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 have moles all over my body. Do I have melanoma?

Query: Hi doctor, I have attached a photo of the mole that I have. Is that a melanoma? Should I be concerned? Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Snehal Laul

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I had gone through the photograph (photographs were removed to protect the patient's identity). It is dysplastic nevi. I suggest, do a self-observation for change in shape, irregular margins or borders, and change in size or color. Avoid direct sunlight. Apply Ph...  Read Full »

Can my mole that looks different be a melanoma?

Query: Hi doctor, Recently I had a mole that just felt funny. I went to my dermatologist and asked her to take a look. Given my history, she was on the fence about it but decided to remove it. I am blue-eyed, very fair, and my mother and maternal grandfather had melanoma. She did a shave biopsy, and the ...  Read Full »

Dr. Vinay Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have evaluated your concerns, and you need to be applauded for your alertness. You have taken steps to manage the "funny" mole have been in the desired direction. You are correct that moles can be tricky to diagnose in the early stages. It so happens that they tend to...  Read Full »

How to confirm melanoma?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a mole on the right side of my face. It is uneven, weirdly colored, has no clear lines and bleed easily if scratched. I have a lot of moles in my scalp but none like this. Could it be melanoma? If it is not then can I just scratch it off? I wish to know your opinion.  Read Full »

Dr. Gaurang Gupta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your photos (attachment removed to protect patient identity). As per experience only two skin diseases looks like this. The first one is of course melanoma and the second is seborrheic keratosis. The main signs and symptoms of melanoma are ...  Read Full »

A mole on my leg show changes in color and shape. Is it a problem?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had this mole on my leg since I was a teenager, and I am 31 years old now. I remember it being lighter in color and more oval, whereas now it is more of a triangle with darker pigmentation and two shades of brown. I measured it, and it is about 4 mm in width. I have an olive ski...  Read Full »

Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen the picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Melanocytic nevus is basically tan, brown macules with increased melanocytic activity. One should always look for following changes for melanocytic nevus: Change in color and irregular su...  Read Full »

What kind of marginal excision is best for a superficial basal cell carcinoma?

Query: Hello, I have moles on my hand, and it bubbles when exposed to the sun. I did a biopsy, and the result came back as superficial basal cell carcinoma. I am a fair skin person with maximum sun exposure. Do I need surgery with wide margins, or will smaller margins be fine? Thanks.  Read Full »

Dr. Dilip Meena

Answer: Hello,Welcome to can understand your concern. The resection margin for BCC (basal cell carcinoma) depends on various factors, including type and size of BCC, histology, site, etc. Based on these factors, BCC is divided into low and high-risk carcinoma. Superficial BCC is a histological...  Read Full »

My left breast feels heavy, and I have a slight discoloration in the skin around the nipple area. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 40-year-old healthy woman. Every year I do an ultrasound on breasts, and one time did in the 37s mammogram. Everything is fine. I have a small breast. A few days before my periods, my left breast will feel heavy, and I also noticed a slight discoloration in the skin of my left b...  Read Full »

Dr. Zubayeralam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for the query. According to your statement, you have recently noticed a little discoloration near the nipple area of your left breast. I can understand your concern. The picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity) provided here is not clear e...  Read Full »

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 »

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