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Infected mole should I see a gp?

Infected mole should I see a gp?

Dermatologist: It would be preferable for you to see a dermatologist, if possible. However if you are not able to do so for any reason at least have your general doctor take a look at it and begin to treat as he/she deems necessary. ...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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A normal brown mole turned red and throbbing with pus overnight. Is it possible to get a mole infected or is it a deadly nodular melanoma?

A normal brown mole turned red and throbbing with pus overnight. Is it possible to get a mole infected or is it a deadly nodular melanoma?

It is possible to: irritate a mole, so apply some topical ointment and a bandaid and get in to see dermatologist for diagnosis and treatment. It may just be infected ...Read more

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How to keep a freshly removed mole from getting infected. I was told to put vaseline on it and a bandaid. Is that a good idea?

How to keep a freshly removed mole from getting infected. I was told to put vaseline on it and a bandaid. Is that a good idea?

Avoid infection: Keep the area clean with soap and water. You can also use a topical antibiotic ointment. Cover with a dry dressing/Band-Aid. ...Read more

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Had a large mole burned of at the dermatolist.5 days ago it has a red ring around . Could it be infected or is this a healing process..hurts a little ?

Had a large mole burned of at the dermatolist.5 days ago it has a red ring around . Could it be infected or is this a healing process..hurts a little ?

Normal: often you will have a healing read ring around the area. If the redness gets worse or it becomes painful then check with provider ...Read more

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Why would a mole keep getting sore and infected? It healed but now it's sore again it is on my cheek

Why would a mole keep getting sore and infected?  It healed but now it's sore again it is on my cheek

Dermatologist: Get an appointment with a dermatologist, skin doctor. Moles usually are not sore, moles usually do not get infected, moles don't go away and then come back. Things do not add up. You need to have a specialist look at it and treat accordingly. ...Read more

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What are some reasons why a mole removal wound doesn't heal well, even after several months? Not infected, just still reddish with scab.

What are some reasons why a mole removal wound doesn't heal well, even after several months? Not infected, just still reddish with scab.

Non healing mole: is it a pressure point? constantly being irritated? Follow up with dermatologist this week. Post surgery there should be appropriate healing. ...Read more

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Wound from mole excision is infected. Given Keflex. Best to let wound dry out or keep covered with an antibiotic ointment?

Wound from mole excision is infected. Given Keflex.  Best to let wound dry out or keep covered with an antibiotic ointment?

Either OK: Go with what your health care provider says. They have been most closely associated with your condition. ...Read more

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I just had a mole removed on my leg, they said to keep vasoline on it. It is raised red all around it and warm. How do I clean it? Is it Infected?

I just had a mole removed on my leg, they said to keep vasoline on it. It is raised red all around it and warm. How do I clean it? Is it Infected?

Probably infected.: The redness and raised area suggest that it is infected. You can wash with warm soapy water and keep it clean. Use alcohol for cleansing after you wash with soap and water. If the area of redness increases or there are red lines crawling up the leg you need to get oral antibiotics. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Mole on arm raised and painful. Hurt it in work. Has only been this way since Monday. Doc said infected and gave meds. Not cut Or oozing. Correct?

 Mole on arm raised and painful. Hurt it in work. Has only been this way since Monday. Doc said infected and gave meds. Not cut Or oozing. Correct?

Don't know but ...: A week or two of antibiotics will not hurt and if the swelling and pain go away so be it. Sometimes you don't see an entry point for a wound but remember that these organisms are microscopic. You cannot seem them with your naked eyes so your doc used his clinical judgement as to what he thought was the most likely thing happening. Since I am not there I have to defer to his call. ...Read more

Dr. Coyle Connolly
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Nevi (Definition)

Nevi is a clinical finding for a pigmented area of skin, such as ...Read more