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Mole Or Nevus Excision
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
- A mole is a growth found on your skin. A nevus is a type of mole. Most people have at least one mole. You may have been born with them or they may have appeared with age. Moles can be different shapes, sizes, and colors. Most moles are round or oval shaped. They are often brown or black in color, but can be flesh colored, pink, and red. They may be flat, raised, smooth, or rough. Some moles may have hairs that grow out of them.
- Mole excision is surgery done to remove your mole. Most moles are harmless but some may be, or become, cancer. You may need to have your mole removed to check for cancer cells. People often choose to have their mole removed because they do not like how it looks. Moles may be removed if they cause symptoms such as tenderness, redness, and pain. Symptoms may occur when shaving, wearing jewelry, and during body movements. You may also have your mole removed to prevent infection and stop its growth. Having your mole removed may decrease symptoms such as tenderness and pain. Removing your mole may help you learn if it is cancer and if you need further treatment. Having a visible mole removed may also help you feel better about how you look.
Take your medicine as directed:
Call your primary healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not working as expected. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a current list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when, how, and why you take them. Take the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency. Throw away old medicine lists.
- Topical antibiotics: This medicine is given to fight or prevent an infection caused by bacteria. Always use your antibiotics exactly as ordered by your caregiver.
- Over-the-counter pain medicine: You may use over-the-counter (OTC) pain medicines, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, for pain or swelling. These medicines may be bought without a caregiver's order. These medicines are safe for most people to use. However, they can cause serious problems when they are not used correctly. People with certain medical conditions, or using certain other medicines are at a higher risk for problems. Using too much, or using these medicines for longer than the label says can also cause problems. Follow directions on the label carefully. If you have questions, talk to your caregiver.
Ask your caregiver when to return for a follow-up visit:
You may need to return for a follow-up visit so your caregiver can check your surgery site (wound). If you have stitches, you will also need to have them removed. You may need to return for special testing if your nevus or mole turned out to be a melanoma. Ask your caregiver for more information about melanoma and the tests that you may need. Keep all appointments. Write down any questions you may have. This way you will remember to ask these questions during your next visit.
- Do not spend a lot of time in the sun. The ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun increases your risks for moles.
- Do wear sunscreen every time you go out into the sun.
- Do wear clothing that will protect your skin from the sun’s UV light.
- Do look for new moles on your skin once a month. Know what your regular birthmarks and moles look like. Moles on your skin should be watched closely for changes. Tell your caregiver if the look of your birthmarks or moles changes.
- Do talk to your caregiver about what skin care products can be used to cover your mole.
CONTACT A CAREGIVER IF:
- You have a fever.
- You have pus coming from your wound.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition, medicine, or care.
SEEK CARE IMMEDIATELY IF:
- You have worsening redness, pain, or swelling at your wound site.
- Your wound will not stop bleeding.
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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.