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What Does It Mean If A Mole Hurts
Mole: A painful mole may have been rubbed or caught on something. However, any painful or itchy symptoms should be evaluated by a dermatologist as these signs could indicate a skin cancerous change in some cases. ...Read more
Tough one: That's a tough one. How are you defining a mole and how is it different from a spot? You should be concerned about a mole that has irregular borders, a change or variety of colors, and a size greater than that of a pencil eraser. If in doubt, get it checked out! ...Read more
Have it biopsied.: Moles can be dangerous especially if their is a family or personal history of skin cancers like melanoma, history of sunburns over the years, moles with different colors within it, have an irregular border, or are itchy and/or have bled. Moles larger than 6mm also need to be evaluated. Please see your doctor and if any of the lesions need a biopsy then it can done. Better to replace a mole with a scar. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Get it looked at!: Any time a mole starts to cause any tenderness it should be looked at and a biopsy taken. Has it grown in size? Are the borders irregular? Has it changed shape? Has the texture or color changed? These are all signs to watch for. I recommend having a specialist take a look if you are concerned! ...Read more
Possible: I apply Emla (lidocaine and prilocaine) cream to the area i plan to excise for an hour prior to the procedure. This cream absorbs into the skin causing anesthesia. Then the area is injected with lidocain so the lesion can be absorbed. Generally there is no or minimal pain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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