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Freckle (Definition)

A freckle is a small brown spot on your skin, caused by sun exposure. Use your abcde's to tell the difference between a freckle and skin cancer. A=asymmetry. B=border [irregular]. C=color [irregular]. D=diameter [larger than a pencil eraser]. E=evolving [change in color, size, height, new symptoms like bleeding, itching or crusting]. These are danger signs that ...Read more


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I have a freckle on my back that turned green after i got sunburn. Is this normal? The freckle I have isnt large.

I have a freckle on my back that turned green after i got sunburn. Is this normal? The freckle I have isnt large.

Don't sunburn: Lesson 1: use sunscreen! don't sunburn. Green is an unusual color for a mole, better have a medical professional have a look at it. ...Read more

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Is it normal for freckles to just appear out of nowhere? At first i had 3 on the top of my arm now there are about 10. Should i be worried?

Is it normal for freckles to just appear out of nowhere? At first i had 3 on the top of my arm now there are about 10. Should i be worried?

No: If you are concerned, see a dermatologist. The Dr will flush out the details needed to put this into a meaningful perspective. ...Read more

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Are normal looking freckles on the sole of the foot or palm of the hand of any concern?

ABCD's….: Look to see if they are asymmetrical, have irregular borders, have different color or diameter greater than 6mm. Look to notice if there are any changes over time. A good dermatologist will use a dermascope to magnify the lesion and expect them closely, sometimes a naked eye can't give a proper diagnosis. When in doubt…biopsy. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a freckle to change colors?

Is it normal for a freckle to change colors?

Possibly.: Sun exposure to freckles can darken the freckles, especially during summer months. However, since a freckle is technically a pigmented lesion of the skin, it is important to have your dermatologist check the freckle as it falls under the abcde criteria for moles and melanoma--assymetry, border irregularity, color change, diameter >>pencil eraser and evolving/changing. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have one freckle that is darker than the rest?

Neoplasm is possible: When one "freckle" is darker than the others, it may be suggestive of a possible melanoma and needs to be investigated and probably biopsied to be sure it is not neoplastic. Dermatologists will usually perform this kind of evaluation. ...Read more

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I noticed a new freckle on my back. It's 'normal' sized for a freckle. It is round and 1 color. I scratched it and now it's scabbed over. What do I do?

Scaly itchy lesion: Best to see your doctor as pigmented lesions with itchiness or scaling may need to be biopsied. We obviously get more concerned about lesions which are darker, larger than 6mm in size with irregular borders or having a variegated color but our index for suspicion is high when lesions behave abnormally. ...Read more

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Had a small newly raised freckle, looked normal besides being raised. When I used a washcloth in the shower it scratched it off? Is this dangerous?

No: This is most likely not dangerous. What you think was a raised freckle was more likely a skin tag, and they sometimes fall off with friction, especially if small in size. If it returns, or comes back and grows in size or changes features, then consider having it examined by your doctor. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Freckles that I've had for years periodically scab over... Then I scratch it off, it goes away for a few days, and my original freckle returns normal?

Scanning freckle: You should see your dermatologist. Sometimes it's not a stabbing freckle. Any change like this deserves an evaluation. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a small freckle to appear on the top of your foot?

Is it normal for a small freckle to appear on the top of your foot?

Yes: Everyone eventually gets a freckle on top of a foot. Then the other foot. Then more freckles. It comes with advancing age. If worried that a freckle is not just a freckle, one can have her primary care doctor or a dermatologist look at it. ...Read more

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