Moles, also known as melanocytic nevus (plural: nevi) are small lesions in the skin. They are a collection of melanocytes. Melanocytes are melanin-producing cells. Melanin is a pigment which gives our skin its color. Moles are usually brownish, but some may be much darker, while others are skin-colored. They can be rough, flat, raised, and have hair coming out of them. They are generally round or oval, and have a smooth edge.
A symptom is something the patient feels and reports, such as pain, while a sign is something other people can also identify, such as a rash.
Its surface can be raised, wrinkled, flat or smooth.
Diagnosis can be made on the basis of clinical evalation.
The majority of moles are harmless and require no treatment. They may be surgically removed if:
- The mole is a suspected melanoma
- It is bothersome, e.g. the patient finds shaving difficult, or it gets snagged in clothing.
Consult with General Physician or Dermatologist at Aadil Hospital for medical treatment