Skin Biopsy

Skin biopsy is a procedure where your doctor removes a small piece of your skin to run some tests on it. It is used to diagnose skin cancer, skin infection, and other skin problems. The types of skin biopsy include shave biopsy, punch biopsy, excisional biopsy, and incisional biopsy.

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What is the raised pink mole on my daughter's scalp?

Query: Hi doctor,My daughter, who is 20 years old, has a raised pink mole on her scalp. It has been there for several years. The one in question now has a purplish line running through it. My thought is that it is a visible blood vessel. Is it a change that requires seeing our dermatologist? Her dad passed...  Read Full »


Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It can be nevus sebaceous. One of the differential diagnosis can also be viral warts. Nevus sebaceous can appear in the prepubertal age, which looks likesolitary, yellow-orange smooth, velvety plaques on the scalp. In postpubertal age, they look thickened, larger, waxy ...  Read Full »

Kindly suggest an effective solution for granuloma annulare.

Query: Hi doctor, I consulted a doctor, and he told me I am suffering from dermatographic urticaria. A biopsy was performed on my hand then I learned that my chronic hand rash is granuloma annulare (GA). I have severe itching at the site where GA shows up. I have been suffering for many years with it. It w...  Read Full »


Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I had gone through the photographs (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). Well, granuloma annulare is a self-limiting and symptomless condition. Your biopsy has suggested it to be a case of granuloma annulare. Intense itching along with purplish plaqu...  Read Full »

Why am I getting wandering rashes all over my body for more than ten years?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a skin rash on my legs or arms all the time. There is only one rash at a time and at different places every time. What could this be? I have had this issue for at least 10 years and maybe more.  Read Full »


Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the image (attachment removed to protect patient identity). But, please let me know the following: Is this rash associated with itching? Have you consulted a dermatologist in the past? What topical medications have you used for this? The clinical photograph...  Read Full »

I got a shave biopsy for melanoma in situ. Did the cancer cells get into my bloodstream?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a question about the biopsy that I had done. It was a shave biopsy, and it came back as melanoma in situ. I got a wide excision done, and it looks like there is still some of this mole left that was missed by the shave. If there was still melanoma cells in this left over part of...  Read Full »


Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your query and concern. Melanoma is a malignancy of pigment-producing cells (melanocytes), located predominantly in the skin. The careful examination of lymph nodes can be determined by the staging of melanoma and the metastasis, that is, spread to oth...  Read Full »

What causes freckles?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had two freckles of size one inch for several years. It did not cause any concern. But with the current heatwave, I am extra cautious with them. I have previously been to a doctor several years ago who had told me they were fine. I am not on any medications. Kindly help.  Read Full »


Dr. Dilip Kumar Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Thanks for sharing the pictures (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity). I do not think they are freckles. I have few differentials, and the most probable one is papular sarcoidosis. It is an inflammatory skin condit...  Read Full »

How to get rid of red and white hard lumps on my scalp?

Query: Hello doctor,I have these red and white hard lumps on my scalp. Some are not lumpy but, are just marks. Can you tell me what they are and how to get rid of them? I have dandruff as well.  Read Full »


Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It can be pityriasis sicca. The diagnosis can be confirmed with a trichoscopy and skin biopsy. Consider the application of Onabet B lotion (Beclomethasone and Sertaconazole) at bed time over the scalp for 14 days. Use a shampoo that contains 2 % Ketoconazole to wash th...  Read Full »

How to confirm melanoma?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a mole on the right side of my face. It is uneven, weirdly colored, has no clear lines and bleed easily if scratched. I have a lot of moles in my scalp but none like this. Could it be melanoma? If it is not then can I just scratch it off? I wish to know your opinion.  Read Full »


Dr. Gaurang Gupta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your photos (attachment removed to protect patient identity). As per experience only two skin diseases looks like this. The first one is of course melanoma and the second is seborrheic keratosis. The main signs and symptoms of melanoma are ...  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 »


Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare

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 »

What causes clusters of bumps in the pubic region?

Query: Hello doctor, I am having these hard clusters of bumps show up in the pubic region. The bumps are not razor burn. They are not filled with fluid. They can be cut off, but I want to get to the source to remove them. They do not itch, nor do they hurt. Any help would be appreciated.  Read Full »


Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It could be molluscum contagiosum or folliculitis. A skin biopsy would help to diagnose. Do you have a history of unprotected sexual exposure? Do not touch or prick it. It can lead to a secondary infection. Revert with more information to a dermatologist online --...  Read Full »

What is the lesion present in my left leg for the past 15 years?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a lesion on my left leg from the past 15 years. I have never shown it to a doctor. I am attaching a picture of the lesion. Can you please tell me what this might be? Thank you.  Read Full »


Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Is the lesion painful? Is it increasing in size? This appears more like a benign appendageal tumor. I can narrow the diagnosis with the help of further information. Revert with more information co...  Read Full »

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