Mole Or Nevus Excision
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
Mole excision is a procedure done to remove a mole (nevus) from your skin. You may need a mole removed so it can be checked for cancer, or to decrease tenderness. You may also have a mole removed for cosmetic reasons.
AFTER YOU LEAVE:
- Topical antibiotics: This medicine is given to fight or prevent an infection caused by bacteria.
- Ibuprofen or acetaminophen: These medicines help decrease pain. They are available without a doctor's order. Ask your primary healthcare provider which medicine is right for you. Ask how much to take and how often to take it. Follow directions. These medicines can cause stomach bleeding if not taken correctly. Ibuprofen can cause kidney damage. Acetaminophen can cause liver damage.
- Take your medicine as directed. Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your primary healthcare provider as directed:
You may need to return to have stitches removed, your wound checked, or more tests done. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Prevent new moles:
- Reduce sun exposure: Wear protective clothing. Apply sunscreen before you go into the sun and at least every 2 hours while you are in the sun. Reapply after swimming or sweating. Limit the amount of time you spend in the sun. The ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun increases your risk for moles.
- Check your skin every month: Know what your birthmarks and moles look like. Watch for and tell your primary healthcare provider if you notice changes in color, size, or shape of your birthmarks or moles.
Contact your primary healthcare provider if:
- You have a fever.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- You have worsening redness, pain, or swelling at your wound site.
- You have pus in your wound.
- Blood soaks through your bandage.
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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.