Nevus

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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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 »


Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare

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 »


Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare

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 »

New moles are appearing in my palms. Is it melanoma?

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 icliniq.com. 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 no...  Read Full »

I have had moles since birth; suddenly, a stain of less than 2 cm appeared on my left shoulder. What could it be?

Query: Hi doctor, A stain less than 2 cm in size appeared behind my left shoulder a few months ago. I have had moles since birth. Several have already been removed for prevention. A few years ago, I was also diagnosed with urticarial mastocytosis.  Read Full »


Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. According to the history provided, it could be nevus. Nevus is a mole that appears on any part of the body and can be brown to black, flat-topped, or raised, with or without hair growing out of the mole. It is asymptomatic and harmless and...  Read Full »

I have congenital macular nevus spilus. Should I be concerned about it?

Query: Hello doctor, I have congenital macular nevus spilus. 1. Should I be concerned about it? 2. Which one has a higher risk, macular congenital nevus spilus or a papular congenital nevus spilus? 3. Is it dangerous to shave macular congenital nevus spilus? I read it can become cancerous by shaving it. I ...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concern. Congenital nevus spilus is also called speckled lentigines nevus (SLN). Regular monitoring of nevus spilus is essential, and the risk depends on the family history of melanoma. To estimate your condition's risk, you mus...  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 icliniq.com. 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 »

Without itching, I have a circular, flat, dark-brown mole on my scalp. Is it normal?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a mole on my scalp. Any idea what it is? It is dark brown (does not have other colors), is the size of a pencil eraser, and does not irritate me, itch, or anything like that. I take a vitamin D supplement daily. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. The history and image (the attachments are removed to protect the patient's identity) appear as a scalp nevus. Scalp nevus is a mole on the scalp that may be brown to black, flat-topped or raised with or without hair growing out of the mole, ...  Read Full »

Why is my mole proliferating even after excision?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a question about a mole. I had a mole biopsied a few weeks back, and the pathology report came back, as the pathologic process is that of the proliferation of nevomelanocytes within the epidermis and focally within the dermis. Cytologic atypia is present and manifests as large nucl...  Read Full »


Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Melanocytic nevi have an aberrant course and continue to show junctional activity. These areas can have cytological atypia, and a disorderly growth pattern of malignant melanoma develops in situ. Downward spread in the dermis results in invasive melanoma. Also, junc...  Read Full »

The shape of my freckle worries me. Please have a look at it.

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 icliniq.com. 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 »

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 icliniq.com.Please 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 »

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