Bleeding Moles: What to look out for

Moles are small spots that can be flat or raised and can be present in any part of the body. They can be seen at birth and can also develop later in life. Moles can be of different colours and shapes and the most common colours are black, brown, tan, and pink.

Although most moles are harmless, there are some things to look out for. If a mole is bleeding, it is always worth getting checked by a skin specialist, to rule out the risk of it indicating a potentially more serious health problem such as melanoma, a type of skin cancer.

CAUSES OF A BLEEDING MOLE

A bleeding mole can be caused by various reasons although the majority of the time is not a cause of concern. They can be caused by pulling, scratching, itching, or when a mole becomes irritated by certain chemicals.

When a mole is injured because of scratching or being irritated, the skin under the mole can become damaged and start bleeding. This is usually not a cause of concern as a little medical attention can help heal the skin, but if you have a mole that bleeds for no apparent reason, then the best thing is to seek professional advice, especially if the bleeding is accompanied by other physical symptoms.

PHYSICAL CHANGES TO LOOK OUT FOR

A bleeding mole is often not a cause of concern but, if accompanied by other physical changes, should be reviewed by a skin specialist. Some of the most common physical changes can include:

Asymmetry

This refers to whether the mole of your skin is uneven or raised from your skin, and if one part of your mole does not align with the other. If your mole appears to be uneven then we’d advise having it checked.

Border

The border of a mole is its edges. The edges of a normal mole are often smooth and even, although if your mole appears to be irregular it may need to be checked.

Colour

Moles that grow on our skin can come in different colours. The most prominent colours are black, brown, tan, and sometimes pink. If your mole has a variety of colours or is an abnormal colour such as white or red, then we’d suggest this to be looked at.

Diameter

The size of a normal mole is often less than that of a pencil eraser. Moles smaller than this size are often benign and not a cause of concern. If your mole is bigger than that of a pencil eraser, then we would suggest having it checked.

Evolution

Moles often change shape and colour with age which can be perfectly normal. But sudden colour and shape change could be a cause for concern. If you notice a mole changing in appearance or looking different from the rest of your moles, then we would also suggest this be checked.

TREATMENT

If your bleeding mole is caused by an injury, the best treatment option is to use products such as a cotton ball and rubbing alcohol applied to the affected area to stop the bleeding. To protect the damaged area, cover it with a bandage making sure not to let the adhesive get stuck to the wound.

Although most bleeding moles do not require treatment, if your mole is bleeding continuously, we’d suggest seeking professional advice.

If you have a mole checked and does appear to be a cause for concern, your dermatologist will perform a procedure known as a biopsy. From the diagnosis, they will advise treatment depending on part of the body that it is growing and its size.

The most common options are a surgical incision in which the mole is cut off then skin using a tool known as a scalpel. The other option is to shave excision in which the mole is shaved off from the skin using a sharp razor. This procedure is often done for moles that are smaller in size. After the procedure, you must keep an eye on the mole and watch for any changes that will be advised by your skin specialist. If you have any concerns, then you should seek professional advice.

It should be known that moles should never be removed by yourself at home. This is because the procedure can cause scarring on your skin. The chemicals or the process you use may not be good for your skin and could cause various skin issues. If your mole does, it is highly likely that some of the cancerous cells remain on your skin and spread. Therefore, it is essential to only get your moles removed by a professional.

EVERYTHING SKIN CLINIC – MOLE CHECKING SERVICES

A bleeding mole is usually not something to be worried about, but if your mole is bleeding continuously and/or accompanied by other physical symptoms, we strongly advise seeking advice from a skin specialist.

Here at Everything Skin Clinic, our Consultant Dermatologists have many years of experience in Mole Checking and can inspect, and suggest a treatment plan that is tailored specifically to you. We welcome you to get in touch with us today or give our experts a call on 0161 509 1294.

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