seeing spots

by tinglyfeeling on July 18, 2009

Um, what are these?

liver spots?!

Maybe you can’t see them clearly, and I apologize for the wonky picture, but those little brownish spots? That look like freckles? Are not freckles. I don’t get freckles. Maybe moles, but not that many at once, suddenly appearing in one spot.

I noticed them last Saturday and the first thought that came to mind was, “Oh, no! Old lady spots! I really am turning into my mother!”

Or, you know, they’re also called “liver” spots, which makes me wonder if maybe my Avonex, which can damage your liver, is causing these spots. But then, I don’t know if they’re called “liver” spots because of their color, or because of their origin. Hmmm….

Let’s ask Wikipedia!

Liver spots (also known as “Solar lentigo” and “Lentigo senilis”[1]:686) are blemishes on the skin associated with aging and exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun. They are also known as age spots, sun spots, lentigos, or senile/solar lentigines. They range in color from light brown to red or black and are located in areas most often exposed to the sun, particularly the hands, face, shoulders, arms and forehead, and the head if bald. Liver spots are not related to the liver physiologically, but do have a similar color. It was once believed, incorrectly, that liver spots were due to liver problems.

Oh. Sweet! So it’s just sun damage. And possibly because I’m old/senile. Whoooooo summer!

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  • Carla

    I use SPF 30 for that reason evern though I have brown skin. I burn easially so its a must for me. Sounds like you're having a great summer!

  • tinglyfeeling

    I am having a great summer! I hope you are, as well. I know the heat can be a drag–for some reason it isn't *knock on wood* killing me as much this summer as it did last.

    I'm half Italian, so I've always taken it for granted that I just get tan in the summer time. I usually wear sunscreen if I'm going to be at the beach or whatever, but I guess I'm at that age where I need to REALLY protect my skin, and not just when I'm sitting out in the sun. Better late than never, I guess. :-)


  • Carla

    When it gets 80, its all over for me. Thankfully, I live near the coast so it doesn't happen very often.

  • Hua


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  • tinglyfeeling

    Thanks for reading, Hua! I'll check out Wellsphere soon!

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