Dermatology Expert Forum
Red Ring/Rash around Mole ?
About This Forum:

This forum is for questions regarding Dermatology issues, such as: rashes, acne, birthmarks, skin infections, rosacea, and general skin care. All questions will be answered by a medical professional.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
This expert forum is not accepting new questions. Please post your question in one of our medical support communities.
Blank Blank

Red Ring/Rash around Mole ?

Hi,

My wife noticed a red ring/halo around a pre-existing mole on her back last week (June 16, 2006.) The red area resembled a rash and the mole was in the middle of it. Please paste this url link to see a photo of what it looked like:

http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i17/metranil/before.jpg

The area did not itch, flake or bleed. The area was not raised. We confirmed through an earlier photo from January 2006 that the mole did exist already, but didn't have the ring around it.

I was concerned about melanoma, and convinced her to make an appointment with her General Practitioner for the following Monday, June 19th. Our dermatologist has recently retired and so it would've been a longer wait to see a new derm.

However, by the time the appointment arrived, just three days after discovering this area, it had mostly disappeared. Now, it completely gone. Here is a current photo:

http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i17/metranil/after.jpg


Her General Practitioner didn't seem too concerned, and thought it might have been a yeast infection. She gave her some topical cream.


My questions to the doctor:

1. Based upon the description and the before/after photo, does it appear this is anything to worry about area? The area is back to normal, now...

2. If a red halo around a mole might be indicative of potential melanoma, would it disappear that quickly (3 days)? Perhaps this was just some sort of irritation that we just happened to see before it went away?

3. I don't want to over-react or under-react, but what course of action, if any, would you recommend at this point? My wife has an appointment with a nurse-practitioner dermatologist in 2 weeks, but I'm not sure that is needed at this point, depending upon your answer.

Thank you very much,

Brian

Related Discussions
242489_tn?1210500813
1. Based upon the description and the before/after photo, does it appear this is anything to worry about area?
No.
2. If a red halo around a mole might be indicative of potential melanoma, would it disappear that quickly (3 days)? Perhaps this was just some sort of irritation that we just happened to see before it went away?
It's not indicative of anything but temporary irritation.
3. I don't want to over-react or under-react, but what course of action, if any, would you recommend at this point? My wife has an appointment with a nurse-practitioner dermatologist in 2 weeks, but I'm not sure that is needed at this point, depending upon your answer.
I would keep the appointment, get a definitive diagnosis, and then more than likely forget about it.

Best.

Dr. Rockoff
Blank
Continue discussion Blank
This Forum's Experts
563773_tn?1374250139
Bhupinder Kaur, MDBlank
Private practice
,
351246_tn?1379685732
Dr. Kokil MathurBlank
Consultant
,
MedHelp Health Answers
Blank
Weight Tracker
Weight Tracker
Start Tracking Now
RSS Expert Activity
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
New Cannabis Article from NORTH Mag...
Jul 20 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
3 Reasons Why You are Still Binge E...
Jul 14 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Emotional Eating: What Your Closet ...
Jul 09 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank