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Is it normal for age spots to itch?

Skin, Hair & Nails

My Dad is 70 years old and he has age spots that is itchy. The itchiness has been bothering him for more than 6 months. Is that normal?

DOCTOR’S ANSWER (1)

It is actually very unusual for age spots to be itchy. Most age spots do not cause itch or pain.

There may be other causes for the itch including asteatotic eczema, which is eczema due to dry skin. This is common in the elderly.

Scabies, due to a mite infestation, hives and underlying medical problems can also cause itch in the elderly.

As the itch is bothering him for so long, I would suggest visiting a dermatologist/doctor to identify and treat the underlying course.


Dr Colin Theng
MBBS, MRCP, MMED (Fam. Med), FAMS

The Skin Specialists & Laser Clinic

Mount Alvernia Medical Centre D
820 Thomson Road #07-61
Singapore 574623


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