Moles or nevi are pigmented new growth on your skin, which develop as a result of melanin synthesis disorders. In most cases they are nothing but a cosmetic defect and do not require any special treating. However, there is a risk that a mole suddenly starts transforming, which can lead to its malignization. Therefore, it is important to examine your moles regularly and at the first signs of malignant changes consult a doctor. Itchy moles on skin mean that you should immediately turn to a specialist. Feel free to ask him: ‘’Why is my mole itchy?”
Why Does a Mole Itch
Dermatologists often hear patients’ complaints that skin redness appears around a mole, while the latter starts peeling and grows bigger and an unpleasant sensation of itching develops in this area. Doctors believe that there may be several reasons for an itchy birthmark appearance. One of them – the most harmless – is that your mole gets irritated by elements of tight clothing. It is clear that such a case does not require any medical remedy. In this case, good recommendation will be to wear comfortable clothes to exclude any possible rubbing.
The second reason is much more serious. It involves cells division inside a mole. In other words, you notice it as an active growth of your birthmark, which causes itching. Sometimes your cute birthmark can turn into an itchy raised mole. This phenomenon is very dangerous because there is a serious risk of malignization of a mole into melanoma (skin cancer). There are several reasons that give impetus to the process of cell division:
- Skin microtrauma. If you damaged your mole you should wipe your itchy bleeding mole with a cotton pad dipped in hydrogen peroxide and then lubricate the wound with an antiseptic;
- Taking hormonal drugs or hormonal changes in women’s body during pregnancy or menopause can trigger the process of malignization. In this case you may find out that you have moles that itch sometimes;
- Intense massage. Strong mechanic impact on the existing moles may lead to itching of the moles. Don’t be surprised if after a massage session you will detect a red itchy mole on back or itchy mole on chest;
- Ultraviolet radiation in high doses. For each human a safe dose of sun radiation is individual. However, if you like sunbathing, you should be very careful, because a prolonged being in the sun can cause serious skin burns, which in its turn increase the risk of developing skin cancer. Be very careful if you frequently attend solarium.
What to Do If a Mole Itches
Unfortunately, it happens that a mole begins to change under the influence of a number of factors. It grows, becomes itchy and sore. In such cases, you must immediately consult a dermatologist or an oncologist, otherwise it may become too late to treat your mole.
Let’s talk about what to do if a mole began to mutate and causes uncomfortable sensations. If you have moles that itch, you can try the following procedure: moisten a sterile bandage in a weak solution of vinegar and apply it to the itchy mole. You should also consult a dermatologist, who will offer a special treatment which includes medical gels or ointments that will remove the itching and irritation.
But if there is peeling around your mole, it may be a signal to visit oncologist, who will conduct all necessary examinations to determine if such changes are cancer symptoms or not.
It is mandatory to consult the oncologist if you have noticed the following symptoms:
- your birthmark grows and itches;
- its color, texture or shape have changed;
- there is a liquid inside your mole, and a pink or reddish crown around it;
- a strong sense of itching, burning and pain appeared in this place;
- hair has disappeared from the surface of the mole;
- there are cracks or ulceration on the surface of the new growth.
When a mole causes some problems, it is better not to disturb it: try to limit contact with nevi. Even if skin around the mole is very itchy, do not scratch it, especially if it is a dry itchy mole on face. Scratching will not help; on the contrary, it will only do harm. When it is so itchy that it is absolutely impossible to endure, you can scratch a mole, but in a very delicate way. Gently press the mole with your fingertip and carefully make a circular motion.
Cases Requiring the Removal of Birthmarks
If you want to be on the safe side, you may decide to get rid of your moles. But the removal of a harmless birthmark does not make any sense, because such moles rarely transform into melanoma. A mutating mole removal should be carried out only on the advice of an experienced dermatologists and oncologists and take place in a certified clinic.
There are some cases that require surgery, based on the location of the birthmark and its peculiarities:
- It is recommended to remove moles, which permanently contact with clothes, for example moles on your leg, arm, head and on breast. Moles located on your chin, neck, groin and back require special care. Pay much attention to moles located in the folds of your skin;
- Elevated moles should also be removed, because they carry a risk of twisting and as a result tearing off;
- Operation is mandatory for nevi that can malignize into melanoma.
It happens that after the removal of moles you notice strange symptoms. The area where your mole was can become itchy or painful. Do not be afraid. This is natural reaction to surgery. The reason for a removed birthmark itch is an intervention in the structure of skin during surgery. It will go away by itself.
Remember that careful attention to your body will help you to avoid many health problems.