A new question is answered every 9 seconds

Irregular Moles.

Resolved Question:

I had a mole for about 8 years that recently got swollen and then went back to it's normal size a few weeks later. I was a little concerned so I went to see a dermatologist a couple months later and they decided to take a shave biopsy because the mole had a reddish tone around it. They said the biopsy results would be back within 2-3 weeks. So my questions are 1. Is it possible for a normal non cancerous mole to behave that way (the mole is right on my waist line so I'm thinking my belt may have been irritating it?) and 2. Should I try to schedule another biopsy with a different dermatologist in an effort to get results back sooner? I've read that if it's a positive reading malanoma is a very time sensitive issue and a few weeks may make a big difference?

Category: Oncologist

Ask Your Own Question

Category: Hematologist
Dr. Prasad Eswaran is online now

Expert:  Dr. Prasad Eswaran replied 4 Days.


Thanks for posting your query at DoctorSpring.com. I can understand your concern. In consult with the team Dermatologist, Dr Kruti B -

Moles are diagnosed as malignant based on the abcde criteria. One of the criteria is colour variegation I.e the reddish tone you are mentioning. However it is possible for a non cancerous mole to get irritated due to friction like it may be in your case. You can put neosporin and cortisone cream over it for five days and see if it helps.

Biopsy usually takes a couple of weeks, it is the method of diagnosis. Initiating a treatment in melanoma as soon as possible is important however, another doctor may also take as long to give the results, you can find out, and if the biopsy results are taking long you can request your doctor for a dermatoscopy where they see the lesion through an instrument and a melanoma can be detected.

Please let me know if you have any queries.

Take care

Dr. Prasad Eswaran
Category: Hematologist
Doctorate in Medicine (Fellowship in Oncology), DM,  Madras Medical College & Govt. General Hospital, Chennai, India.

Doctor of Medicine (Residency in Radiation Oncology) , MD, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamilnadu, India, 2004-06.

Diploma in Medical Radiology & Therapy (Residency in Radiation Oncology), D.M.R.T, Madras Medical College & Govt. General Hospital, Chennai, India, 2004-06.

Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery - M.B.B.S, Govt. Stanley Medical College & Hospital, Chennai, India, 1998-2004.
Dr. Prasad Eswaran and 4 other Medical Specialists are ready to help you

Make informed and better medical decisions.

We believe that getting medical questions answered and getting qualified opinions from certified Doctors should be easier.

Specialists from
UK, US, Ind,
Aus & NZ

48000+ consults
in 2015

98.1% Satisfied

100% Satisfaction

How it works

  • Submit question, upload files, if any
  • Consult is assigned to a specialist
  • Doctor replies, Mean response time: 2 hours
  • Intimation by email, ask follow-ups

Recommendations based on

About DoctorSpring.com

Doctor Spring is a novel online Doctor consultation platform where you can get your medical questions answered by leading Doctors. Just Submit your question and rest assured that you will consult a Doctor easily. Once you submit the question, the Doctor from the concerned specialty will reply within hours. You can always ask more questions or add details with follow-up question options and make it an online doctor chat. You may use this service to consult a specialty or for getting medical second opinion. All paid services come with a MEDNET quality assurance and 100% money back guarantee.

DoctorSpring in News


Make informed and better medical decisions.

Close x

Your account has been deleted.

PS: You can unsubscribe from emails from DoctorSpring, by going to
Unsubscribe link provided in them.