Common "Nevus" queries answered by top doctors | iCliniq


Nevus, otherwise called a mole, is a common and harmless skin spot formed due to the collection of pigmented skin cells. They can be black, brown, tan, or pink in color. Some of the common types of nevi are congenital nevus, common nevus, blue nevus, halo nevus, Spitz nevus, and Reed nevus. If the color, shape, or size of the nevus changes suddenly, consult a doctor.

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Why does the shape of my freckle change? Should I worry?

Query: Hi doctor, I would like you to look at a freckle (I do not know if it is a mole) that is on my upper thigh. I have had this for many years and it is completely flat. I have not noticed any changes and I have no other symptoms. It was just the shape that I was a bit concerned about. It measures 5 mm ...  Read Full »

Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your images (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The lesion appears more like a nevus (mole). It appears totally benign. I do not find any atypical features in it as of now. With regards to the shape, moles can have different appeara...  Read Full »

Is it possible for a pimple on a nose to be skin cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a zit or pimple on my nose. I had it for a few years. I was never worried about it. It does not look too extreme or anything. But someone mentioned about skin cancer sometimes starting as small red bumps that do not go away. I am not sure if it is possible to have a pimple for ...  Read Full »

Dr. Saira Mohsin

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Please upload the pictures of affected areas for an exact diagnosis.  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. P

Answer: Hi,Welcome to answer a few questions-1. Since how long is it been there? 2. Does it hurt when you comb your hair? 3. Has it bled anytime?Thank you.  Read Full »

I have a nevus on my lacrimal caruncle for almost 10 years. Could it be melanoma?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a nevus on my lacrimal caruncle which has been there for almost 10 years. Recently I have noticed a slight change in it. Could it be melanoma?  Read Full »

Dr. Souhad Abdulhalim Lawand

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern, but I would not advise you to jump into any hasty conclusions. First of all, birthmarks, moles are very common even with the localization that you mentioned. However, to advise you better, it is preferable to compare this lesion on photos t...  Read Full »

What could be the chance of a mole with no pain or itch turn malignant?

Query: Hi doctor, My son is 6 years old. He has one black mole on the left hand measuring about 5 mm in diameter with some elevated surface. It is from the last about one year and looking growing but can not sure about the growth. He has no complaint of itching and pain but when asked yesterday about this...  Read Full »

Dr. Subhash Kashyap

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen the pictures. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). This is a mole in medical terms it is called melanocytic nevus. Majority of them are benign and go through growth cycle of inapparent to getting dark and with age slowly losing the color. But in...  Read Full »

I have fatigue and lightheadedness with enlarged lymph nodes below the jaw. What can cause this?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been looking for the cause of my constitutional symptoms including lightheadedness and fatigue. I have enlarged lymph nodes, with the biggest being behind my jaw just under my ear on the left side. I used a camera to look inside of my ear, and I found a concerning discolored are...  Read Full »

Dr. Syed Peerzada Tehmid Ul Haque

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The area of discoloration does seem to be something like a nevus. Though uncommon nevus can occur in the external auditory canal. Otherwise, your external auditory canal and TM (tympanic membrane) are normal and are not a source of fatigue and lightheadedness. Did you ...  Read Full »

Can nevus spillus tend to turn cancerous?

Query: Hello doctor, I have speckled lentiginous nevi, also known as nevus spilus. I have had it since I was a baby. I do not know if it is congenital. Ever since I read online that they can transform dangerous, I do not feel comfortable in my own skin. I know the nevus spilus is alright right now. Its bor...  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen your query and examined your picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). From your descriptions and given image, it does seem you have nevus spilus. There is nothing to worry about. The nevus spilus is present in 3 % of fair-skinned people. ...  Read Full »

Can epidermal nevus undergo genetic mutation?

Query: Hello doctor, You were wonderful in allaying some health anxiety over some skin issues several months ago. So, I thought I would consult with you on another question pertaining to my son. Unfortunately, a combination of my health anxiety and the big mistake of searching online has my mind imagining ...  Read Full »

Dr. Jyotisterna Mittal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to A solitary epidermal nevus is very common and does not pose any kind of serious health concern. Neither is a biopsy required. You are right. Any associated symptom should have been present since birth or early childhood in this case. Even if it is passed on to the f...  Read Full »

Why am I having new moles appearing in my palms?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 24-year-old male. For the last six years, new black moles have been appearing in my palms. It is not creating issues like itching, pain, etc. I just want to know whether it is a symptom of melanoma. Please answer.  Read Full »

Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have noted your concern and I have viewed the images (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). These are benign acquired melanocytic nevi (AMN). They are not a sign of melanoma. AMN may increase in number during the first three decades, which is a nor...  Read Full »

I have a lesion that changes color frequently. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, I have attached a photo for your reference. Is this sign dangerous? It started almost 20 years ago to become dark and it became to be lighter around 5 years ago. Two days ago, again I have noticed this transformation with a white surface and that is healing now. It is around 4 mm. Please ...  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hi, Welcome back to Is there any complaint in it? How many such lesions are there?   Read Full »

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