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How long does it take for a mole to fall off after treating it with iodine tincture?

How long does it take for a mole to fall off after treating it with iodine tincture?

It probably wont: I have never heard of treating a mole with iodine tincture. Iodine is not toxic enough to cause sloughing of skin. Best to have it seen by a dermatologist. ...Read more

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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If I put iodine on a mole, would the mole eventually fall off? I also wondered if I should surround the mole w/ vasoline to protect the skin.

If I put iodine on a mole, would the mole eventually fall off? I also wondered if I should surround the mole w/ vasoline to protect the skin.

Mole Removal: Iodine placed on a mole will not cause the mole to fall off. The only way to remove a mole correctly is surgical excision. ...Read more

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Safe to put iodine on moles?

Safe to put iodine on moles?

Iodine : Iodine should be avoided on moles as it could serve as an irritant. ...Read more

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Hello, how can I recover moles after laser surgery? Is it I must use alcohol or iodine? What's best option? Moles are not cancerous.

Hello, how can I recover moles after laser surgery? Is it I must use alcohol or iodine? What's best option? Moles are not cancerous.

Regular hygiene: You should have received specific instructions following your surgery. Usually regular hygiene suffices. Would suggest avoiding topicals unless specifically recommended on the post surgical pamphlet. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a mole to become cancerous?

How long does it take for a mole to become cancerous?

Hard to say: There are many kinds of pigmented lesions that are called moles. Most are absolutely benign, so I can't give a time frame. There are estimates of how long it takes different types of early melanomas to become invasive, but that's a long answer. The best thing to do is to see your doctor and have a skin check. Tell them about any moles that worry you, so that you can be relieved. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a mole to grow back to normal if accidentally nicked off?

It may not grow back: Depending on the depth of the "nicking off" it could be akin to having the lesion.mole excised, so there is the chance the mole may not grow back. Have it looked at if it does not heal. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a cancerous mole to spread? When I touch it and its red around the edge. Do you think it's cancerous?

How long does it take for a cancerous mole to spread? When I touch it and its red around the edge. Do you think it's cancerous?

It takes time: Cancer often remains localized for a finite period. The whole process takes weeks to months to evolve. So there is ample time to get yourself checked and verify if it is anything that needs a biopsy or not. Many skin conditions are labeled as moles but they may not be melanoma precursors or moles, that can become a melanoma. You should go see a dermatologist when in doubt. ...Read more

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How long does it take to heal after having mole removal?

7-10 days : Depends on what technique and the location of the mole removal but generally 7-1o days. ...Read more

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How long would it take for a mole to go back to its usual look after scraping it?

How long would it take for a mole to go back to its usual look after scraping it?

It may not: It might not as you may have changed it by scraping. If you are really concerned, have it looked at by your doc. Live healthy. Stay positive. Be well! ...Read more

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How long does it take for a lab to do a biopsy on a mole and for you to get results?

1 to 2 days: A biopsy is usually processed and reported in 24 to 48 hours. The things that could delay that is if the biopsy goes to a lab in another state for processing. At worst, this should only add another 24 hours to the entire process. ...Read more

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My son has 3mm mole not round shape with black colour and indian...in right side scalp. How long does it take to heal after surgical remove of mole.

My son has 3mm mole not round shape with black colour and indian...in right side scalp. How long does it take to heal after surgical remove of mole.

Depends on method: Moles can be removed by shave or saucerization and the wound is allowed to heal, sort of like a scraped knee. Another method is to cut deeper and then close the wound with stitiches. With the shave/saucer method it can take several days to up to a month to heal. With stitches, they are usually removed 10-14 days after removal. In either case, it takes about a year for scar to get to its best. ...Read more

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When removing a body mole how long does it take to heal?

Depends: First, it depends on how large the mole is. Next, it depends on how it is removed (shaved from the surface of the skin or punch biopsy or excised). Was it cauterized or were sutures used? What part of the body is the mole located? If it is small and shave removed, it could heal in two weeks. If it is large, excised and on the lower leg, it could take as long as 2 months. ...Read more

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Raised mole on my back. One color, smooth edges. It's itching now — should I be concerned? How long would removal take? Who do I contact for removal?

Raised mole on my back. One color, smooth edges. It's itching now — should I be concerned? How long would removal take? Who do I contact for removal?

Get checked: Usually smooth borders and non variegated coloration indicate less likely malignant. Agree that evaluation by specialist is needed. ...Read more

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I had a changing mole removed last week and I am still waiting on results. I am 26 with a history of heavy tanning. Is it abnormal for a biopsy to take this long?

I had a changing mole removed last week and I am still waiting on results. I am 26 with a history of heavy tanning. Is it abnormal for a biopsy to take this long?

Can take time: Pathology reports can take time as some specimens have to be stained and handled in certain ways. It is not unusual to ake a while for a biopsy report. ...Read more

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How long would it take for a changing mole to become cancerous and spread?

How long would it take for a changing mole to become cancerous and spread?

It's moot: If a mole is changing, or shows any sign of being a melanoma, you need to make an appointment and be seen now. I would not accept a waiting period of more than two weeks, and would try to be seen at once. Progression from a benign-looking mole into a lesion capable of metastasizing is known to take as little as a few months. Get seen now. ...Read more

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How long after a mole removal would a keloid start to grow? Can it take years?

How long after a mole removal would a keloid start to grow? Can it take years?

Unfortunately: Keloid formation is unpredictable, usually will happens with in couple of months, and usual to from keloids from old healed scars. ...Read more

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If a mole is skin cancer how long would it take to actually harm you?

If a mole is skin cancer how long would it take to actually harm you?

Unpredictable: Any suspicious mole(if it is black or brown and changing) needs to be examined and removed if it is suspicious for melanoma because the cancewr can spread when it is left intact for too long and prove harmful to you. ...Read more

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How long will it take to perform a mole, cyst, lesion and skin tag removal?

How long will it take to perform a mole, cyst, lesion and skin tag removal?

One visit: Depending on size and location all three could be performed in one session. It could be done in less than approximately 30 minutes. ...Read more

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Doc removed mole that he said 'looked concerning.' Day 2. How long does biopsy take? Does this mean cancer? Not worried, just curious

Doc removed mole that he said 'looked concerning.' Day 2. How long does biopsy take? Does this mean cancer? Not worried, just curious

Anxiety reaction: Is common, every one will have one with pending biopsy report. No, delay means cancer is not true at all . Several reason for delay, processing delay, availability of pathologist to read and transcribe, some times need special stains, may needs second opinion,etc, so speak to your doctor will explain to you the reason. Good Luck ...Read more

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Hi there! I had laser mole removal just under my eyebrow last Friday and the scab has come off today. I was wondering how long will it take to heal?

Hi there!  I had laser mole removal just under my eyebrow last Friday and the scab has come off today. I was wondering how long will it take to heal?

Healing: Acute healing three weeks, subacute healing three months, complete healing two years. Use sunglasses when outside to present hyper pigmentation. Can apply sunscreen to area after 2-3 weeks. ...Read more

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I have an itchy mole. Doctor said it's a skin infection and to treat with ointment. How long should it take to heal. Should l get second opinion?

I have an itchy mole. Doctor said it's a skin infection and to treat with ointment. How long should it take to heal. Should l get second opinion?

Few weeks: Give it a few weeks. It should start healing up by that time, if not see a dermatologist for evaluation and possible biopsy. In the mean time keep it clean and dry, try not to pick at it and use the ointment given to you by your doctor. ...Read more

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I've got my moles removed by plastic surgeon 2 months ago, they left red scars that are fading, how long does it take for them to be unnoticeable?

I've got my moles removed by plastic surgeon 2 months ago, they left red scars that are fading, how long does it take for them to be unnoticeable?

Scar: It takes a full year for a scar to mature. It the scar continues to be red or elevated, have your surgeon evaluate it. ...Read more

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If melanoma moles start out flat, how long would it take to grow, or will it grow?

If melanoma moles start out flat, how long would it take to grow, or will it grow?

Varies: Different melanoma grow at different speeds. It is very hard to predict their growth rate. ...Read more

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Poked by thumbtack at work, squeezed blood out&immediately applied iodine tincture bp, no rust on thumbtack, haven't had tetanus shot, risk of tetanus?

Poked by thumbtack at work, squeezed blood out&immediately applied iodine tincture bp, no rust on thumbtack, haven't had tetanus shot, risk of tetanus?

A wound is a wound: Tetanus is possible when any cut on the skin is contaminated by tetanus spores that are all around, predominantly in soils. It doesn't matter what made the cut if the exposure comes after the skin is open. The rusty nail is the classic source because it is on the ground to begin with when people step on it. Even if low risk it serves as a reminder to update your protection. If >10 yrs get the shot ...Read more

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Nevi (Definition)

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