Diligently keeping up with all of the potential threats to your health can seem like an overwhelming task. Still, developing a strong knowledge base about potential threats and the things you can do to mitigate them is an important task, and it certainly should extend to an understanding around the risks that may be posed by moles.
Contrary to popular belief, not all moles carry an inherent health risk. There are some signs, however, that a serious situation may be developing. It's vital that you remain aware of those signs, and the guide below should assist you in recognizing the risks that may be growing on your skin.
Consistency can be the key to calm in many contexts, and it's certainly the case when it comes to your moles. Even if a growth appears to be large or unsightly, if it's been that way since birth or doesn't appear to be swelling or changing shape, it's unlikely to be a serious warning sign.
If, on the other hand, you find a mole to be growing or changing over the time, it likely needs to be removed. When your moles change, it's a sign of activity in your skin at the cellular level, and that activity should be monitored by professionals like those at Associated Skin Care Specialists in order to verify its safety.
The color of a mole should also be regularly monitored. Most of the time, they're either roughly your skin tone or slightly darker, so any changes should be readily apparent and should be noted for a conversation with your dermatologist.
The color of the skin around your mole may also come into play when assessing its risk level. If you have red skin that doesn't come from persistent fidgeting or irritability, you should see a doctor immediately and consider mole removal. Redness and inflammation are rarely signs of good health, and your skin is no exception to that rule.
Everyone's skin is different, and the development of a large number of moles may simply be the result of the genetic lottery. However, a large number of moles can also represent more opportunities for complications to arise, and may present more challenges when it comes to monitoring the danger signs listed above. If you have a large number of moles, it's likely that your dermatologist will seek to remove one or more to verify there's no nefarious cause for their development and to find a baseline for comparing others in the future.