Moles are small and dark brown spots seen on the skin or mucosal surface. It is caused when melanin gets clustered in a place. It is a benign and harmless condition in most, but rarely they can become cancerous.

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I noticed a red lesion on the back of my head. What is the cause?

Query: Hello doctor, I noticed a lesion on the back of my head. It is flat, mostly red in color, and a bit darker red or brown on the edges. It does not itch, and I do not think that it is related to any allergies. What could this be?  Read Full »

Dr. Chaitra Prakash

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Since how long is it been there? Does it hurt when you comb your hair? Has it bled anytime? Revert with more information to a dermatologist online -->  Read Full »

Why did I get many new moles on my fingers within a year?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 29-years-old male. I am noticing new moles appearing mainly in my fingers for the past one year. They are raised, and I am unsure of what it is. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Snehal Laul

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I suggest you do a biopsy to rule out malignancy. Kindly avoid sun exposure and use Photostable sunscreen (Methoxycinnamate, Methylene Bis-Benzotriazolyl, Tetramethylbutylphenol, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol, Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Diethylamino ...  Read Full »

Should I be worried about an itchy mole turning dark?

Query: Hi doctor,I recently have a new situation on my right leg, just under the knee cap area. I am 35-year-old, and for my whole life, I thought I had a mole there. Still not sure if it is an actual mole or not. It is mostly flat, with a normal dark color similar to a mole and in size similar to an avera...  Read Full »

Dr. Dilip Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. I also appreciate the detailed history of progression and very nice photographic documentation (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). The condition is known as Meyerson nevus, other names are Meyerson phenomenon or halo derm...  Read Full »

What is spitz nevus, and how is it treated?

Query: Hi doctor, My 7-year-old child has a spitz nevus on the left thigh. I removed it last year, and it recurred a few months after removal. A purple spot was causing pain, I thought it was scar tissue, but after persistent pain and purple spot, it came back this month, after a year. So removal has bee...  Read Full »

Dr. Snehal Laul

Answer: Hello doctor, Welcome to Please tell me when it appeared, is it since birth? Is there any change in shape or size, or diameters noticed? Is there itchy surrounding skin, or is it oozy? Kindly attach a clinical picture to assess the lesion and arrive at a conclusion.  Read Full »

Is nevus spilus malignant?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a mark on my back for years, but today it has made me more nervous when I searched on the internet. The internet says it is Nevus spilus. I have had this patch on my back for years, but I have never been too worried before as I never searched on the internet. It used to be more, b...  Read Full »

Dr. Bharatesh Devendra Basti

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for the query. The photographs you have sent seem to be a congenital nevus (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). These usually are benign. There is nothing to worry about except for cosmetic purposes (if you consider it so). Please watch it...  Read Full »

Why do I have cracked nipple and a mole on my breast with difficulty in breathing?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 15 years old and I have some concerns about my body. My nipple is cracked and inverted in my breast. I do not whether it is normal or it is a sign of cancer. I noticed before some years and it was inverted. But I thought it was normal until I found it uncommon. I have a problem with...  Read Full »

Dr. Shama Naaz

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You have a cracked and inverted nipple. Please mention whether your family members have a history of breast cancer and do you have discharge from the lump in the breast. If it is not there, then you can have nipple eczema and you can apply a moisturizer twice daily. Som...  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 »

I used apple cider vinegar to remove a mole, but it left a pinkish scar. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, About 15 months ago, I used apple cider vinegar as a home remedy to remove a mole from the back of my calf. I applied the apple cider vinegar to the mole daily until it formed a scab, which later fell off leaving pink skin underneath. There is still a pinkish scar, which is very slowl...  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Although the pictures are not clear (attachment removed to protect patient identity), I can perceive it as the junctional nevus. Using vinegar cause irritant reaction and thus causing the destruction of melanocytes, but unfortunately this method is not precise and does n...  Read Full »

Do I need biopsy for talon noir?

Query: Hello doctor I had a foot excision on Friday and my test came back benign. But what concerns me is that almost three weeks before surgery, my dermatologist called my mole a wart and sprayed with nitrogen. So was shocked and could not believe she did not even suggest a biopsy or even use a dermosc...  Read Full »

Dr. Utkarsh Sharma

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Please send me the biopsy (histopathology report) of the excised tissue mentioning it benign. Who suggested your foot excision? It is not clear to me if the foot was excised (amputated) or just small tissue from the representative area was excised? Please make it cle...  Read Full »

How does a melanoma look like?

Query: Hello doctor, I have attached a picture. I would like to know what is this spot?  Read Full »

Dr. Sneha Mariam Varghese

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen the photo attached (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It looks like an insect bite reaction or bruise. How long have you been having it? Are there any other sites involved? Is there any pain or itch associated? Are you on any medication...  Read Full »

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