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When is a mole called an unusual mole?

When is a mole called an unusual mole?

Changes: When a mole changes quickly or looks different than expected it is called unusual. Moles are extremely common and most people have them. Unusual is a broad term and can mean different things to different people! I always warned my patients that any mole changing should be seen by your pcp. Any new mole appearing quickly is dangerous until seen by your pcp. Don' take chance on it being malignant. ...Read more

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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I have a new, somewhat unusual mole that was never there before?

I have a new, somewhat unusual mole that was never there before?

Get checked: Any new mole especially if it's asymmetric, has irregular borders, or has more than one color should be checked by your doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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I am experiencing unusual mole on my face and it's getting bigger?

I am experiencing unusual mole on my face and it's getting bigger?

Please have this: Assessed by your primary care provider or by your dermatologist. It may be completely benign - but it is best to know for sure. Take care. ...Read more

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My Mother is experiencing unusual mole.

My Mother is experiencing unusual mole.

Unusual meaning?: Describe more about this unusual mole? If you think it is unusual- like growing in size, ill defined/irregular shape, multi color or presence of symptoms like itchiness or bleeding- definitely she should go to see dermatologist. If you think it is unusual please go to see your doctor anyway and get it checked. Your MD then can refer you to see skin doctor if needed. ...Read more

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I am experiencing unusual mole by my belly button. It doubled in size over the past few months. It first appeared a couple years ago.?

I am experiencing unusual mole by my belly button. It doubled in size over the past few months. It first appeared a couple years ago.?

Mole growth: It is time to have it evaluated. I recommend a head to toe examination of skin annually. Your mole can be examined while you get a stem to stern check. ...Read more

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I am experiencing unusual mole. I have always had this mole on my face be recently it has been bumpy and itchy and has a red mark on it.?

I am experiencing unusual mole. I have always had this mole on my face be recently it has been bumpy and itchy and has a red mark on it.?

Changes to mole: 1. Please let your parents know about this. 2. It may just be irritated but can't say for sure without medical examination. ...Read more

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I have what I've always called a blood mole. Its tiny & doesn't cause issues but im curious why it exists. I know it is blood since I pricked it once.?

I have what I've always called a blood mole. Its tiny & doesn't cause issues but im curious why it exists. I know it is blood since I pricked it once.?

Probably benign but: Although this is likely benign, any new lesion or change to existing lesions should be checked; squamous cell carcinoma, a treatable skin cancer, is often described as a sore or pimple that doesn't heal, and can bleed easily. ...Read more

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What is a mole that's peeling off called?

What is a mole that's peeling off called?

See your doctor: If you have been picking you will want your doctor to inspect it, remove it and send for biopsy if she thinks it is suspicious. If the mole has changed you need your doctor to check and recommend removal and biopsy. ...Read more

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How long for mole biopsy results if bad? My doc said they only call if bad. When is a avg time to say I'm in the clear? Done tues AM, now Friday

Time: It usually takes 2-3 days for pathology reports to come back to the office of your surgeon or physician. The pathologist will report the result no mater if it is good or bad. Every pathology specimen has a report, no mater the result that it has. Give it some time. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Dermatologist office called. Tiny mole they removed was mildly dysplatic. He wants to do a larger incision 'just to be safe because of an area of damage skin'. What does this remark mean?

Mole: Atypical, formerly termed dysplastic moles are "graded" mild, moderate, or severely atypical. The biopsy is read by a pathologist and it may be determined if the mole was completely removed or not. At times, the dermatologist may use clinical judgement to remove more tissue if the results are ambiguous. Talk to your dermatologist regarding all options ...Read more

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I got a call from the dermatologist's office. I have a small mole on my butt, a severe dysplastic nevus with pre cancerous cells. Is this cancer? I have further surgerynext week.

Possibly: So far the dermatologist doesn't have enough information to diagnose cancer. You need to have the whole thing removed and carefully examined by someone with pathology training. This wouldn't be colon cancer, and if you had colon cancer, this would be an unlikely place for it to turn up. ...Read more

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My husband had 3 moles removed by a dermatologist n we got a call back in 2days stating now needs surgery cuz they 're in a change mode. Surg in 4 wks!

My husband had 3 moles removed by a dermatologist n we got a call back in 2days stating now needs surgery cuz they 're in a change mode. Surg in 4 wks!

Second opinion: In many cases, seeking a second opinion is not only warranted, but necessary. Unless your disease is life threatening and requires emergency care, it is never a bad idea to seek a second opinion. Getting a second opinion helps you feel more confident about your diagnosis and treatment plan. Hope it helps. ...Read more

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I bought this product online called Skinprov, used to remove moles. Says to contact a physician before using, It's safe to use right?

I bought this product online called Skinprov, used to remove moles. Says to contact a physician before using, It's safe to use right?

Skinprov's lawyers: Want you to contact your doctor to spread around any blame if the product doesn't work/causes side effects. Any time you put a topical product on your skin it might might react and become inflamed/injured. Reviews suggest it works, especially if you use emory board to roughen surface, put vaseline on skin around mole, shake up bottle and use sparingly. But, like everything, use at your own risk. ...Read more

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I have an unusual looking mole on my face, it grows then the tip will eventually breaks off, it feels crusty like, but it doesn't hurt. What could it b?

I have an unusual looking mole on my face, it grows then the tip will eventually breaks off, it feels crusty like, but it doesn't hurt. What could it b?

See your doctor: There are several conditions that could cause your symptoms, but none can be diagnosed without an exam. You should see your primary care doctor about this. ...Read more

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Would it be unusual for there to be a scar after a mole surgery?

Would it be unusual for there to be a scar after a mole surgery?

Yes: All operations leave scars, which should fade with time and become less visible. Very large disfiguring scars can be treated, but a small scar is normal. ...Read more

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I have a mole on my back. It's symmetrical, but itchy, and unusually dark and large. It also appears to have a red tint to it. Should I see a doctor?

Mole: Yes, you need to see dermatologist. You can not see the mole yourself due to location and can not assess changes. Physician will evaluate and if necessary will biopsy the lesion to rule out cancer. ...Read more

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What is the hump behind my head below my neck called? Also how to get rid of it?

What is the hump behind my head below my neck called? Also how to get rid of it?

C7 spinous process: Or vertebra prominens (the prominent vertebra). You need it. However, posture can be a component of how far it sticks out. Working on your posture by keeping your upper back, neck and head more erect will minimize it. For adults, physical therapy may be a good start. There are medical conditions that can also create a more fatty hump, but for most people it's just part of their body. ...Read more

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Tried to remove a tick from 4 year old's head. The head broke off in skin. Its 11pm, ER or just call dr tomorrow?

Tried to remove a tick from 4 year old's head. The head broke off in skin. Its 11pm, ER or just call dr tomorrow?

Relax: Dog ticks do not carry lyme disease. Was the tick engorged with blood? It is not absolutely essential to remove all the head. The body will shed it. Save the tick to show thedr. Wash the scalp well. If in doubt, the dr may wish to give a single dose of antibiotic. The remainder of the tick can be scraped out tomarrow if you wish. ...Read more

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Off risperidone for 2 weeks, was dose 1mg but now appear to be suffering from what I call a 'cloudy head'. how long would withdrawal effects last?

Off risperidone for 2 weeks, was dose 1mg but now appear to be suffering from what I call a 'cloudy head'. how long would withdrawal effects last?

Discuss w/ doctor: I hope your doctor guided your withdrawal slowly and monitored you during that time. In any case, that physician is the best person to help you deal w/ this residual effect. It's one of the most important aspects of medication treatment for psychological problems and part of high quality, appropriate practice. I hope it clears fairly soon and you can see progress toward clarity once you know signs ...Read more

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3 times over recent months head people call me, twice hello, one my name, loudly enough for me to respond, current depression, any cause for concern?

3 times over recent months head people call me, twice hello, one my name, loudly enough for me to respond, current depression, any cause for concern?

Hearing 'voices': There can be many reasons for hearing 'voices' which vary re concern, eg., acute or complicated grieving, loneliness, triggers of past trauma, anniversary reactions. Since you say you're depressed, why not see a mental health professional who can get to know you and better assess the meaning or cause of your hearing people calling you recently. Ask your pcp for a referral. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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What are the nerves around the face, head and scalp called?

What are the nerves around the face, head and scalp called?

Many: There are many nerves in the head and neck area from facial nerve to trigeminal nerve to a plethora of other nerves that innervate different parts of the head and neck. A good anatomy book will give you much detail. ...Read more

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My husband tosses his head from side to side during sleep. I was pondering what that is called?

My husband tosses his head from side to side during sleep. I was pondering what that is called?

Sleep head rocking: This is a rhythmic movement disorder, previously known by the latin term "jactatio capitis nocturna". It is seen more frequently in children, though it sometimes persists into adulthood. An experience sleep specialist may be able to suggest possible remedies. ...Read more

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Nevi (Definition)

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