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Sarita Nori, MD

Sarita Nori, MD (Dermatology)

Dr. Sarita Nori was drawn to dermatology because of the intersection of science and medicine that is at the heart of dermatology. She feels this is what really allows her to help her patients. “There is a lot of problem-solving in dermatology and I like that,” she explains. “It’s also a profession where you can help people quickly and really make a difference in their lives.” | Some of the typical skin problems that Dr. Nori treats include skin cancers, psoriasis, acne, eczema, rashes, and contact dermatitis. Dr Nori believes in using all possible avenues of treatment, such as biologics, especially in patients with chronic diseases such as eczema and psoriasis. “These medications can work superbly, and they are really life-changing for many patients.” | Dr. Nori feels it’s important for patients to have a good understanding of the disease or condition that is affecting them. “I like to educate my patients on their problem and have them really understand it so they can take the best course of action. Patients always do better when they understand their skin condition, and how to treat it.”

Yukiko Ueda, MD

Yukiko Ueda, MD (Dermatology)

Dr. Ueda graduated from the Niigata University School of Medicine and trained at the University of Tokyo Medical School. She is currently a clinical assistant professor at the Department of Dermatology, Jichi Medical University, and holds several posts in the dermatology departments at Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Komagome Hospital, University of Tokyo, and the Medical Center of Japan Red Cross Society.

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Content updated on Jan 19, 2024

What is friction melanosis?

This condition occurs when repeated rubbing of the skin with towels causes discoloration over the clavicle and spine.

Symptoms of friction melanosis

  • Dark spots on skin

  • Skin abnormality

Questions your doctor may ask to check for friction melanosis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose friction melanosis

  • Do you have darkened skin?

  • Do you have any skin problems?

Treatment for friction melanosis

To prevent this, avoid rubbing the skin with rough or sharp materials. The discoloration may not completely disappear.

View the symptoms of Friction Melanosis

  • Dark spots on skin

  • Abnormal skin

References

  • Yoon JH, Jang YJ, Cho EB, Park EJ, Kim KH, Kim KJ. A Rare Case of Transient Friction Melanosis of the Finger: A Case Report. Ann Dermatol. 2021 Dec;33(6):568-571. doi: 10.5021/ad.2021.33.6.568. Epub 2021 Nov 4. PMID: 34858009; PMCID: PMC8577913.

    https://anndermatol.org/DOIx.php?id=10.5021/ad.2021.33.6.568

  • Al-Aboosi M, Abalkhail A, Kasim O, Al-Khatib A, Qarqaz F, Todd D, Al-Khidour M, Obeidate F. Friction melanosis: a clinical, histologic, and ultrastructural study in Jordanian patients. Int J Dermatol. 2004 Apr;43(4):261-4. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-4632.2004.01606.x. PMID: 15090007.

    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15090007/#:~:text=Background%3A%20Friction%20melanosis%20(FM),clavicular%20zone%20and%20upper%20back.

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Reviewed By:

Sarita Nori, MD

Sarita Nori, MD (Dermatology)

Dr. Sarita Nori was drawn to dermatology because of the intersection of science and medicine that is at the heart of dermatology. She feels this is what really allows her to help her patients. “There is a lot of problem-solving in dermatology and I like that,” she explains. “It’s also a profession where you can help people quickly and really make a difference in their lives.” | Some of the typical skin problems that Dr. Nori treats include skin cancers, psoriasis, acne, eczema, rashes, and contact dermatitis. Dr Nori believes in using all possible avenues of treatment, such as biologics, especially in patients with chronic diseases such as eczema and psoriasis. “These medications can work superbly, and they are really life-changing for many patients.” | Dr. Nori feels it’s important for patients to have a good understanding of the disease or condition that is affecting them. “I like to educate my patients on their problem and have them really understand it so they can take the best course of action. Patients always do better when they understand their skin condition, and how to treat it.”

Yukiko Ueda, MD

Yukiko Ueda, MD (Dermatology)

Dr. Ueda graduated from the Niigata University School of Medicine and trained at the University of Tokyo Medical School. She is currently a clinical assistant professor at the Department of Dermatology, Jichi Medical University, and holds several posts in the dermatology departments at Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Komagome Hospital, University of Tokyo, and the Medical Center of Japan Red Cross Society.

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