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Multiple moles turning itchy due to climate changes - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hi there
Doctor :  
How can i help you?
User :   I have a query in regards to moles
Doctor :  
Doctor :  
proceed with your query
User :   I am seeing a dermatologist tomorrow but this is more to calm my nerves really
Doctor :  
User :   I have multiple moles which I've had checked on an annual basis
User :   I've recently moved back to the UK
User :   where the climate is a lot drier and colder than what I've been used to
User :   recently
Doctor :  
User :   several moles started itching
User :   almost simultaneously
Doctor :  
User :   obviously i will get them checked
User :   they're not new moles
Doctor :  
User :   but i was wondering why it would happen simultaneously
User :   and it's all been within the last few weeks
Doctor :   in which part of the body is the moles concentrated more
User :   upper part
User :   upper arms
Doctor :   ok
User :   and one just below the navel
User :   it looks a bit sore on two of them
Doctor :   so mostly on the arms
User :   yes
Doctor :  
meaning sun exposed areas
User :   more pronounced itching in hot water
User :   yes
User :   although not now
User :   as it's been freezing here
User :   actually looking at the moles positioning
User :   underneath t-shirt cufffs
Doctor :   from which country did you return back to uk
User :   a hot country
User :   thailand
Doctor :   what is the color of the moles

User :   light brown
User :   as you can imagine i'm very very anxious
User :   that it's multiple moles all at once
Doctor :  
and the size of the each mole say which is the largest mole size
Doctor :  
Doctor :  
nothing to worry
User :   about 3mm
User :   i guess because it's several at once
Doctor :   ok

User :   i was worried about something sinister spreading
Doctor :   do you consume alcohol
User :   not much
User :   occasionally
User :   but my skin has become extremely sensitive to cold
User :   flushing and itching
Doctor :  
Doctor :  
have you increased the consumption after you have returned to UK because of cold
User :   and as i said i notice the itching
User :   my alcohol consumption has actually decreased /// i notice the itching more when i take a hot shower
Doctor :  
User :   and my skin has become a lot drier since moving back to the uk
Doctor :  
Doctor :   not to worry much
Doctor :  
the itching is because of the dryness associated with the cold climate in the uk
Doctor :   the moles have just drawn more attention
User :   could that be more pronounced around moles because of the different pigmentation?
Doctor :  
this is because a mole is a nervous tissue under the skin with a pigmentation
Doctor :  
the region being more nervous has increased sensitivity compared to the surrounding skin
User :   hence multiple moles in different locations feeling itchy?
Doctor :  
yes all of them at the same time
Doctor :  
and you may notice it may be less or no itchy if it is on the chest
User :   yes that's right, nothing on my chest
User :   although i have moles there
Doctor :   what you need is a moisturizer like petroleum gelly to protect the dry skin from the cold
User :   so if i did have something sinister causing multiple itchy moles all over my body then i'd have had other symptoms too associated with metasteses?
User :   ok - that's a huge relief
Doctor :   i know you are thinking in terms of melanoma
User :   although i guess it still makes sense to have a proper check up with the dermatologist anyway
User :   yes it's been drilled into me
Doctor :  
but it is not the case
User :   and of course any search on the internet yields
User :   cancer
User :   not helped by the fact that my mother recently passed away from cancer so now i'm super aware
Doctor :   internet is to provide information but the proper interpretation of it is required and it will be done by the doctor
User :   yes i imagine you encounter anxious patients like me every day
Doctor :  
if it had to be cancer than it will start at one point from one mole
Doctor :  
not from multiple moles same time
User :   and then if it spread to that extent then it would have produced other symptoms too
User :   ?
Doctor :  
this clearly rules out the probability of the cancer
Doctor :  
Doctor :   you also would have had other symptoms
User :   yes, i feel fine otherwise
User :   and i guess the one mole that itches the most itches because i scratched it the most!
Doctor :  
so it is the trauma which is causing the itching in that particular mole
Doctor :  
and the trauma is scratching
User :   that's good to know
User :   i really appreciate you putting my mind to rest
Doctor :   is there anything else i can help you with
User :   i think that that is pretty much it other than a quick question about intra meatal genital warts
User :   i'm having one removed soon
Doctor :  
User :   but was wondering about the potential of these to go nasty
Doctor :  
usually genital warts going to cancer is more in the females and it is rare in males
Doctor :  
and it is the strain 16 and 18 of hpv that can cause this
Doctor :  
other strains only cause warts and dont have the potential to go nasty
User :   i'm assuming that my partner should also check for warts?
User :   to ensure that
User :   we don't transmit backwards and forwards?
Doctor :   is she vaccinated against the strains i mentioned above?
User :   i don't think she is actually
Doctor :   what you can do is get her tested for the same by pap smear and yourself it will be tested once wart is removed
User :   great
User :   thanks for that
Doctor :  
after that both can get vaccinated against the hpv infection
User :   males too? i didn't realise
Doctor :  
yes males also are vaccinated so that they don't transmit the infection
User :   that's really good to know
Doctor :   in the way both are protected from the harmful strain of hpv
User :   final question
Doctor :  
User :   even without
User :   sexual intercourse
User :   my partner has persistently
User :   itchy genitalia
Doctor :  
User :   which have been treated once with antibiotics by a doctor
User :   she is also experiencing irregular spotting between periods
User :   (and is not pregnant)
Doctor :   the female genitalia is more prone for infection and it harbors the bacteria

Doctor :  
yes with out the intercourse the symptoms may develop or may not
User :   can that cause the spotting too?
Doctor :   may be the cause
User :   i guess a full pap smear and check with the gynaecologist is the best thing to do?
Doctor :  
or this spotting may be the cause of the itching also
Doctor :  
User :   what causes spotting?
Doctor :  
as i suggested
Doctor :   may i know her age?
User :   she just turned 35
Doctor :  
than the most common cause is the uterine dysfunction
Doctor :  
called DUB
Doctor :  
most of the time it is idiopathic
User :   ok
Doctor :  
and pap smear and other tests are done to rule out the infection or other causes
Doctor :  
it is not a major problem
User :   ok that will a relief to her
Doctor :   a gynecological examination is what is required for her that will solve her problem also
User :   that makes sense - thank you once again
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User :   it's the first time i've used a service like this
User :   but it was an excellent experience
User :   thank you very much
Doctor :   thank you
Doctor :  
bye for now
User :   bye
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