Moles can be a concern to many people, especially when they begin to change or bleed. One of the most common questions regarding moles is why do skin moles bleed? There are multiple reasons why a skin mole can bleed, and these are the major causes.
Since moles are generally raised above the skin, irritation is a common cause of bleeding. Rubbing against the skin or clothing or being cut while shaving are some of the most common causes of a mole bleeding. People whose moles grow darker hair will often cut it, and the mole will be itchy as the hair grows back. This can cause people to pick or scratch at their skin, usually unconsciously. A bleeding mole is most commonly associated with normal causes such as irritation due to rubbing, shaving, or picking off the top of the mole.
While most moles are normal and cause few, if any, problems, there are some changes that should encourage a visit to a dermatologist. In some cases, a bleeding mole can be an indicator that the mole is linked to melanoma. Determining the danger of a mole is difficult at home, but can be tested by a dermatologist.
For individuals who are not sure why a mole is bleeding, or have noticed bleeding at several times, they should be especially motivated to seek out a medical professional. Generally, a dermatologist will take a biopsy to detect if the lesion is cancerous. Even if the mole is not cancerous, a dermatologist may still recommend removing it, if the mole is prone to irritation. This is a simple out-patient procedure in most cases.
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Recognizing The Difference
Generally a bleeding mole by itself is not a cause of concern. Cancerous moles generally have multiple symptoms associated with them such as itching, swelling, and difficulty healing. These symptoms are easily visible and most people will notice them on their own bodies. Additionally, these types of moles are not typical and have a much different appearance than a benign mole. Cancerous moles will generally have a scattered border or a rough edge. Additionally, these types of moles are not a consistent color. One part may be darker than the other side of the mole. Finally, moles that grow to be larger than the size of a pea can be dangerous, especially if they are bleeding. These indications should prompt a medical visit.
To sum up the issue of bleeding moles, they are generally not dangerous. However, when a bleeding mole occurs, ask the following questions:
- Is this the first time the lesion has bled?
- Is the lesion symmetrical or does it have an atypical shape?
- Has the lesion grown in the past few weeks?
- Is the color of the lesion consistent?
- Are there any features of the lesion that are unusual?
These are some of the basic ways to determine if a bleeding mole is a cause for concern or if it has just been irritated. Use these questions to determine whether to see a doctor or let the mole heal.