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Is a slightly uneven new "normal" colored freckle with a black dot in the middle cause for concern?
Possibly: Please see your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options. ...Read more
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
I have a freckle on my back that turned green after i got sunburn. Is this normal? The freckle I have isnt large.
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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