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Two weeks ago I was licked on acne wounds on my head by unvaccinated family dog who ate a rat two days before. Should I be worried about rabies?

Two weeks ago I was licked on acne wounds on my head by unvaccinated family dog who ate a rat two days before. Should I be worried about rabies?

Rabies: Have the dog assessed and if well, unlikely. Also start the dog's immunizations. There are obviously risks. All the best. ...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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What happens if my mole grows and i've picked? Really scared?

What happens if my mole grows and i've picked? Really scared?

Have it checked: Don't panic -- it may be totally benign but irritated ; have a dermatologist analyze it. ...Read more

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Is a tingling mole bad?

Is a tingling mole bad?

Yes: Melanoma can cause burning and pain, particularly when it grows deeper into the skin. A mole should never itch, burn, or cause pain. When it does, that is a sure sign that you should see your doctor to have it evaluated. ...Read more

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What is a vascular mole?

Possible angioma: There are many types of "moles." a mole really is a new growth in the skin but it's more of a lay-term than a professional one. Vascular moles could be small blood vessel filled dots on the skin which are inherited and look cherry red. These lesions are called angiomas. They can be easily treated if that's what they are, with many different therapies including intense pulsed light. ...Read more

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What is a barnacle mole?

Seborrheic keratosis: Very common in people over 30 we call them barnacles or youth spots. No danger. They can be easily removed, commonly w freezing by liquid nitrogen. ...Read more

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Is a mole always cancerous?

Mole: The vast majority of moles are not cancerous and never will become cancerous. ...Read more

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Cancerous mole on my back?

Cancerous mole
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See a dermatologist: If there is a concern you should see your physician or a dermatologist. ...Read more

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What's a mole removal like?

Very minor.: See your dermatologist. Depending on size, suspicion of irregularities etc, will depend on how it is removed, but usually a very minor proceedure. ...Read more

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What does mole removal cost?

What does mole removal cost?

Mole removal: Cost will vary based on several factors--who removes it (primary md vs specialist), where it is removed (office, surgery center, vs hospital), and whether you have insurance or not. This may be covered by insurance so you should check with your provider to see if you have a deductible to pay and who are participating providers. It can be removed by pcp, derm, general or plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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Made mole bleed what do I do?

Made mole bleed what do I do?

Stop picking: See a doctor to get it removed and if it looks suspicious she will biopsy it as well. ...Read more

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Itchy mole! what does it mean?

Itchy mole! what does it mean?

Itchy Mole : An itchy mole can be a symptom of melanoma, an aggressive form of skin cancer. However, you have to take into consideration other factors that may be causing your mole to itch. Are you using a new laundry detergent? Do you use lotion that contains fragrances or other chemicals that is irritating the skin? Think about what products you use and how they may cause skin irritation. See your derm asap! ...Read more

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How does a cancerous mole look?

How does a cancerous mole look?

ABCD: Just remember the abc's. A- asymmetric or irregular b- bleeds c- color changes d- diameter or size enlargement. ...Read more

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Why does my mole have dry skin?

Why does my mole have dry skin?

Irritation: If your mole has been present for many years and has recently changed with surface dryness, it may be irritated by clothing or rubbing from other surfaces. If there is a change in the size, shape, or color of the mole, have it checked by a physician as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Does a biopsied mole grow back?

Does a biopsied mole grow back?

Mole biopsy: It depends on the type of mole biopsied. If your mole is raised and a shave biopsy was done the mole could grow back. Intradermal and compound nevi have a deep component so if the biopsy is a shave, the deeper component may grow back but this may take a long time. ...Read more

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What does a bleeding mole mean?

What does a bleeding mole mean?

Concerning: It is impossible to say without a full exam. Any bleeding mole should be evaluated immediately by a board certified dermatologist. A biopsy may be required. ...Read more

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Can the top of a mole peel off?

Can the top of a mole peel off?

Yes: Yes, that can happen. See dermatologist if mole looks concerning or has very indistinct margins. ...Read more

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Can a cyst develop under a mole?

Yes: Cyst of deep invagination of the skin, and can happen anywhere. We don't know why we develop them, but the thought is an injury to the follicular epithelium. This can happen anywhere there is follicle, including under moles. ...Read more

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Brown mole has turned red, help?

Brown mole has turned red, help?

Get it checked: Anytime there is a change in the character of a mole in terms of size, color or pain it should be evaluated by a dermatologist or family doctor. Red color indicates blood from increased growth or trauma. There are some growths that are primarily vascular and can be treated with laser instead of excision. ...Read more

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Nevi (Definition)

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