If you find a red mole on your skin, don’t go into panic mode and rush to the doctor before first determining whether it is harmful or not. Often most red moles are just skin growths that occur due to a cluster of colored cells in your body. These moles can be brown, black, red or pink and can also be of different shapes. They may look like freckles on your body and majority of these moles are not dangerous. However, if you find any abnormal growth or bleeding of the moles, it could indicate cancer and will need to be treated.
DIFFERENT RED MOLES
There are many different kinds of red moles and it is best to distinguish between the various kinds so that you know which ones are harmful. The following are the various kinds of moles and its causes:
Cherry Hemangiomas: Red moles may occur due to an abnormal spurt of blood vessels and these are called Cherry Hemangiomas or Campbell de Morgan spots. These moles are purple or red in color and are around 1-4 mm. You will mostly find such red moles on your armpits, chest, genitals back, legs and heels.
Intradermal Melanocytic Nevi: Intradermal Melanocytic Nevired moles are commonly found and stay the same size and shape throughout a person’s life. These Intradermal Melanocytic Nevi moles are light red or pink in color and have slight pigmentation. They are also slightly raised.
Pyogenic Granulomas: These red moles are generally soft and can bleed from time to time, but are actually harmless. These are not the cancerous moles and don’t need any medical treatment.
Red Moles Caused by Melanoma: Such red moles are dangerous and may be caused due to melanoma or skin cancer. They often change in size and bleed frequently, and thus must be treated as early as possible.
Other Causes: Red moles may also occur due to exposure to the sun, aging, heredity and abnormal regulations of the hormones.
DIAGNOSING RED MOLES
Most red moles are not cancerous but it is best to get a medical checkup done in order to determine whether they are harmful or not. Most red moles have certain distinguishing factors that will help you determine whether they may be dangerous or not like:
Asymmetry: Moles that are different on either side are dangerousand may indicate cancer and need to be treated immediately.
Borders:If the red mole on your skin is circular in shape, it means it is generally harmless. However, if the mole has a jagged or irregular edge, then it might be an indication of cancer.
Diameter:If the mole is small it means that it is not harmful but if the small mole starts growing abnormally it might be an indication of cancer. Also, be wary of any large moles on your skin.
Color:Moles that stay the same color throughout your life are not at all harmful but if the red mole starts getting darker day by day, you may need to get a checkup done.
Elevation:Most red moles are generally elevated, however if it appears abnormal to you or keeps changing, you can get it checked up.
REMOVING NON-CANCEROUS MOLES
If your mole has been diagnosed as being non-cancerous, then you can remove it at home or using some medical treatment.
- Jojoba Oil and Eucalyptus oil: Mix 4 teaspoons of jojoba oil with half a teaspoon of eucalyptus oil, then apply it on the area. Keep it for half an hour and then rinse it off. If you find it is helpful for your skin, you can keep using this for a month.
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey: Mix half a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with one tablespoon of honey and apply on the red mole. Let it be for around 20 minutes, then you can rinse it off. Keep using this mixture for five days to get rid of the red mole.
- Olive Oil and Tea Tree Oil:Mix 2 tablespoons of olive oil with 1 tablespoon of tea tree oil and then apply it on the mole. Let it dry and then rinse off and you can keep reapplying this paste.
- Others: You can also several different pastes like coconut oil, fig and grapefruit; and coconut oil; limejuice, and banana paste or pineapple, lemon, and jojoba oil.
You can also have the red mole lightened or removed by using certain medical procedures and techniques. These medical procedures include liquid nitrogen, laser surgery, or OTC mole remover. You can always consult your doctor before undergoing any of these medical procedures. Most of them are fast and are painless.
WHEN YOU SHOULD SEE A DOCTOR
Most red moles tend to be generally harmlessand indicate normal skin growths that do not need to be treated. You should only be wary if these moles start becoming bigger in size or changing color or if they start oozing and bleeding. It is then time to get a medical checkup done to check any abnormalities in the red mole and detect any traces of cancer.
The earlier you go for a checkup the better, as skin cancer is treatable when found at an early stage. However if you are too late in diagnosing the red mole, it could lead to a host of problems and the skin cancer may spread as well. Get a timely checkup done in order to ensure proper treatment and removal of these cancerous red moles.