Do You Know Why Your Mole Is Suddenly Itchy?
Moles arise from cells in the skin called melanocytes, the cells responsible for the tan we get when we go out in the sun. Some people have a large number of moles, and some may only have a few. They do tend to run in families, so if your parents have many moles, you are more likely to have many moles as well.
You have to consider multiple factors when trying to determine why you have an itchy mole. In many cases, it could be a result of changes in your daily routine. In others, it could be a warning sign of something more serious that deserves prompt attention.
Let’s take a look at moles (to make sure that is what itches), some of the possible reasons, and then review what you should be looking for on your skin if you are concerned about a melanoma. After all, melanoma accounts for only around 5 percent of skin cancers, but it is responsible for most skin cancer deaths.
We don’t know accurately why some moles turn cancerous while others do not. Risk factors comprise being fair-skinned, having a large number of moles, having excess sun exposure, certain environmental factors, and having a family history of melanoma.
There are a large number of causes why a mole could become itchy, and cancer is not at the top of the list.
This irritation could be caused by chemicals that are applied to your skin, dryness of your skin, peeling due to sunburn, and other reasons. This sensation, however, could also be caused by changes within the mole itself, and changing moles deserve our attention. If you have an itchy mole, ask yourself these questions:
- What about sunless tanning products that you recently began to use?
- Are you being too exposed to any chemicals or spray on the job?
- Think about what products you use and how they may cause skin irritation.
- Are you using new laundry detergent or a new type of fabric softener?
- Do you use a body lotion that contains fragrances or other chemicals that could be irritating your skin?
Normal moles vs. abnormal moles
Normal moles are generally small, round spots on the skin that are colored brown or black. They are either elevated or flat, appear proportionate, and are the same all over.
A mole could be considered abnormal if the color and spots are not uniform, or if it has recently changed its appearance. For example, a doctor should be asked to check a mole if it was flat and has suddenly becomes raised.
Other characteristics of abnormal moles include:
- Any change from how it used to be
- Borders or edges that are uneven
- More than one color or shape
- A size larger than a pencil eraser
You should know that not all abnormal or itchy moles are cancerous. If you do have an abnormal or itchy mole, it is very essential to have it checked out by a dermatologist. An untrained eye cannot determine if a mole is likely to be cancerous or not. It is essential for you to check your skin monthly and have a yearly clinical skin exam by a doctor.