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My 7 year old has a freckle and around the freckle there is a ring. Is this normal?
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Dr. Jerome Litt
Dermatology
14 doctors agree
In brief: FRECKLE & RING
Is the ring white? If it is, it is probably a halo nevus.
Quite common in children. No way to know without seeing. A nevus is the scientific word for mole. Also known as a birthmark. Called a birthmark, even if he/she didn't have it at birth. They are not malignant, but they should be seen, and followed, by your pediatrician or a dermatologist.

In brief: FRECKLE & RING
Is the ring white? If it is, it is probably a halo nevus.
Quite common in children. No way to know without seeing. A nevus is the scientific word for mole. Also known as a birthmark. Called a birthmark, even if he/she didn't have it at birth. They are not malignant, but they should be seen, and followed, by your pediatrician or a dermatologist.
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Dr. Touraj Shafai
I agree, Halo nevus is quite benign and usually the nvus gradually fades in a few months.
Dr. Allyson Pizzo-Berkey
The white "halo" around the freckle usually means the freckle or mole is going away. If, however, your child has 3 or more of these, be sure to see a dermatologist as this can be associated with vitiligo.
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: Common
White or pale rings around moles or freckles are common in childhood.
At your next check up have your doctor examine it to confirm it is a 'halo nevus'. Sometimes the brown area in the middle will fade away. Your doctor will follow it over time for any changes. Brown spots which fade away in adults should be examined by a doctor, this may be something different than a halo nevus.

In brief: Common
White or pale rings around moles or freckles are common in childhood.
At your next check up have your doctor examine it to confirm it is a 'halo nevus'. Sometimes the brown area in the middle will fade away. Your doctor will follow it over time for any changes. Brown spots which fade away in adults should be examined by a doctor, this may be something different than a halo nevus.
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