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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Can a dark spot in a thigh be melanoma?

Query: Hello doctor, I found a very small dark spot on my thigh today. To the best of my recollection, I have never seen it before. Now, of course, I am thinking the worse and believe I have melanoma. I am olive-skinned. I have never had an issue with moles or dark spots before. My mom had a pre-cance...  Read Full »

Dr. Snehal Laul

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen the pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity). No, it is not melanoma. It is a normal nevus (benign). For your confirmation, you can go for an excisional biopsy of the lesion. Histopathology reports will confirm that the lesion is benign...  Read Full »

Why do I have dark lesions on my thigh?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had first larger and dark lesion that is bump behind my left knee, since I do not know when, but it certainly not since birth. I noticed it before two to three year and from that time the lesion is the same and has no pain. Now, there is this another small lesion have appeared on t...  Read Full »

Dr. Jyotisterna Mittal

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

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The darker one is the lesion of lichen sclerosus chronicus. For this, you may apply Tenovate GN cream (combination of Clobetasol Propionate and Neomycin sulfate) over it twice daily for two weeks. The skin colored lesion may be an acquired nevus. A skin biopsy is require...  Read Full »

How are moles under the nails treated?

Query: Hello doctor, I have moles under the nails of each of my big toes. They appeared over the last months, but I do not remember exactly when. The one on my left toe is a round dot in addition to a diagonal line next to it and that goes to the right edge of my nail, while the one on my right toe is just...  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

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

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Is there any pain? Any change in placement noticed as the nail grows? Revert back with answers to the above questions to a dermatologist online -->  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 i...  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 a...  Read Full »

Dr. Syed Tehmid

ENT Otolaryngologist

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 y...  Read Full »

Will a birth mark in small child cause any health risk in future?

Query: Hi doctor, This is about my 3.5-year-old son. Just after a couple of months of his birth, a light reddish spot appeared below his nose (please see pictures). Now it has grown as dark brownish, textured spot and appears to be growing with the body. Although it does not make any physical problem to ...  Read Full »

Dr. Divakara P

Diabetologist, Endocrinologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Pain Medicine Physician, Pulmonologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I looked into the pictures of your son (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and can understand your concern. It is a simple nevus (common mole). Regarding future health risk, most of the common mole does not cause any problem except they may grow in size....  Read Full »

How does a nevus look like?

Query: Hi doctor, When I go to sauna I do not have goggles on to protect my eyes. Then there is exposure to heat. I have attached my reports. I would like to know is it a nevus? Should I worry about it? I appreciate your answers. Thanks.  Read Full »

Dr. Anand

Eye Care Ophthalmologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I checked your pictures (attachments removed to protect patient identity). I am not sure whether it is a nevus. I am more inclined to say that it is not a nevus. Unless I examine you directly, I cannot be sure. You can send better pictures, so that I can help you better....  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 want to know about the gray patches on the white of my eye. Please explain.

Query: Hello doctor, I am 19 years old male, and I want to know why there are gray patches on white of my eye though it does not irritate so far. I am curious to read a lot of stuff some article goes as far as cancer-related to this, need professional guidance as I am getting anxious.  Read Full »

Dr. Asif Manzoor

Eye Care Ophthalmologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Gray patch on the sclera might be due to some congenital pigmentation, freckles, or nevus. Mostly they are harmless and nothing to worry about. Rarely they are related to cancer, but at your age, cancer is not common. You need to observe these patches if you feel any...  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

Eye Care Ophthalmologist

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 »

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