Posted by: Akemi | 2008/11/18

Strange brownish stains feet and hands

My mother and I have both woken up with strange reddish-brown stains on our hands and feet on two separate occasions now. Mine was under my left foot and looked like I' d stepped in some liquid. Her foot stain was the same, just darked. Also only one foot. We also had some smalled stains on our palms. Nothin exept vigorous scrubbing with a pumice stone would remove it. This morning, it happened again. The stains were under the nails on both my hands - three nails on the left, two nails on the right. Nothing, not cutex remover or hydrogen peroxide would remove them! My mom' s were on her hands. We haven' t touched anything strange - plants etc, we haven' t stepped in or touched anything weird outside or inside the house, there' s nothing in our beds, the stains are odourless and tasteless. We' re not using new toiletries or eating anything out of the ordinary. Please help, we don' t know what this is, and my nails especially look terrible!

Akemi, Durbanville

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Dear Akemi
This may be bleeding under the skin, and can be caused by high doses of aspirin or liver problems - it is difficult to guess without seeing the spots, maybe showing this to a General practitioner will shed more light on the cause?
Dr Bets

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