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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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My normal shape and normal color mole now has a scab like tip. Should I worry?

My normal shape and normal color mole now has a scab like tip. Should I worry?

Mole: A change in a mole, in this case, a scab forming may represent a cancerous mole or simply a normal mole that has become irritated. In any case, see a dermatologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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I noticed a new mole earlier this week (so I thought), this morning I was able to scratch it off and underneath was like a scab or something?

May not be a mole: Mole is part of the skin, you can't scratch it off, is like a tattoo, see your doctor to find out what is and to treat. ...Read more

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Is a scab after mole removal normal?

Is a scab after mole removal normal?

Yes.: I always advise my patients not to scratch at a scab or remove it, as scabs fall off themselves, when healing is complete. ...Read more

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Hi I have a mole that has a white scab over it is It safe?

Hi I have a mole that has a white scab over it is It safe?

Wrong question: Presence of a white scab is not a sign of malignancy. Much more information is required for a determination. If you are concerned, the best course is an exam, preferably by a skin specialist. How old are you? Pale skin? Family history of skin cancer? History of radiation or sun burns? On immune-modulating meds? Location, size, and color of the "mole"? It may be a keratosis. ...Read more

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Mole turned into a scab has white puss coming out. What do you recommend?

Mole turned into a scab has white puss coming out. What do you recommend?

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 scratched my mole and found out it has small scab. Like very tiny dried blood?

Get it seen: If the mole had truly bled, either you injured it without knowing it, or it is very worrisome for a melanoma. Best get it seen by a physician. ...Read more

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I picked a mole now I think it bleed on the inside cause its dark or there's a scab what is it darker?

I picked a mole now I think it bleed on the inside cause its dark or there's a scab what is it darker?

See a dermatologist: Blood appears dark; the mole itself may be darkly pigmented. You need to see a dermatologist to examine it and, if need be, to remove it. ...Read more

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I had a mole romoved one week ago. The scab is quarter sized or larger but a large area around it is bright red still. Is this dangerous?

Not to worry: If the area of redness is greater than half an inch or is associated with increasing pain, pus-like drainage, or if you have a fever or otherwise feel ill, then I would call your doctor to have it examined. Otherwise, this is probably inflammation associated with the mole removal and normal healing. ...Read more

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I've had a mole on my back since birth and within two weeks it went from brown to red/scabbing to shrinking and back to brown. Is this normal?

Moles that change: Moles that change appearance need to be evaluated by your Family Doc or Dermatologist. Learn the ABCDEs of melanoma: Asymmetry, Border, Color, Diameter & Evolution. Check out https://www. Aad. Org/spot-skin-cancer/learn-about-skin-cancer/detect-skin-cancer/what-to-look-for ...Read more

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I picked on a mole then there was a scab and the mole was gone and then the mole came back what if it had melenoma?? What are the symtoms of it?

I picked on a mole then there was a scab and the mole was gone and then the mole came back what if it had melenoma?? What are the symtoms of it?

Changing mole??: Early melanoma has no symptoms. The danger signals to keep in mind is to note any changes in your mole. The changes may be in the form of enlargement, or mixture of colors (Most moles are pigmented and appear as, tan, brown or black). If the mole is irregular and changing in size, shape or color, it should be checked by a dermatologist and biopsy done to confirm if it is benign or cancerous (Melanom ...Read more

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Injury (scratches) on mole on face be4 There was a scab and now it fall. It remain a light grey ring surrounding the mole. What to do to fade the ring?

See your doctor or: Dermatologists to check out your skin. Normally, bleaching agents do not work that well around moles, and you want s/her to look at your mole and document your finding. ...Read more

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Will I have a scab or stitches, or both, from my mole removal?

Will I have a scab or stitches, or both, from my mole removal?

Shave or excision?: Moles are either shaved so that no sutures are used, or excised in order to prevent recurrence but will require sutures. In both cases you want to avoid scabs by keeping the wound moist with ointment so it does not scab and dry out. Both techniques can give an excellent cosmetic result but depend upon where the mole is. ...Read more

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Can a flat small mole be scraped away with fingernail? I don't know if it was a mole or scab?

Can a flat small mole be scraped away with fingernail? I don't know if it was a mole or scab?

Actinic Keratoses: There is a plaque of keratin (a protein found in the skin that prevents water or fluid absorption through the skin) that at times collects and can easily be scraped away. ...Read more

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I scratched a mole on my leg (took off a little skin) and now a black scab is forming there. Is this normal?

I scratched a mole on my leg (took off a little skin) and now a black scab is forming there. Is this normal?

Normal healing: If you scratched a hunk of skin anywhere on your body, a dark scab would usually form. Removing a mole this way will also form a dark scab until it heals. Unless you scratched the mole to its base, you should experience a return of the mole, perhaps a little flattened, in the same spot. ...Read more

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Shave biopsy for mole done, came back totally benign. Still have reddish pink circle after scab fell off. When will this fade?

Few months - normal: Normal for recent surgical site/scar to look pinkish red. The normal healing process takes a few months. You can help the healing by protecting the fresh scar from sun exposure. Some scar care creams also help. ...Read more

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I've had this bloody mole looking thing on my arm its been there for awhile the scab falls off easily and bleeds a lot what could that be?

I've had this bloody mole looking thing on my arm its been there for awhile the scab falls off easily and bleeds a lot what could that be?

See doc/Bx: A mole that bleeds needs to be looked at. Please visit your primary care physician or dermatology specialist for a biopsy just in case. ...Read more

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It was a scratch then it scabbed. Only a tiny part of scab never fell of and skin grew over it. Looks like a small mole. Do I scratch off?

It was a scratch then it scabbed. Only a tiny part of scab never fell of and skin grew over it. Looks like a small mole. Do I scratch off?

Don't scratch!: Sometimes cuts and scabs take a little longer to heal especially if we keep picking at our wounds or if it's an area that gets irritated easily. I recommend you get it checked out by your doctor to make sure it's not something serious since you didn't already have a mole in that area. ...Read more

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I had a scab or dry skin next to a 4mm common mole. After 3 days it seems like the area and mole are healing together. Can a mole change that fast?

I had a scab or dry skin next to a 4mm common mole. After 3 days it seems like the area and mole are healing together. Can a mole change that fast?

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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I had a red mole on my neck and scraped it open a week ago & now it is puffed up and hurts, it feels like a scab. Is this normal?

I had a red mole on my neck and scraped it open a week ago & now it is puffed up and hurts, it feels like a scab. Is this normal?

Irritated mole: Its very possible that a mole or benign lesion can get irritated and scratched off. If it is gone, monitor for recurrence. If it grows back get it evaluated by a dermatologist. For now, do some wound care with plain petroleum jelly ointment 2/day. If it gets worse ir you are worried about an infection, see your dr. ...Read more

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What are some reasons why a mole removal wound doesn't heal well, even after several months? Not infected, just still reddish with scab.

Non healing mole: Is it a pressure point? Constantly being irritated? Follow up with dermatologist this week. Post surgery there should be appropriate healing. ...Read more

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