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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Will using Salicylic acid on moles cause any systemic problem?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 30-year-old female. I have no medical issues and take no medications. I have had an issue with common and flat warts since I was in my early teens. I have had then frozen off, tried duct tape, ACV, homeopathic remedies basically everything. If common warts on my fingers did go ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sneha Mariam Varghese

Venereologist, Dermatologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern, but from the picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity) it just looks like just an eroded lesion and cannot really tell it is basic form because it is manipulated with the acid for seven days or more. However, if you go to the...  Read Full »

Please give your suggestion for my mole.

Query: Hi doctor,I have a mole that has grown a lot and has changed its shape and color. It has also developed a lot of different shaped blood vessels inside it. I have taken a few good images showing the mole close and the various blood vessels, which are running though it. I am now pretty worried after...  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Family Physician, General Practitioner, HIV AIDS Specialist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Yes, you need to consult a dermatologist as the features are suggestive of malignancy. The final diagnosis could only be made on histopathological examination, which is considered as a gold standard. Many times, benign lesion also has the appearance of malignancy. But, if...  Read Full »

I am worried after scratching my mole. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am worried about a mole. As it was itchy, I just scratched it. Now, it is sore and hard. I do not remember whether it has always been hard. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to With your descriptions and given picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it seems that you are having a mole over axilla. This site is more prone for frictions due to clothing and because of this your mole so called melanocytic nevus. They are considered...  Read Full »

The mole on nose is increasing in size. Should I be concerned?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a new mole on my nose 5 years back. I obviously never liked it. Initially, it was normal unnoticeably raised black mole. Over time I tried to remove it many times and I think each time I tried to remove it off using my nails it got more bigger. Now it is nearly 2.5 time wider an...  Read Full »

Dr. Sneha Mariam Varghese

Venereologist, Dermatologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 1. From your history, it looks like the mole you are having has gotten bigger in size by your self-manipulation and trigger. 2. You can meet a dermatologist where he or she will observe the mole under dermoscope, to see the microscopic details of it, to confirm a d...  Read Full »

Please suggest ways to determine if a mole is cancerous.

Query: Hi doctor, There is a mole like appearance on the back of my thigh. I am worried if it is a cancerous one. Please help me.  Read Full »

Dr. Jyotisterna Mittal

Dermatologist, Venereologist, HIV AIDS Specialist, Cosmetologist, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read your query and do understand your concern. Please send the photo for better management. Also, mention since when it is present? Please mention whether it has changed the shape or size. If yes, what is the change? Is there any symptom over this lesion? Revert ...  Read Full »

Why has one of my moles raised?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a couple of moles that have changed recently. Should I get them checked by my GP? The larger round mole is on my back of about 5 mm in diameter. Now, it is a little over 1 cm. Also, it has changed over a course of a few months. The other mole that I noticed recently, is raised, whi...  Read Full »

Dr. Gaurang Gupta

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Hair Transplant Surgeon, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Yes, raised mole is definitely suspicious. But, frankly speaking, by seeing just photos or even seeing live it is very difficult to say that it has cancerous property or not. The best thing is to get it checked and get the definite result. Excision biopsy is the best way...  Read Full »

Should I be worried about a mole with a large circular area?

Query: Hi doctor, Today I noticed two moles on my back with large dark circles around them. I have attached the photos of one affected area only. I have always had these moles, but have never seen these dark circles until today. I have had biopsies of moles from my back before and they were not cancerous. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Gaurang Gupta

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Hair Transplant Surgeon, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Definitely this mole with the large circular area is suspicious. There is a high chance that this mole could be cancerous. I would suggest you to get a biopsy done as this is a doubtful mole. Any acute change in size, texture, margins and color of a mole is an alarming ...  Read Full »

Why am I having a new mole on toe?

Query: Hello doctor, A new mole on a toe that I have not noticed before, I know about it probably for a week, it is blackish and not round, about 3 to 4 mm wide and sort of even in color. I am 21 years old male and as far as I know we have no cancer history in my family. I can provide photos too.  Read Full »

Dr. Subhash Kashyap


Answer: Hi, Welcome to I went through your case history and the photos provided by you (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I can see a dark irregular lesion of about 5 mm in size over the tip of the toe. As it is to 3 days history the first thing I want to rule out is an history...  Read Full »

Should I be alarmed about a few changes in my mole?

Query: Hi doctor,My relative, who is 55 years old, has a red color mole like thing in her forearm. She has been having this red color mole since so many years. Today only we noticed that there are small fresh red dots inside it. It looks new. What could it be? No other associated symptoms. We are worried i...  Read Full »

Dr. Gaurang Gupta

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Hair Transplant Surgeon, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If there is a change in color, size, margin and shape in a pre-existing mole, especially in this age, then it is always an alarming sign. As you said it is changing its texture and color, then yes definitely. We should suspect about melanoma. In your case it is v...  Read Full »

Is on and off growing mole a concerning issue in a small kid?

Query: Hello doctor, My 5-year-old son has a skin-colored mole on his back that occasionally appears and causes irritation. He has had the mole for the last one year. It appears every few months, usually when he is active (rolling around on the floor or wrestling). I notice that the mole looks inflamed a...  Read Full »

Dr. B. T. Priya


Answer: Hi, Welcome to Kindly send the pictures. It can be a boil or molluscum because a mole will not disappear.  Read Full »

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