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Q. Do I need immediate attention for the dark patch on my skin?

Answered by
Dr. Jyotisterna Mittal
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Apr 12, 2016 and last reviewed on: Jan 25, 2020

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 anything drastic or needs immediate attention since I may not have access to a doctor until next month.

Dr. Jyotisterna Mittal

Cosmetology Dermatology HIV/AIDS Specialist Venereology
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Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

I have read your query in detail and viewed the attached pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and do understand your concern.


Probable diagnosis:

It is an acquired Melanocytic Nevus.

Treatment plan:

They are considered benign melanomas and nothing actively needs to be done for them.

Preventive measures:

If the mole shows sudden increase in size, differential pigmentation, bleeding, irregular borders, etc., then you may go for skin biopsy.

Regarding follow up:

For further doubts consult a dermatologist online ---> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/dermatologist


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Hi doctor,

Thank you for the quick response. I feel a lot comfortable knowing that it is not something too drastic. Do you suggest me to go for some treatment for it? Or shall I just observe it?

Dr. Jyotisterna Mittal

Cosmetology Dermatology HIV/AIDS Specialist Venereology
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Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

  • No treatment is needed. Just keep an eye for the rare danger signs that I have already mentioned.
  • If you want to get it removed for purely cosmetic reasons, then you may go for laser treatment.

For further information consult a dermatologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/dermatologist


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