HomeAnswersDermatologymelanocytic neviWhat can cause a dark patch on the skin?

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

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Published At April 12, 2016
Reviewed AtJune 29, 2023

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

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

Patient's Query

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?

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.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Jyotisterna Mittal
Dr. Jyotisterna Mittal

Dermatology

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