What might a brown spot on the head signify?

What might a brown spot on the head signify?
Published on, 04 June, 2024. Answered by Dr. Aditya Favade and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
Patient Question

Hello Doctor,


Am I experiencing a brown spot on the side of my head? What could it signify?

Answered by Dr. Aditya Favade


Thank you for reaching out to Dr.Galen. Please find the below response to your query.


1. Sun Exposure: Prolonged exposure to the sun without protection can lead to sunspots or hyperpigmentation.


2. Moles: Brown spots could be harmless moles, but any changes in size, shape, or color should be examined by a dermatologist.


3. Skin Tags: Sometimes benign skin growths can appear as brown spots, especially in areas where skin rubs together.


4. Seborrheic Keratosis: These non-cancerous growths can range in color from tan to brown and often appear on the face, chest, or back.


5. Birthmarks: Some individuals may have birthmarks that manifest as brown spots on the skin.


6. Melanoma: While less common, a brown spot could potentially be a sign of melanoma, especially if it exhibits irregular borders or changes over time.



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