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Freeze Off Moles
I am 59 and developed two moles which I am sure is seborrehic kerotosis. Can I apply freeze-on to remove them? I looked it up and they say they don't need to be treated, but they are ugly. The article said they can be freezed off or cut out. Sounds like
Identical moles on exactly the opposite sides of the body. S this a normal thing also 2 moles on same side of body next to each other is this ok?
Hardness: The main thing to be concerned about is change in shape, Hardness and any bleeding. A biopsy mat bee needed to rule out malignancy. ...Read more
I have a cluster of brown blistery almost resemble light colore moles I've had them for a couple of years not sure what they are I have pictures to s?
Need pictures/locati: Need to see pictures. Where are they on your skin? ...Read more
I have had a few moles/growths pop up on my back recently, my recommendations where I can go to get them checked or removed please. I have a smart essential plan. Don’t think it’s covered in my plan but I am just looking for assistance on where to go?
GP or Dermatologist:
Most primary care doctors will have training in how to check moles and if they require removal are often able to do so. Alternatively a dermatologist or plastic surgeon could also be useful, particularly the dermatologist since this is their area. Here's some recommended dermatologists in the Johannesburg area if that's any help:
http://dermatologistsinjohannesburg. Co.za ...Read more
They are natural: Moles, "nevi", also called "beauty marks" are pigmented skin growths that usually appear at a very young age but can become more apparent with further growth. The vast majority are totally benign and don't require treatment. Rarely, if a mole changes suddenly, consult with a dermatologist for possible biopsy as abnormal cells may be present. ...Read more
They just happen: They actually result from a couple of mutations happening in a single cell of the nerve sheath family -- schwann cell or actual melanocyte depending on the kind of mole. These lesions are subclassified into lentigos, several types of common nevi, and a bunch of others. Common nevi and lentigos are more common if you got sunburns as a kid. There's a genetic component. Watch your nevi closely. ...Read more
Moles, known medically as nevi, are clusters of pigmented cells that often appear as small, dark brown spots. However, moles can come in a range of colors and can develop virtually anywhere on your body.
Most moles are harmless, but in rare cases, moles may become cancerous. Monitoring moles and other pigmented patches is an important step in detecting skin cancer, especially malignant melanoma. ...Read more
Moles can form at any age. Some are formed at birth and are called congenital. Early childhood is the time of formation of many new moles. Moles may form at the junction of epidermis and dermis or form only in the dermis. Depending on where they form, they appear to be different. Some moles may be flat while some may be raised. Moles also form in different colors- from light brown to dark blue. ...Read more
Biopsy!: The only way to know for certain whether a mole is malignant is a tissue specimen sent to the pathologist for microscopic evaluation. This is the definitive answer for any concern regarding a pigmented or non-pigmented lesion that may be regarded as a "mole". ...Read more
Yes, but: You need to have the moles looked at. "mole" is a generic layman's term that covers a lot of different diagnoses that a dermatopathologist might use to identify a skin growth. Some of these "moles" are caused by melanocytes ("nevi") and someare not. Ones called "seborrheic keratosis", are very common, have small cyst-like spaces filled with old skin cells that appear as white dots. Ask your doc! ...Read more
Office mole removal: Mole are removed from the face typically by shaving them off if they are raised or creating an incision to remove them if they are flat. Seek a facial plastic surgeon or dermatologist who cares about the aesthetics of the mole removal. Scars typically heal very well. ...Read more
Kaposi's sarcoma: Common moles / nevi aren't a feature of advanced HIV infection, but kaposi's sarcoma, a quasimalignant proliferation of blood vessels due to the herpes 8 virus is vary familiar. These are red-brown, flat-or-raised lesions. Now that HIV infection is manageable, we are seeing less of these, which is a good thing. If you are concerned, your physician can offer easy HIV testing. ...Read more