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Could mole sized white spots be a sign of pigment loss?

Could mole sized white spots be a sign of pigment loss?

White spots: Pigment loss can lead to white patches, white dots, white spots. Sometimes these get better on their own, especially if they are small. Since these spots lack protective melanin, they can burn in the sun.

Other causes of lighter skin would be bleaches and most common, spots of paint. ...Read more

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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 brown spot on my iris and a mole that has 2 white spots on the back of my eye what does this mean?

I have a brown spot on my iris and a mole that has 2 white spots on the back of my eye what does this mean?

Mole of eye: This question needs to be discussed with an ophthalmologist. Do you have photos of your retina? ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have moles and dark colored spots that itch?

What does it mean when you have moles and dark colored spots that itch?

Cant tell: Moles need to be evaluated in person. It is impossible to tell by description. A whole body exam is indicated if there any concerns, history of excessive sun exposure, or family history of skin cancer. ...Read more

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I have a lot of little moles or spots on my body. I want them gone, so who can I consult?

I have a lot of little moles or spots on my body. I want them gone, so who can I consult?

Dermatologist: A dermatologist is best-equipped to evaluate and remove moles. Remember, however, that insurance seldom pays for removal of moles that don't look suspicious; and you will be trading moles (which look natural) for scars (which do not). So don't rush into wholesale mole removal without thinking carefully about it. ...Read more

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Its not summer yet and I haven't been outside. I keep getting these small dark brown/black dots and spots all over my body. Are they new moles?

Its not summer yet and I haven't been outside. I keep getting these small dark brown/black dots and spots all over my body. Are they new moles?

Yes: As we age many of us get spots as you describe. They are likely harmless but you should be checked by your pcp to be sure. Sun with the uv rays cause pigmentation to brown us up. Those uv rays can play havoc with moles. Moles that are new or existing can be transformed into malignancy so any mole changing character need immediate exam by your pcp and maybey referral. ...Read more

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I have a couple of nasty looking moles and spots. Wondering what to look for to determine if I need to have them looked at, or whether not to worry.

I have a couple of nasty looking moles and spots. Wondering what to look for to determine if I need to have them looked at, or whether not to worry.

Need expert: Innocent looking moles could be lethal if melanoma develops from it, let your doctors them if needed will refer to an expert. Some times need biopsy or removal for analysis (biopsy) ...Read more

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I would like to get rid of spots and moles. Help please?

I would like to get rid of spots and moles. Help please?

Possible excision: Multiple spots and moles can't all be removed. If they are suspicious then surgical excision is needed. One must watch out that they are not looking at the development of early keratosis since many of them appear as moles and should be left behind. ...Read more

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Over the past 6 months I have had over 80 new moles appearing over most of my body. They are dark brown from 2mm to 6mm and start from red spots?

Dermatologist: This is a matter for a dermatologist to examine and advise you. These moles may need to be photographed at intervals. Some of them may need excisional biopsy to determine their exact nature. ...Read more

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Dark spots on my fingers appeared overnight, they were light at first and then now they're becoming darker and more noticeable. They are flat not moles?

Dark spots on my fingers appeared overnight, they were light at first and then now they're becoming darker and more noticeable. They are flat not moles?

See MD: Hi, is it on the fingertips? Is it painful? Does the cold make it worse?
Please see your provider for evaluation and blood test. ...Read more

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She has greyish spots on her face that seem like moles but are actually not. They were not many and now seem to be increasing in number. Could you please enlighten me as to what they might actually be. Thank you.

She has greyish spots on her face that seem like moles but are actually not. They were not many and now seem to be increasing in number. Could you please enlighten me as to what they might actually be. Thank you.

Would need exam: These lesions would likely need to be examined and more history obtained to be able to provide you with useful input about the diagnosis or possible treatment.
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Several dark spots or mole in between upper parts on buttock?

Several dark spots or mole in between upper parts on buttock?

Moles: Your doctor or a dermatologist can examine the area and let you know if all is well or if you need treatment. Please see him/her. This is especially true if they are changing color or shape or bleed. In any case, please see your doc. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I'm confused about this. What are skin moles? Are they different than those tiny little spots that one is born with?

I'm confused about this. What are skin moles? Are they different than those tiny little spots that one is born with?

Read below: Skin moles are normally present from early years, birth and teen years. Normal moles are flat, small brown or black dots, which are the size of pin head. If they are larger (pencil eraser size or bigger) then they can be precancerous and have some risk for changing into melanoma. Under those conditions a visit with dermatologist for further advice and monitoring would be useful. ...Read more

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I have had an asymmetrical mole for over 5 years is it cancerous, also I have dark spots all over my back and my chest?

I have had an asymmetrical mole for over 5 years is it cancerous, also I have dark spots all over my back and my chest?

Most likely not: Asymmetry (irregular borders) is one of the features which makes doctors worry about a mole being malignant. However, some people do tend to grow irregular moles all over their body which are perfectly benign. If this mole has not changed in 5 years it is most likely benign. However, I do suggest you have it checked and I think you would benefit from routine skin check ups with your doctor. ...Read more

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I've got little red spots that have appeared in the last week on my chest area and have an increased number of small dark moles. Should I worry?

See your MD: This could be an allergic reaction
also the number and onset of the dark moles need to be evaluated.
Finally-all patients should take body photos with a date for the photos. Date the photos so in the future you may refer to them to see if there are any changes. ...Read more

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I have a red mole that has darkened& grown during preg. It's now dark red w/ dark spots along edges w/ irreg border. Is this normal or should I worry?

See Dermatologist: You need to have a Dermatologist look at the moles to give you an accurate answer. Holy" Moley"! I am unable to see the moles in this venue. ...Read more

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What percent of melanoma starts in an existing mole versus brand new spots? Thanks

What percent of melanoma starts in an existing mole versus brand new spots? Thanks

25%: Precise answer unknown. We do not remove melanocytic nevi (moles) to prevent melanoma. We remove them when they show features suspicious of early melanoma. The microscopic exam is the way to best define them. You take "omega 3 fats" (fish oil). The latest studies indicate that this is no benefit. You take aspirin. There is some evidence that this reduces the risk of skin cancers, including melanom ...Read more

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Is St. John's wort safe to take? I read it causes photosensitivity and I already have a lot of black spots and moles on face and body

Is St. John's wort safe to take? I read it causes photosensitivity and I already have a lot of black spots and moles on face and body

Save your money: While this may be somewhat effective for mild depression, you already have mood issues treated with prescription. It can aggravate photosensitivity. There is no supervision of this product and MOST of the product has been found to be contaminated. I would not touch it. ...Read more

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I've had an atypical mole in arm forever, I noted recent small black/blue or very dark brown specs/ spots its hard to tell true color. What is it?

I've had an atypical mole in arm forever, I noted recent small black/blue or very dark brown specs/ spots its hard to tell true color. What is it?

Needs biopsy: An enlarging or changing mole should be addressed by excisional biopsy. See your dermatologist or plastic surgeon to have it addressed. The obvious concern is a change or dysplasia in a mole which can lead to melanoma. ...Read more

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Mole in pubic area. Have had for a few years. Now it's bleeding and crusts over. It's weirdly shaped, while with black spots and no real edge. Worry?

Mole in pubic area. Have had for a few years. Now it's bleeding and crusts over. It's weirdly shaped, while with black spots and no real edge. Worry?

Yes: Any mole or spot that changes despite having it present for some time requires a check. Its possibly nothing but should have a dermatologist examination and probably shave or punch biopsy ...Read more

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I have black spots about three, it looks like moles. Is due to me being overweightand my legs rubbing?

Moles: Moles are created by your skin due to genetic predisposition, not by friction. You get moles because you are genetically programmed to do so, or are stimulated in some way to cause your skin to do this on its own. ...Read more

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Sir, black spots in other words black moles developed around 40 in thighs and hands each part 10 moles.

Dark moles: Dark moles can be freckles but also can be a melanoma or a dysplastic nevus (precancerous condition). With such a fast growth you must get checked by a dermatologist. This is especially true if you are fair skinned and have history of sun expousre. ...Read more

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Hi I am a 21 year old guy and I have recently been witnessing severl moles and red spots growing around my body 4 of the moles ar on my groin?

This can be normal: Moles in the groin area can be normal. However, there are other growths such as warts that can look like moles in this area. If you are unsure or concerned, you should visit your dermatologist for a diagnosis and treatment if necessary. ...Read more

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Mole on my neck is dry and has small dark spots on it. I also have several new small moles that have popped up on my back and abdomen. Is this normal?

New moles are common: Developing new moles as you age is normal. Moles that have 1) irregular borders, 2) that are growing quickly 3) that have several different colors ought to be looked at. It is best to wear a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, or wear protective clothing in the sun to help prevent the risk of skin cancer. If you have many unusual appearing moles, it is best to establish care with a dermatologist ...Read more

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I have green-brown spots like moles on my vagina with no symptoms. What is it?

Be evaluated: Moles can develop in this area, though the green color sounds unusual. I would recommend prompt evaluation by your primary physician or obgyn. ...Read more

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