An itching mole can be a sign of a melanoma, or cancerous skin growth, but the vast majority of moles are harmless. If a new or existing mole changes shape or begins to itch, ooze, bleed or becomes tender, it is important to have it evaluated by a doctor, according to WebMD. While melanoma can occur in existing moles, it is more common in new skin growths.Know More
According to WebMD, it is important to take note of any moles that change over the course of a few weeks to a month. Things that are important to look for include changes in size, color and shape as well as the development of symptoms such as burning or itching.
During an appointment for an itching mole, a doctor takes a medical history and physically examines the mole as well as any other moles on the body, according to WebMD. If necessary, a biopsy of the mole's tissue is taken for examination in a laboratory. If desired, the mole can be removed for cosmetic reasons regardless of the prognosis. If the mole is cancerous, early detection and removal is important to prevent the cancer from spreading to nearby tissues and organs. Most moles can be easily and quickly removed in a doctor's or dermatologist's office.Learn more in Skin Conditions
A mole should be examined by a dermatologist if it is larger than a pencil eraser or different in appearance than other moles, according to WebMD. Moles that first appear during adulthood, are asymmetrical, contain multiple colors or have irregular borders are of particular concern.Full Answer >
Pulling a mole the skin off at home can result in excessive bleeding, scarring and infection, according to WebMD. It is important to have moles removed in a doctor's office where the procedure can be done safely in order to prevent complications, and in the case of abnormal moles, can be sent to a laboratory for biopsy.Full Answer >
Brown streaks beneath a thumb nail can result from splinter hemorrhages. The lines of blood underneath the nails come from damaged minuscule blood vessels in the thumb. A less serious cause is a simple injury of the nail, according to the National Health Service.Full Answer >
When someone bruises easily, it is usually caused by individual characteristics, disease or dietary issues, according to Prevention. Advancing age also contributes to bruising. Skin collagen breaks down with age, leading to thinner skin, which makes it easier for bruises to appear. Thin skin is also caused by excessive exposure to the sun, because UV light damages collagen.Full Answer >