Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses moles with ScarySymptoms.com

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Most moles are benign and harmless, but what about dry, scabby moles? In a recent blog post for ScarySymptoms.com called “Scabby Dry Mole: Possible Melanoma or Benign?” Dr. Joel Schlessinger weighs in on what your mole’s appearance could be telling you.

A scabby, dry mole is generally not melanoma, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

If a mole has grown dry and/or scabby recently, there could be a number of different causes, and Dr. Schlessinger reassures that it is most likely not melanoma, a type of skin cancer. Often, a mole that has grown dry and scabby is simply an irritated mole. Everyday irritation can be difficult to pinpoint, but is often caused by scratching, friction from clothing, new personal care products and prolonged exposure to chemicals like chlorine.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains seborrheic keratoses.

A mole that has grown dry and scabby may not even be a mole at all. Seborrheic keratoses can look remarkably like moles or melanoma. In reality, a seborrheic keratosis is actually a benign growth often attributed to prolonged sun exposure and genetics. Seborrheic keratoses are typically black, brown or tan in appearance and could have a raised, scaly or waxy texture. They are often mistaken for warts or moles.

Seborrheic keratoses are normally painless and will not cause cancer, but they can change in appearance suddenly, even if they have looked one way for some time. This gives the illusion of a changing mole, one that could be developing into cancer. A changing seborrheic keratosis if not usually a cause for concern or removal unless it has grown to be a cosmetic nuisance or frequently bleeds from rubbing clothing.

Pay a visit to a dermatologist like Dr. Joel Schlessinger to get any suspicious growths inspected.

While a scabby, dry mole is probably nothing to worry about, prevention is key, and Dr. Schlessinger recommends seeing your dermatologist.

He advises: “If you have something on your body that is changing and shows odd symptoms such as this [scabby, dry mole], especially if it bleeds, it is time to see your dermatologist for an evaluation.”

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About drjoelschlessinger

Dr. Joel Schlessinger is a dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon based in Omaha, NE.

Posted on April 29, 2015, in Dr. Joel Schlessinger in the Media. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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