What could be the cause of brown, itchy spots on my arms and legs? (photo)

I am a 50 year old Chinese woman. Dry and itchy spots have been sprouting on my arms and legs since 10 years ago, and are still spreading. Previous doctors have only told me that I should moisturize my skin regularly (which I have been doing). 

What could be the cause of brown, itchy spots on my arms and legs? (photo) 5b0274a3cf3efa0054eaee36

There are many possible causes of brownish spots on the legs and arms. 

Some common causes include chronic eczema, lichen amyloidosis and venous stasis. If the rash is continuing to spread despite the use of moisturizers, it would be good for you to see your dermatologist for a closer and detailed examination and assessment to determine the exact diagnosis.

Sometimes, a skin biopsy may be require to confirm the diagnosis.  Your doctor can then advise you on the most suitable treatment for your diagnosis.


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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