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Dermoscopy, otherwise called dermatoscopy or epiluminoscopy, is the examination of the skin surface using a skin surface microscopy. It is used to examine skin lesions without interference from skin shadows.

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Kindly see the picture and confirm whether it is nodular melanoma.

Query: Hello doctor, Before three months, my husband noticed a pink spot on my hip. I thought it was just a bug bite and I put some cortisone cream on it. It has been three months, and for a while, I forgot about it. Now, I do not think that it has grown much. It would be hard to say as I kept trying to ri...  Read Full »

Dr. Rashmi Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is impossible to diagnose from a picture whether or not it is a nodular melanoma (attachment removed to protect patient identity). On the site, it is extremely uncommon on unexposed parts as well as in your age group. Also, nodular melanoma grows very rapidly. It co...  Read Full »

What is the raised pink mole on my daughter's scalp?

Query: Hi doctor,My daughter, who is 20 years old, has a raised pink mole on her scalp. It has been there for several years. The one in question now has a purplish line running through it. My thought is that it is a visible blood vessel. Is it a change that requires seeing our dermatologist? Her dad passed...  Read Full »

Dr. Thakare Sampada Avinash

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It can be nevus sebaceous. One of the differential diagnosis can also be viral warts. Nevus sebaceous can appear in the prepubertal age, which looks likesolitary, yellow-orange smooth, velvety plaques on the scalp. In postpubertal age, they look thickened, larger, waxy ...  Read Full »

How to cure the abnormal scales on my face?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a skin problem on my face. The skin has abnormal scales on the area to the side of my upper lip. When I remove the skin, the area is reddened. It has happened ever since I was on Doxycycline for a prostate infection. I stopped it four months ago. I am also on Daonil for diabetes...  Read Full »

Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abdelrahman Abouibrahim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through the attachments (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It is most likely psoriasis which is an autoimmune condition which affects the skin causing white silver scales. This could be drug-induced, genetic, or an idiopathic infection. Rem...  Read Full »

What is the non healing patch in my penis?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 35 year old unmarried male. I have a patch on the inner part of the skin that covers the penis. I consulted a doctor. He asked me to take Cefix 200 twice daily, Atazis 1/2 morning and 1 in the evening for five days and MF Sudif ointment. He then asked me to continue these for tw...  Read Full »

Dr. Thakare Sampada Avinash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to From the image, it appears to be psoriasis (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You will need a physical examination as well as skin biopsy and dermoscopy for a confirmation. Please visit a dermatologist for the same. Please provide me the following ...  Read Full »

Why do I have a mole with hair growing out of it?

Query: Hi doctor,About a month ago I vigorously scratched off a mole that was on my back. While lifting weights and lying on my back, it got irritated. I have had the mole for at least seven years. It has always been relatively big and light brown shade. However, when I picked it off it went away at first,...  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hi,Welcome to should not have scratched it, because the chances of malignancy increase in otherwise benign mole. Presently what I can see is the erosion (attachment removed to protect patient identity) so at this stage even dermoscopy would not be able to find out malignancy. So, bes...  Read Full »

I had my genital warts removed a few months back and I am unsure whether the remnants are a scar or a recurrence. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I had my genital warts removed a few months back. I have attached the photographs that were taken on the same day. It might look slightly different due to the lighting. Please let me know whether this is a scar or a recurrence. Different doctors have different opinions about this and I...  Read Full »

Dr. Shama Naaz

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I am here to help you get the best medical advice. According to the pictures (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity) sent by you, my opinions are as follows: Some lesions look bumpy and could resemble warts (that may have been missed during rem...  Read Full »

Is my nevus a melanoma?

Query: Hi doctor, I have some questions regarding what the dermatologist told me yesterday, when I was visited with dermoscopy to check my nevi. I asked the dermatologist to focus on an atypical blue nevus (on my right arm) which has increased in size during the last nine years. He told me that the nevus ...  Read Full »

Dr. Rabia Anjum

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Dermoscope is of different types. Some are more good than others. Using this instrument requires a lot of practice and experience. Sometimes the person performing it cannot appreciate all the features of a particular disease. In your case, the conversion of blue nevu...  Read Full »

I scratched a mole with my nails. Do I need to be worried?

Query: Hi doctor, I scratched a mole with my nail. It is a tiny scratch, and I do not even know if it is a mole. It appeared a few years ago. Now, I am worried. I have also attached the photo of it. Can you please advise me if it is dangerous?  Read Full »

Dr. Gaurang Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You should not have scratched the moleas scratching increase the chance of malignancy in otherwisebenign mole. Presently, what I can see is the erosion (attachment removed to protect patient identity), so at this stage, even dermoscopy would not be able to find out m...  Read Full »

Please give your opinion on the moles on my back.

Query: Hi doctor, I have some moles on my back and that in my opinion look suspicious. What do you think? Please clarify.  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Please send the photographs to get a better opinion. Thank you.   Read Full »

Please suggest ways to determine if a mole is cancerous.

Query: Hi doctor, There is a mole like appearance on the back of my thigh. I am worried if it is a cancerous one. Please help me.  Read Full »

Dr. Jyotisterna Mittal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read your query and do understand your concern. Please send the photo for better management. Also, mention since when it is present? Please mention whether it has changed the shape or size. If yes, what is the change? Is there any symptom over this lesion? ...  Read Full »

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