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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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 »

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 mole as scratching increase the chance of malignancy 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...  Read Full »

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 »

Is it normal to get new moles on your hands?

Query: Hello doctor, I have seen a change in the moles. One mole near my hand was always there, which has grown a bit. There is a new mole at the back of my thigh, which is big. I have attached the photos. Is there anything to worry about?  Read Full »

Dr. Zubayeralam

General Practitioner

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for the query. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from two moles- one is on the hand and another on the thigh's back. According to the pictures (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity) that are pr...  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 »

My friend has a few skin lesions for a couple of years. Can that be removed?

Query: Hello doctor,My friend got some skin lesions for a couple of years. She does marathons, swimming, and is in the sun a lot. We need some advice regarding skin lesion. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Snehal Laul


Answer: Hello, Welcome to Use photostable sunscreen daily at 9 AM, 12 PM,3 PM, and 30 minutes before going outdoors in the sun. Biopsy of the lesion should be done to rule out melanoma/malignancy. Do you have a family history of melanoma? Is there a change in size, shape, and color notice...  Read Full »

Is a mole that is elevated and flaky be a concern?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 52-year-old male 6.1 feet tall and weighs about 76 kg. I am in very good health. Since my childhood, I have always had moles on my body. My body color is normal, and my eyes and hair are brown. I have this mole on the top of my back that has been there for years, but I now noti...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepti Shukla


Answer: Hello, Welcome back to Do not worry; I will help you with your concern. I went through your photos (attachment removed to protect patient identity); yes, this mole does look irritated. See moles become a matter of concern when They suddenly start to increase in size. It starts ...  Read Full »

What happens if you squeeze a mole?

Query: Hi doctor, I have health anxiety and have recently become quite obsessive over my moles. A week or so ago, I became focused on a 2 mm mole on my knee. I have always had it as far as I am aware. I noticed a slightly raised bump towards the top with some small hairs coming out of it and was unsure if...  Read Full »

Dr. Shanza Ikram


Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through the images (attachment removed to protect patient identity). First, you need to understand that for any mole which turns into melanoma require spontaneous changes. It means that any change in color, size, shape, or symmetry of lesions should be spont...  Read Full »

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