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Birthmark (Definition)

A birthmark is an unusual mark or blemish anywhere on the skin ...Read more


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I have a birthmark that's been changing/irritated. There's history of melanoma in my family. I want it removed and biopsied. Would insurance cover it?

I have a birthmark that's been changing/irritated. There's history of melanoma in my family. I want it removed and biopsied. Would insurance cover it?

Likely covered: but there is a small chance it might not be. Generally with +FH of melanoma and a changing skin lesion, most insurance plans would cover. Make certain your doctor submits medical records to insurance with claim. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Can my baby’s birthmark be cancerous?

No: It is almost unheard of to have a malignant birthmarks. There are several kinds that need to be followed and possibly removed at a later date due to malignant potential in adulthood. ...Read more

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Can you shave a birthmark?

Shaving birthmark: Caution is needed, to avoid bleed or injury. Let your doctor examine & give better suggestions. ...Read more

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How to remove white birthmarks?

Unlikely to happen: White birthmarks generally reflect an absence or decreased production of pigment in the patch of skin involved.This cannot be reversed. In theory you could transplant a full thickness graft of your skin to cover the area, but it would never look "normal" and would have some visible demarcation at the edges that would call attention to the patch.Most would use a cover makeup for prominent areas. ...Read more

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Do all birthmarks stay forever?

Depends: Some birthmarks, especially those relate to malformations of blood vessels often disappear with the growth of the child. Others may persist and get larger with the growth of the child. ...Read more

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What makes you have a birthmark?

What makes you have a birthmark?

Lots of causes: Prematurity, chorionic villous sampling, family history, genetics, and the big unknown are all causes of birthmarks. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have birthmarks?

Is it normal to have birthmarks?

Yes: Many babies have birth marks and some, consisting of vascular lesions regress with time. As long as the birthmark is stable and not bleeding, there is no cause for alarm. ...Read more

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How do I get birthmarks removed ?

Discuss with PCP: Some birthmarks are amenable to laser or other treatment modalities. Some are better left alone. A discussion with your pcp or evaluation by a dermatologist should give more specific guidance for your situation. ...Read more