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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Board Certified, Dermatology
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Hi I have a mole that has a white scab over it is It safe?

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Board Certified, Dermatology
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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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Dr. Coyle Connolly
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Moles (Definition)

Moles are flat or raised, usually pigmented, growth on the skin or just underneath the skin. There are several different types of moles with only some that carry an increased risk of skin cancer. Moles have a variety of different appearances and colors ranging from red to brown-black. A mole is concerning for cancer if it is a new mole, or an old mole that has developed suspicious characteristics. These characteristics include asymmetry, irregular borders, multiple colors in one mole, and size greater ...Read more


Dr. Addagada Rao
Board Certified, General Surgery
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I had a mole that scabbed over and now the scab has fallen off leaving just a tender bit of pink skin like a normal wound. Should I be worried ?

Dr. Addagada Rao
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Should be checked: It may not be a mole , and if it is need to be biopsied or excised for biopsy to make sure it did not turn into a melanoma. . See your doctor for clinical evaluation . ...Read more

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Dr. Otto Placik
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
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I've had a mole go itchy and come off on back, i've had 3 on my arm do same and scab over and i had a red 1 on my back which went squigy and bled?

Dr. Otto Placik
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I've had a mole go itchy and come off on back, i've had 3 on my arm do same and scab over and i had a red 1 on my back which went squigy and bled?

See dermatologist : I would see a dermatologist for a definitive diagnosis and treatment plan if you have not done so already. A biopsy will give you a histologic identification and confirmation of benign disease. Otherwise excision or laser ablation may be an option. ...Read more

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Dr. Travis Kidner
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Will I have a scab or stitches, or both, from my mole removal? I have a raised mole on the bridge of my nose, just below my eyebrow. What methods of mole removal would leave that area to scab over, and what method would use stitches to close up the skin?

Dr. Travis Kidner
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Will I have a scab or stitches, or both, from my mole removal? I have a raised mole on the bridge of my nose, just below my eyebrow. What methods of mole removal would leave that area to scab over, and what method would use stitches to close up the skin?

Will have a scar: I would recommend an excisional biopsy of the area. The sutures should be removed on the early side (about 5 days) to limit the scarring. Unfortunately anytime you cut the skin you are going to be left with a scar. ...Read more

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Dr. Addagada Rao
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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?

Dr. Addagada Rao
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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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Dr. Tim Conrad
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How can I tell if I have a black mole or a scab?

Dr. Tim Conrad
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Wait: A scab will fall off in several days. A mole won't. ...Read more

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Dr. Coyle Connolly
Board Certified, Dermatology
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My normal shape and normal color mole now has a scab like tip. Should i worry?

Dr. Coyle Connolly
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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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Dr. Clarence Lyons
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Dr. Sewa Legha
Board Certified, Medical Oncology
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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?

Dr. Sewa Legha
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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?

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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Dr. Steve Martinez
Board Certified, Breast Surgery
23 years in practice
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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?

Dr. Steve Martinez
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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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Nevi (Definition)

Nevi is also known as Birthmark. Nevi is a clinical finding for a pigmented area of skin, such as ...Read more


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