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Mole Removal Infection
Infection after Mole: You may not have an infection. The normal signs of healing after surgery very closely mimic the same signs of an infection. Make sure you are cleansing the wound twice daily and applying an antibiotic ointment to the wound until it is healed per the instructions of the operating doctor. Also, you should immediately let your doctor know your concerns and return to him or her for re-evaluation. ...Read more
Mole removal involves excision of a nevus. This could involve either shaving off a raised skin lesion or cutting out a flat skin lesion. This can be done either for cosmetic reasons (unsightly mole) or to rule out skin cancer. I hope this information is helpful. Stephen weber, M.D., f.A.C.S. Lone ...Read more
Mole removal incision site on back still reddish after 3 months. No other signs of infection. Why?
Fungal infection right armpit, Rx ketoconazole 2x day, small scar from mole removal 2 months ago has turned red and raw rest of skin ok, what to do?
No: Most moles can be removed without leaving a noticeable scar. It is important to understand tension lines in the face and plan the removal properly. A facial plastic surgeon is an expert in this area. The american academy of facial plastic surgery www.Aafprs. Org is a good resource to find a surgeon in your area. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Not usually: Do not know the size, time of treatment, or location of the removal. If the site is itching, stinging and very firm (ridgy or raised) it may be a reaction to sutures or hypertrophic scar. You should return to surgeon that removed the mole and have a complete examination of the site. They will help you with the appropriate treatment. ...Read more
Only surgery : All pigmented lesions (nevi, moles) should be checked by a dermatologist & removed only if suspicious or worrisome by surgical excision or biopsy. This way the lesions can be checked under a microscope to ensure that it is not cancer. This is especially important if there is a personal or family history of melanoma, or the mole has been changing. See a dermatologist for a skin check & advice. ...Read more
Usually not: The scar depends on the technique used to remove the mole. If the mole is cut out and the resulting wound stitched closed, a linear scar usually results, hopefully along the "grain" of the skin or in or along a crease. If the mole is "shaved" off or burned off, a circular pale area could result, with the circle being much smaller than the mole. ...Read more
Sure: However, depends on size, extent of excision, location, & your ability to remain still. If you are referring to general anesthesia, then yes for sure this probably will not be required. Local anesthesia is usually used, & is also helpful with keeping you comfortable throughout. Even the best intentioned patients can not help to have a natural reaction to withdraw from pain. Emla (lidocaine and prilocaine) patch at least. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do not try to remove a mole by topical agents. If you wish to have a mole removed for any reason, see a doctor and make sure that the removed tissue is sent to a pathologist for examination.
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Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more