Striae

Below you will find more information about Striae from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Striae it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Striae and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Striae comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.

Definition

Striae are also commonly termed as stretch marks. These are stripe-like marks on the skin which resulted from rapid gain and loss of weight. It forms when the skin was stretched. In some cases it can also be a result of several skin diseases.

Diagnosis

Stretch marks are not considered a disease but it is also seriously taken into consideration as it has been linked to other diseases.

Treatment

Treatments for stretch marks include application of tretinoin cream, laser treatments, chemical peels. Skin biopsy and blood tests might be done to diagnose the marks accurately.

Symptoms and Signs

Symptoms for stretch marks usually manifests the belly and on the breasts especially during pregnancy. It also manifests on the thighs and lower back of teenage men. In teenage girls, it usually manifests on the breasts, the thighs, and the buttocks. Bodybuilders also have stretch marks on the shoulders. People who are taking corticosteroids or those that have other underlying diseases, the lesions may spread wider. Stretch marks are faint pink in color, usually linear or parallel and appears like band. These markings are slightly itchy and gradually becomes large and changes color from red to purple and finally white and depressed that appears like a crepe paper.

Causes

Stretch marks are caused by skin stretching during pregnancy or when the person becomes fat or thin too fast. It is also caused by taking oral or topical corticosteroids, adrenal gland disease, or caused by a rare genetic disorders.

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