Moles, otherwise called nevi, are small brown or black spots on the skin surface formed due to the cluster of melanin pigments. They can be brown, black, beige, blue, or pink, and can vary in texture. A change in the mole color is one of the signs of melanoma.
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I have been experiencing moles for two years, so I have attached a few images of the same. Does my mole look suspicious?
Query: Hi doctor,Is the mole in these images suspicious? One photo was of the same mole two years ago, and the other picture is of today. Thanks. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Thank you for the query. I have reviewed your reports (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). It is good that you are observing the mole. The mole size is almost the same, and there is no change in color, asymmetry, or border ... Read Full »
The mole on my arm has two different brown shades. Give me your opinion please.
Query: Hi doctor,I have got a mole on my arm that measures 5 mm and is flat. I have always had this mole. I have not noticed it changing and it has not bled or itched. I am a bit concerned though that it has two different brown shades in it and would like your opinion on it, please. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your case (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Yes, I have seen few important things. It is irregular in shape (do not know whether it is in this shape from the beginning), which is not a good sign in my opinion. Secondly, there is a... Read Full »
One mole of mine has gotten darker. Should I be concerned?
Query: Hello doctor, This mole of mine has gotten darker. Can I send a photo and can you please tell me if I should be concerned? Read Full »
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Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand all your concerns. Please send some clear photos of the mole and measure the size of the mole. For more information consult an internal medicine physician online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/internal-medicine-physician Read Full »
I have a mole on my belly which I worry could be a melanoma. Does it appear so?
Query: Hi doctor, I am a 33-year-old male. I have a mole on my belly that is darker than the others (almost black in the middle), and I wonder if it is still just a regular (or atypical) mole and nothing to worry about or if it could be something worse (melanoma). I am attaching three images in different ... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have reviewed the clinical photographs attached to the query (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It is a melanocytic nevus which is basically tan brown macules with increased melanocytic activity. One should always look for the following changes in a me... Read Full »
What is the treatment for two perfectly symmetrical colored moles on the neck?
Query: Hello doctor,I am a teenager. Six months ago, I noticed that I had two colored moles on my neck. I immediately went to a dermatologist. She checked all my moles, and she told me that the two colored moles were perfectly symmetrical. So, she did not offer to remove it. I have learned from the interne... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. One should always look for the following changes for melanocytic nevus: Change in color and irregular surface. Increase in the size of the lesion. Irregular margins. Inflammation. Bleeding, crusting, and oozing. There are many types of melanocytic nevus. It is basic... Read Full »
Query: Hi doctor,I have a question regarding a mole. I just had my hair cut and noticed a mole on the back of my neck near my scalp. I might have had it for a while and did not know about it. Most of my moles are brown and auburn. But, this one is pink. I am wondering whether this is normal. My concern is ... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. From the picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it does not look cancerous. Yes, it has a skin tag-type appearance. But, I can give you a confirmatory answer that it is not melanoma because only skin biopsy is the tool that can give you a defi... Read Full »
What is the treatment for the tiny moles reddened by accidental poking while gardening?
Query: Hi doctor, Can you please take a look at this tiny mole? I am not sure for how long it has been there, but I do not particularly remember seeing it or standing out. I saw it a few weeks ago (for no particular reason, just putting on my socks), and it seemed a bit more red, and I thought I would have... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. It is normal if you have a confirmed history of any trauma during gardening, but if you are unsure, kindly get a dermoscopic examination done for confirmation of diagnosis. From the image attached (attachment removed to protect the patient's ide... Read Full »
Will scratching a mole affect the biopsy report?
Query: Hi doctor, Six weeks ago, I noticed a mole on my back. There was no itching or redness. But, I scratched it and went to the Urgent Care Clinic. The doctor said it looked like an irritated nevus. Then, during a shower it came off completely and left a flat area. Within a few weeks, it reappeared. Now... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your query and concern. With your descriptions it seems that you have melanocytic nevus. Scratching or healing would not affect the outcome of the biopsy. In a biopsy for making a diagnosis of BCC (basal cell carcinoma) we need to see basaloid cell... 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 »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 »
Are moles with color variation and discharge indicative of melanoma?
Query: Hi doctor, I have a query regarding a spot I have on my back. I took some pictures with a digital microscope. I need to know whether it is a mole or it is a melanoma. My actual weight is 91 kg. Images were taken with a USB common microscope with a PC. The size measures around 0.5 mm, half a mill... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for sharing the pictures (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). I want to ask a few things before giving my opinion. 1) What is the duration? 2) Any recent change in color, texture, or any ulceration? 3) It seems there is some ooz... Read Full »