Melanocytic Nevi

Melanocytic nevi, otherwise called a mole, is a type of tumor that develops from the melanocytes. Moles can be raised, flat, or like a tag. They are usually black, brown, tan, or pink in color.

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Can melanocytic nevi be removed permanently?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 23-year-old female. My query is I have many flat dot moles around my face. It looks normal, but I do not like those moles. I want to remove them all. Also, it gets spreading all over my face. Please suggest any cream or ointment for my problem.  Read Full »

Dr. Dilip Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. But there are no attached photographs in your message. Kindly send a picture of the affected area to assess the condition and to suggest you the appropriate diagnosis and treatment. Take care.  Read Full »

Are birthmarks permanent?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 41 years old. Should I be concerned about this birthmark on my foot? I do not think it has changed, but I have not paid a lot of attention until now. Here are two images - one zoomed out and one taken using a clip-on skin scope lens attachment.  Read Full »

Dr. Snehal Laul

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern.   Read Full »

How to treat a dark brown spot on my foot?

Query: Hello doctor,I have a dark mark on the foot, originally dark brown (mole-colored) with red hints. Now it is faded with a reddish tinge. Though it is flat, I can feel a slight rise when I run the finger over it. And it is painless. The shape is two small circles linked together, a little like two che...  Read Full »

Dr. Shama Naaz

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Could you tell me the duration of the skin lesion? Also, I would like to get a picture of your lesion if that is possible. Color changes, as described by you, is not good. Do you notice any sudden growth or pain?  Read Full »

What does Cafe Au Lait spot look like?

Query: Hello doctor, We have identical twin girls who are six years old. Both have hyperpigmented spots, but one of them has more than the other and a bit larger. They are tan, a little indistinct, and several with ragged edges. We have been able to identify seven spots. It appears they have darkened as w...  Read Full »

Dr. Snehal Laul

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is a prototypical benign melanocytic nevus, which is acquired nevus due to excess sun exposure. It is a benign growth on the skin, usually tan, brown color that contains a cluster of melanocytes. It may disappear with advancing age. Avoid long term sun exposure....  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 weight 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 firs...  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You 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, b...  Read Full »

How can you get a mole removed?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a small, flat mole on my nose bridge. How can I remove it? Please recommend the best method with your professional advice.  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen your query and concern. With your descriptions, since mole is flat means you have a superficial melanocytic nevus. If you want to get it removed, then I would recommend you shave excision under local anesthesia by a dermatologist. This procedure has very goo...  Read Full »

I am worried after scratching my mole. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am worried about a mole. As it was itchy, I just scratched it. Now, it is sore and hard. I do not remember whether it has always been hard. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to With your descriptions and given picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it seems that you are having a mole over axilla. This site is more prone for frictions due to clothing and because of this your mole so called melanocytic nevus. They are considered...  Read Full »

Is sudden itchy mole a concerning issue?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 61-year-old male. I have a mole on the thigh and is slightly itchy. Please suggest.  Read Full »

Dr. Subhash Kashyap

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Moles or melanocytic nevus are genetic collections of melanocytes (the dark color producing cells). They go through a cycle of evolution with disappearance in the middle age. Increased number, size, and genetic history of cancer are the risk factors for the development ...  Read Full »

What can cause a dark patch on the skin?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a dark patch on my skin. It is not itchy, swollen or bumpy. It is just discolored skin. It is about the size of a quarter coin. It is evenly colored. It has been there since about four years and it may have become a little bigger. But, I am not sure. I wanted to know if I have anyt...  Read Full »

Dr. Jyotisterna Mittal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read your query in detail and viewed the attached pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and do understand your concern.  Read Full »

When is a mole biopsy sent for a second opinion?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a mole removed from my leg. The pathology laboratory has sent my sample to another laboratory for second opinion. Why would they do that?  Read Full »

Dr. Prakash H Muddegowda

Answer: Hi, Welcome to A mole can be turning into malignant tumor or it could be suspicious. When doubtful, second opinion is always taken. It could be a possibility of borderline issue. Especially, mole is removed when color is changing or increasing in size or itching or ulcerat...  Read Full »

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