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Remember your abcd's when thinking of melanoma. Look for moles with
boarders that are irregular
color differences within the same mole
diameter greater than 6mm
also any new mole or old that starts to itch, bleed or ulcerate should be of concern. Another rule is the ugly duckling rule. Which refers to a mole that looks distantly different from the others on your body. ...Read more
If a atypical mole is removed years ago and unsure if clear margins obtained... Would it have grown back by now and if not assume it was clear margin?
Contact you doctor: You can obtain a copy of the pathology report from your doctor. If you see any regrowth, you should have it seen by a doctor right away. ...Read more
Should I trust quick dermatologist's word? Used dermatascope. I have clearly abnormal moles (1-3mm). He looked at them for 2 seconds and moved on.
Second opinion: If in doubt, it is worthwhile seeking a second opinion from another dermatologist. ...Read more
Path on mole came back mildly atypical but no clear margins. Derm gave choice to watch or take more. I'm having more taken. Could change to Mel?
Mole: Probably should have re-excision for clear margins. ...Read more
I had a small raised pink bump that has changed into a mole. Is this normal? It's small, one color, symmetrical, has clear borders and isn't changing.
Have this biopsied: The lesion I would argue has changed but has remained stable as it was initially a small pink bump that clearly became a mole. One approach would be monitoring the lesion closely but in order to obtain a definitive diagnosis a biopsy with a punch or shave or even excisional if you would like it removed regardless is indicated. ...Read more
Had mole removed - came back dysplastic but no mention if margins clear. Visually clear so Dr. Did not take any further biopsy/margins. Should they?
Not necessarily: But it should be easy for the pathologist to examine the margins and determine whether the lesion was completely removed. ...Read more
Had a dysplastic mole removed yrs ago and pathology did not indicate if margins were clear... Would the mole have grown back if margins weren't clear?
Nevus or wart?: An exam by a dermatologist will determine the nature of this. ...Read more
I had a mole removed from my abs and margins were cleared. It then formed a keloid. Am I good, or do I have to return? What should I look out for?
Is it bothersome?: Keloids are enlarged scars that are larger than the original wound. They form for unknown reasons and are generally harmless but can become itchy or uncomfortable. If your keloid is bothersome for you, then there a variety of treatment options that are available to you. If it does not bother you, then you can leave it and not worry about it. ...Read more
Ihad a mole excised a month ago. Some redness that looks like dry skin makes up the outline where the bandage was. What's the best way to clear it up?
Do moles fall off had a small mole on lower leg and it got a lil larger then fell off clear skin left no blood anywhere?
Hello Dr. I'm 23 yr old girl have fair, clear face no marks at all, but since 2 years I hv noticed spreading (tils) moles and tiny holes on my face...
I have a mole that reminds me of acne. If I pop it clear fluid comes out. Should I be concerned? Or is this just acne underneath my mole?
How long for mole biopsy results if bad? My doc said they only call if bad. When is a avg time to say I'm in the clear? Done tues AM, now Friday
Time: It usually takes 2-3 days for pathology reports to come back to the office of your surgeon or physician. The pathologist will report the result no mater if it is good or bad. Every pathology specimen has a report, no mater the result that it has. Give it some time. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Eczema around a 2 mm brown normal mole. Thought it was a meyerson's Nevi. The eczema cleared but noticed months later the mole is ligher? Same shape.
I received 1 stitch after a mole removal. My dr wasn't clear on aftercare. Should I use Neosporin and bandage the wound along w/ cleaning w/ soap & H2O?
A spot just came up on my back that is very painful. It is clear and has the appearance of a mole and is firm and raised there is also a tattoo there.
Exam: This is too complex to evaluate without having a look so I recommend a visit to your doctor. ...Read more
I had a non cancerous mole sprayed with nitrite to remove it about 4 days ago. I has some oozing clear liquid. What is this clear liquid? Thanks
3 mm wide mole removed. Pathology dysplastic but no mention if margins were clear. Why wouldn't pathologist indicate clear or not? Re-biopsy required?
Margins on mole: Margins are typically reported on most moles. However, if the initial excision was a shave or a close biopsy, where primary goal was to see if it was dysplastic and limit the size of the defect, then margins may not matter on the report. Best to consult with your dermatologist since an additional excision may be required. ...Read more
Derm shave-excised 1/2 CM chest mole 5 days ago. Should bandage be airtight? Little pain, but airtight bandage fills with thin yellow-clear discharge.
Call your derm dr: If you've had the same bandage on for five days, and its been airtight, and you have not cleaned the wound daily, then this needs attention. It's always best to speak to the dermatologist, who who did the shave biopsy, and let their office know that you're producing a yellow discharge. Hopefully, it is serous fluid, and they can instruct you further on how to manage it. ...Read more
Small, thin 2mm dark mole removedvia shave biopsy. "slightly atypical with clear margins" doc says done. Should more tissue be taken? Mom died of Mel.
Atypical mole: A biopsy report of "slightly atypical with clear margins" does not indicate melanoma or a need to remove more tissue. However, the accuracy of the biopsy report depends on the reliability of the pathologist. If your instinct leaves you in doubt, you might ask for a second opinion from a different pathologist. ...Read more
I’ve had a few 2mm moles on my arm right next to each other sometimes get what seems like eczema on them. Had this before on a different tiny mole. Moisturizing cream for a few days clears it up. Eczema patches on arm as well Cause? Meyerson Nevus?
Likely just eczema: Any mole that changes from time to time should be examined by a dermatologist, but it sounds like you have dry skin or generalized eczema on your arms and then sometimes get it on top of the moles as well. A Meyerson nevus does get an eczema type reaction, but more likely to be a halo type around the mole and larger, over 1 cm. Routine use of lotion is a must for those with eczema or atopic derm. ...Read more
3mm skin color/clear raised round mole on side torso. Looks like a blister. Itchy. Looks like it got bit bigger, but shaved over it. Should I worry?
Worry only if...: ...That's what it takes to motivate you to see a plastic surgeon for an excisional biopsy! You should do so asap. ...Read more
Mole accidentaly scraped off no pigment in scar dr said can't biopsy exact site of mole not clear (large scar) how would u know if there is melanoma?
Biopsy: Biopsy of site is gold standard of diagnosing or ruling out most pathology. For pigmented lesions a personal and family history is important as well as a complete examination including lymph node drainage areas. Some pigmented lesions can lose color and that also is an indication for biopsy. ...Read more