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Are nevus spilus’ dangerous?

Are nevus spilus’ dangerous?

No: Nevus spilus is a type of spotted mole with underlying light brown patch in the background. These are often present at birth, and may slowly enlarge as we grow, but almost never transform into skin cancer. ...Read more

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Dr. Coyle Connolly
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Moles (Definition)

A mole (also called a nevus) is a localized overgrowth of pigment-producing cells (melanocytes) in the skin. Most moles are benign. However, these cells can become cancerous. This is known as melanoma, ...Read more


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Docs, could a nevus spilus disqualify me from joining the military?

Docs, could a nevus spilus disqualify me from joining the military?

Not usually: This should not disqualify you. However do not ignore. Please continue regular follow up and examination. Consider biopsy for any changes. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a small nevus spilus to turn cancerous? My grandpa had one and nothing ever happened

What are the chances of a small nevus spilus to turn cancerous? My grandpa had one and nothing ever happened

Unknown: Because need to see it. It's definitely need observation by specialist: dermatologists or your primary doctor once or twice a year. Environmental changes with increased exposure to sunlight is make a lot of difference since your grandfather days. ...Read more

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How can you permanently get rid of nevus spilus?

How can you permanently get rid of nevus spilus?

Yes: You can excise the area to remove it permanently. If the Nevis is large that would leave a longer scar. You may have to have serial excision (removing portions at a time) if it is very large or in a difficult area (ie face). Hope that helps. ...Read more

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I have a nevus spilus and I read that they can cause hearing loss later in life. Is this true? My grandpa had one and never did but I want to make sur

I have a nevus spilus and I read that they can cause hearing loss later in life. Is this true? My grandpa had one and never did but I want to make sur

Relax: Nevus spilus does not cause anything. Adult hearing loss is 1 of many "associated" findings suggesting some increased frequency of certain things among those with nevus spilus. These associations are not cause and effect. Adult hearing loss is very common and any association with nevus spilus is probably coincidental. ...Read more

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Is it safe to get a tattoo on top of a nevus spilus?

Why play with fire: Now, c'mon. If you know the fancy name, you know that danger is built in. So? At 37 why ask for problems.
And what kind ''artiste'' would poke this known condition 70 to 100 times every 3 sec? ...Read more

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I have a congenital nevus spilus. It is about 3 cm long. Online dermatologist have said mine is macular. I can not see a dermatologist should I worry?

I have a congenital nevus spilus. It is about 3 cm long. Online dermatologist have said mine is macular. I can not see a dermatologist should I worry?

ConsultPrimaryCareMD: While the online dermatologists may be correct in their diagnosis most of the time, it is not the same as doing a real life examination for nevi especially. I will consult your primary care doctor and get his recommendations if it needs a dermatologist consult ...Read more

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I have a nevus spilus with hair that is 2 and a half cm big on my leg. I heard they can become cancerous, should I worry about mine? How rare is it?

I have a nevus spilus with hair that is 2 and a half cm big on my leg. I heard they can become cancerous, should I worry about mine? How rare is it?

Stop worrying: Nevus spilus occasionally gives rise to melanomas but this is uncommon, and an extra-large / extra-ugly sploch will be clearly visible to your watchful eyes before the melanoma turns invasive and can hurt you. Then you can get the melanoma excised. Leave the thing alone otherwise. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a medium-sized nevus spilus above my knee, and would like to know if it's alright to get a tattoo over it?

What to do if I have a medium-sized nevus spilus above my knee, and would like to know if it's alright to get a tattoo over it?

Sure: Do continue to keep an eye on both the nevus spilus and all of your skin. A tattoo should be something extremely personal and you're much better off with a nevus spilus -- many people will think it's "cute" or "distinctive for you" -- than a tattoo that you are not 100% sure you want or you may regret. Please wait at least a year or two between the idea & actually getting inked. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have a 3 cm long congenital macular nevus spilus on my leg. Should I worry about it turning cancerous? I can not see a dermatologist

I have a 3 cm long congenital macular nevus spilus on my leg. Should I worry about it turning cancerous? I can not see a dermatologist

Watch it: These very seldom go bad and the change -- a new, ugly growth centered within the lesion -- will be obvious. This can be removed before it becomes an immediate danger. Many people like these little speckled things. ...Read more

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Hi I've noticed I have these dark dots around this mole on my stomach, and they look a lot like nevus spilus. How do I know for sure what is it?

Hi I've noticed I have these dark dots around this mole on my stomach, and they look a lot like nevus spilus. How do I know for sure what is it?

Biopsy: The only way to know for sure is to have it biopsied or completely removed and sent for examination under a microscope. See a plastic surgeon or dermatologist. ...Read more

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Nevus sebaceous - dangerous or not?

Nevus sebaceous - dangerous or not?

Usually not: Nevis sebaceous is a non cancerous condition. Later in life, however, these may develop cancer, most notably basal cell carcinoma and less likely sebaceous gland carcinoma. See a dermatologist to discuss the need for surveillance vs excision. ...Read more

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I have a brown verrucae in my genital that is growing slowly, my dermatologist say is linear epidermic nevus, what is that, is it dangerous?

I have a brown verrucae in my genital that is growing slowly, my dermatologist say is linear epidermic nevus, what is that, is it dangerous?

Most Probably not.: Dermal Nevus by defenation is benign. And when dermatologist did not want to Excise or Biopsy then it must not be dangerous to your health.
keep monitoring. Periodically get examined by Dermatologist. Check for changing size, shape, color and margin. ...Read more

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Are halo moles dangerous?

Halo: Halo moles are not uncommon. It is the darker mole itself that must be evaluated by a dermatologist to determine if an abnormal or cancerous mole is present. In many cases the mole is normal. Either way, have the lesion evaluated. ...Read more

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Are black moles dangerous? What do they mean?

Sometimes: Aad malignant melanoma: asymmetry: 1 half is unlike the other. Border: irregular, scalloped or poorly defined. Color: varied with shades of tan, brown or black; or white, red or blue. Diameter: > 6 mm. Evolving: mole /skin lesion looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape or color. An irregular mole that itches, bleeds or is painful is worrisome for possible cancer. ...Read more

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