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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 does it mean if you have a mole and it has recently gotten swollen, painful, and has turned purple?

What does it mean if you have a mole and it has recently gotten swollen, painful, and has turned purple?

Simple.: Means you should probably have someone take a look at it. An alternative would be to take a picture of it and wait and watch. Look on-line for the various presentations of melanoma - if it looks anything vaguely like melanoma see doc soon. ...Read more

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I have a mole on my back that keeps getting my hair caught in it, was painful but now feels better, it was swollen now seems better, what is your advi?

I have a mole on my back that keeps getting my hair caught in it, was painful but now feels better, it was swollen now seems better, what is your advi?

Always see a DR or: A dermatologist for any concerns regarding moles.These links below will show u images of normal moles and skin cancer and tell u the abcde of skin cancer. Take care! Http://www. Livestrong. Com/article/268710-facial-moles-with-hair/ http://m.Cbsnews. Com/blogsstorysynopsis. Rbml? &feed_id=71&catid=20055009&videofeed=null&nb_splitpage=0 http://skincancer. About. Com/od/symptoms/ss/mole_all. Htm. ...Read more

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I have a mole that as become inflammed and painful and swollen on my right upper leg. It has never done this in 32 years. Worry. Should I pop?

I have a mole that as become inflammed and painful and swollen on my right upper leg. It has never done this in 32 years. Worry. Should I pop?

Recommend: Head to toe skin check at least annually. Recommend evaluation by your family doctor or a dermatologist so that lesion can be better assessed. ...Read more

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My mole is swollen and itchy?

My mole is swollen and itchy?

See Dermatologist: Some changes in the mole are not good - please see a board certified dermatologist as soon as possible. ...Read more

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I have a mole that is removed with laser a few years back. The mole did not grow back; however, the area is now swollen.

I have a mole that is removed with laser a few years back. The mole did not grow back; however, the area is now swollen.

Raised scar: After removal of a mole by shaving it the scar can become raised. This is called hypertrophic scar. It responds well to injections with kenalog (triamcinolone) (a steroid). Certain laser treatments can help as well. As a last resort it can be completely excised. If the first time no biopsy was done you should so a biopsy as well. ...Read more

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Why is my small mole swollen and sore?

Why is my small mole swollen and sore?

Have it checked!: Most likely you have irritated the growth on your skin but anytime you note a change in the character of a mole it becomes imperative to have it examined by a dermatologist. Skin cancer can change the feeling and swelling of a mole. Do not delay an appointment with your primary care doctor to have things checked out! ...Read more

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I have a mole over my left eyebrow and it's swollen and it hurts. What does this mean?

I have a mole over my left eyebrow and it's swollen and it hurts. What does this mean?

Skin lesion: Your description sounds like an irritated/ inflamed skin lesion. It is impossible to tell if it is benign or something more serious without examining it. I recommend that you see an eye or skin doctor for further evaluation and excisional biopsy. ...Read more

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Occasionally the area around the mole I've had my whole life gets swollen and tender. It's not usually the mole itself but that has happened. Why?

Occasionally the area around the mole I've had my whole life gets swollen and tender. It's not usually the mole itself but that has happened. Why?

Derm eval.: Dear llama, I can not answer your question. I recommend that all of my patients see the dermatologist annually for a full body evaluation. This might be a good time to schedule that & to have the dermatologist evaluate the mole as well. Take care. ...Read more

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About a month ago I had a pimple under a mole. The pain of the pimple went away, but the area around my mole is still slightly swollen is this normal?

Need for check up: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see your doctor. Any change in a mole needs to be checked out. ...Read more

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I have a mole on my neck that is red and swollen. Is that bad? It hurts bad.

I have a mole on my neck that is red and swollen. Is that bad? It hurts bad.

Inflamed Moles: Periodically moles can get irritated and become inflamed. When this occurs they can become red, swollen and even bleed at times. While an inflamed mole isn't necessarily cause for concern, it is important to have any changes examined by a dermatologist. Inflamed moles can be removed by a dermatologist if deemed appropriate. ...Read more

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I have a mole that as suddenly became sore swollen and lost its colour what should I do?

Dermatology: Evaluation would be the next step for any mole that is changing. Take care! ...Read more

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I have a mole on my face and it has swollen and has redness around it. It is also abit warm and is slightly tingly. What could it be?

I have a mole on my face and it has swollen and has redness around it. It is also abit warm and is slightly tingly. What could it be?

Infection: Get a doctor to evaluate this mole. It appears to be infected but if not the doctor will be able to decide whether you need to see a dermatologist or not ...Read more

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The suspicious mole is on the right side of my back, the swollen lymph node is the back right side of my neck, are they related?

The suspicious mole is on the right side of my back, the swollen lymph node is the back right side of my neck, are they related?

Hope not: Go see a dermatologist now and get this looked at critically and biopsied if necessary. Do asap. Good luck. ...Read more

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Hi there I am a 23 year old man and I have what I think is a mole under my arm. It has soon become swollen and sore. Any suggestions please?

Skin Tags: Skin tags are common, acquired, benign skin growths that look like a small piece of soft, hanging skin. Skin tags are harmless growths. Some individuals may be more prone to tags. Skin tags can become inflamed and infected. See your local doctor for treatment. ...Read more

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I have a swollen lymph node in my left armpit, I then saw I had a mole which is black always that way. Could they be connected. Just got over flu.

You may need a check: A mole can actually be a melanoma. In that case the swollen lymph node may be related to a melanoma. So you should get your self examined by your doctor soon especially if the lymph node is growing in size and is bigger than the size of a marble. ...Read more

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I have a suspecious mole but my dermatologist said its not melanoma. Does one swollen lymph node on the back of the neck right side can indicate there is melanoma?

Biopsy the mole: If you are concerned about a mole, the safest and thing would be to perform a biopsy on the mole. That would be the first step. A swollen lymph node can caused by many different things such as infections. ...Read more

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What is wrong with me if my lymph glands on my neck are swollen and I feel achy? I have some moles that I am worried about.

What is wrong: What is wrong is that you realize that you have a potential problem, but haven't seen your doctor yet. You deserve better! Swollen and achy lymph nodes can be due to viral or bactrial illness, inflammation, infection, or cancer. Have your doctor examine them and your worrisome moles. ...Read more

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Had two moles removed and cauterized one on my inner thigh and the other my hip. The one on my hip is very itchy but NOT red or swollen is this normal?

Had two moles removed and cauterized one on my inner thigh and the other my hip. The one on my hip is very itchy but NOT red or swollen is this normal?

Itchy wound: The itchy feeling associated with a healing wound may come from the skin's fibroblasts working themselves into the fresh wound trying to heal itself. Or maybe you are wearing wool pants!! ...Read more

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The head of my clitoris is very red, swollen, and painful. It has gotten to the point where it hurts to lay down. What should I do?

STOP: There are several conditions that can cause the symptoms that you described. Although some may be benign, there are others that should be treated. I suggest you see your primary care doctor as soon as these symptoms appear. ...Read more

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I've been on batram for four days now it come to a head Tuesday night and I got it to drain some for two days but it is still swollen, painful, red.

Be more specific: Please provide more details and ask a specific question. Based on what you wrote, it appears that you were prescribed the antibiotic Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for some skin infection. If it is an abscess/pustule, then the most effective way to treat it is to have it drained via sterile instruments by a clinician. I suggest going back to your clinician asap for re-evaluation. Take Care! ...Read more

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I have a bump inside of my nose near the cease its very painful and is swollen. There is not a head on it, its been afews days already.?

I have a bump inside of my nose near the cease its very painful and is swollen. There is not a head on it, its been afews days already.?

Infection: This could be an infection, possibly one resistant to certain antibiotics (MRSA). Have your PCP check it out. In the meantime you could try over the counter topical antibiotic. ...Read more

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