning years ago...However, there are other forms of skin cancer to be on the lookout for...Again we are talking about "it takes time"....People with young children as well as young adults should remember that what you are doing today you may pay for tomorrow...Take care...

Caroline
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replied May 10th, 2010
Brown Areas on Fingers of my Young Daughter
Wow! I had no idea that this problem was so prevalent, and that it isn''t common to know what is the cause of it. I''m a single mom of 2 kids, and one of them, who is 7, has brown areas over the top part of most of her fingers. My mom noticed it on her fingers about a week and a half ago, though I think I saw it a week before that and just thought it was dirt. But it doesn''t come off when she washes her hands or gets a bath. She is very fair skinned, and she loves playing outside and digging in the dirt with her hands. With all that I''m reading about how it might be the effect of sun exposure, I''m wondering if that is the cause of it with my daughter. I''ll have to start applying lots of sunscreen when she''s out playing I guess. And as soon as I can afford to take her to the Doctor I''m going to! Any additional ideas to this phenomenon is much appreciated!
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replied May 10th, 2010
I just posted about my daughter, and now I read an additional post I missed about how these brown areas on people's fingers and hands could be from limes/lemons/or mangos. That also could make sense for my daughter, as she has unusual tastes in foods and likes to eat lemons and limes by themselves. Occasionally we give her some to eat at home, plus, when we eat out at our favorite restaurant she will get lemon slices and eat them by themselves. She likes playing with the slices too. So that could explain why she has these dark areas all over her fingers... When I take her to the doctor I'll have to see if they agree with this theory. Will try to remember to update on here after her Dr. appointment is done...
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replied May 24th, 2010
IT'S FROM FRUIT!!!
For those of you who need a quick answer... it's from limes or mangoes or even oranges!!! I'm so relieved to realize this. I got my spots after driving in a car all day, and at one point, I was peeling oranges for my kids. That night, in the hotel, I realized I had all of these spots on my hands.

They will fade!
Yay!
Smile
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replied May 25th, 2010
hi ive also had these brown marks on my left hand and wrist. for about 2 weeks. looks like a burn mark or birthmark. could even be mistaken for a brown looking bruise. brown but increases in color to a reddish color with blood flow. Hmm what is it? I have a low immune system, low white cells I wonder if it has anything to do with my blood. had just gotten back from Bali so could it to be with the sun or something i picked up in Asia?
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replied May 31st, 2010
sun spots on thighs
I've just found these small brown/orange/red freckles as said here but they are on my upper thighs, I was in the sun all weekend and I hope that is the cause. My only issue is that there's A LOT of them, like 150 per leg, all sepereted. (yn)
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replied June 2nd, 2010
I have also had brown staining on my hands. The orangish brown discoloration is mainly in the creases of my palm on my left hand and the crease between my pinky and the ring finger on the same hand. It is also around the one of my nails on my right hand. I figured it was due to food or a chemical I touched in lab and that it would fade but it kept growing.

I couldn't find anything on hand discoloration, but I did on discoloration around nails, and decided it was a yeast infection. I treated it with an antifungal for 2 months. I found that after I applied the antifungal, I was able to wipe off the discoloration an hour later. Previously, even scrubbing my hands in hot water with a salt scrub did not remove the color.

However, the antifungal was not curing it, just controlling it, so I went to my derm. He was puzzled, and asked me multiple times if I ate a lot of carrots and tomatoes, touched chemical in the lab, and if I had yellow or orange sweat. The answer was no. He did not believe that the palm discoloration was fungal, but that the nail might be yeast. There are skin sloughing ingredients in antifungals that may have allowed me to remove the coloration. There is a type of bacteria that can cause discolored armpits. They live off the nutrients in our sweat. While I do not have discolored armpits, he thinks that the color on my palm might be caused by those bacteria. His diagnosis seemed to be confirmed by the brown patches fluorescing under his blue light. He sent me home with clindomycin and an antiperspirant for my hands and a different antifungal for the nail. Fingers crossed that it works. I have been so embarrassed about my "dirty" hands.
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replied June 7th, 2010
Brown Spots on Hands (overnight)
32 y/o female. I, too, have brown splotches (bruise/birthmark like) on the top of my left hand. Mostly on my knuckles and between my thumb and pointer. I have a smaller, lighter patch across my knuckles on my right hand. Not much sun, no alcohol, no smoking. I did just stop nursing (hormone changes) and have changed my diet to a higher protein, less carb. and "YES" more limes and lemons. I just woke up with them and it has been just over a week now... no real change. Interesting!!!
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replied June 7th, 2010
me too!
I was so relieved to find this messageboard. I never write on these things but woke up the other morning with the spots as described in the very same places on both hands! I hadn't even put two and two together until now, but about a week ago I mashed up lots of watermelon by hand while making watermelon margaritas, which I proceeded to serve by the pool in the sun for several hours of intense sun/heat. This being the cause never even occurred to me since it had been several days after that they appeared, but it must be the combo of fruit acid and sun.
Also, I realize now that while at the barbeque, I probably held a glass or bottle in my right hand (where there are more spots) for much of the day, which would explain the positioning of the spots.
Good to know they fade as I was quite concerned and doubted a doctor would know what they were.
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replied June 8th, 2010
I have the spots too!
I never post on boards like this, but I think it's just too crazy how many people have this, yet can't get a Dr. response!!

I was typing one night and suddenly noticed lots of red dots between my thumbs and forefingers (both hands), along with a few around my wedding rings. I thought it must be an allergic reaction to my kids' new sunscreen I used only hours before. My husband sprayed some on my ankle to test the theory and I went to bed. When I woke the next morning, my ankle was fine, but the spots on my hands had changed to brown and a few more had appeared.

It has been almost 2 weeks and they are still there. After reading the citrus fruits theories on here, I'm certain it has to be that, combined with heat. 75% of what I drink is fresh lemon water and I cook with limes several times a week. I think maybe I hadn't gotten this before because I started consuming all this fruit in winter. Now that I'm outdoors a lot, I think the combination has caused these spots.

I think I will now cut out the citrus and see if they fade. My spots are absolutely hideous. No pain or itching, but it looks like I am 75 with age spots or have a skin disease.

PLEASE if you post on here and you end up at a dermatologist office, post your diagnosis!
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replied June 13th, 2010
Brown spots out of no where
I also got a bunch of these brown spots all over my hands out of the blue. It was after a Memorial Day party when I squeezed a bunch of limes and then laid in the sun for a while the next day. They look like a massive amount of freckles. I hope they go away soon.
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