The pigmentation that occurs particularly in the folds of the skin such as the armpits, behind the knees and the groin, is known as Dowling-Degos disease. This rare genetic disease occurs in adults. There are a number of variants of this disease and in some cases pigmentation could be absent.
HOW IS DOWLING-DEGOS DISEASE DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis of the condition is usually carried out by a general physician or a dermatologist who will take sample skin tissue and put it through lab tests along with blood samples, so as to find the faulty carrier gene.
HOW IS DOWLING-DEGOS DISEASE TREATED?
There is no specific treatment for this disease. Individuals may find using topical steroids, azelaic acid, topical retinoids and other similar creams to be useful. There are also topical steroids available for handling the same. In some cases, EYE laser treatment is also available at the dermatologist.
DID YOU KNOW?
This disease could be inherited or can occur without a family history. It has been observed among the reported cases that females are more susceptible to this disease.