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All of them: You should schedule a time for a skin check to have all your moles checked. But especially any that have changed color, itch, bleed, have irregular color especially with black pigment. Black irregular moles large than an eraser head are worrisome. You should get a baseline check and then depending maybe once per year. ...Read more
ABCDE changes: "a" for asymmetry; "b" for irregular or scalloped borders; "c" for multiple colors (shades of brown); "d" for rapidly growing diameter or diameter greater than an eraser head; "e" for evolving mole. If you have a mole with these features, you need to bring it to your dermatologist's attention. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
So, I have this itchy dark brown mole on my hip, it's sort of red around the edges, I have no idea what's causing it. Any ideas?
ABCs of moles: Look at your moles according to the abcs as warning signs. Asymmetrical? Definite border? More than 1 color? Is diameter bigger than eraser on a pencil? Is it elevated? Does it feel funny or hurt? If these apply, get the mole checked out. For more explanation of the abcs check out: http://www.Afraidtoask.Com/skinca/skinwarning.Html worth getting a "total body check" from dermatologist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Dermatology: If you notice a change in a mole it is good to see a dermatologist. Something that looks like a mole causes the most serious cancer of the skin , and since if detected early prevents terrible problems, it is always better to get it checked early. The dermatologist can then help teach you when you should be concerned in the future in your particular situation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can't think of any: Good question. I have seen on the internet creams and lotions which can be applied to skin lesions, moles, and warts which cause the skin lesion to dry up, scab up and then fall off. I believe you are asking about those treatments. It appears to be some kind of a chemical peel. These treatments are unregulated and unlikely to be fda approved, so i can't in good conscience recommend any. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Moles: Moles, known medically as nevi, are clusters of pigmented cells that often appear as small, dark brown spots. However, moles can come in a range of colors and can develop virtually anywhere on your body. Most moles are harmless, but in rare cases, moles may become cancerous. Monitoring moles and other pigmented patches is an important step in detecting skin cancer, especially malignant melanoma. ...Read more