Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
140 Doctors are Online

Can a mole change appearance during pregnancy?

DOCTOR OF THE MONTH - Jan 2014
Jan 2014
User rating for this question
Excellent
Answered by

Dermatologist
Practicing since : 2002
Answered : 7354 Questions
Question
Can a mole change appearance during pregnancy? I have a mole on my belly, near my belly button, that I have had for as long as I can remember. This is my second pregnancy, and it has now developed two stretch marks side by side underneath it! It previously was smaller than a pencil eraser but now seems stretched out due to the stretch marks. It is brown in color but the pigment also looks "stretched out" and kind of splotchy (darker in places but still brown). further complicating this is the fact that I have OCD and picked at the mole as well. It healed absolutely fine but looks a bit different now - is it possible for the appearance of a mole to change after it is picked at/irritated and then heals?
Posted Fri, 22 Aug 2014 in Skin Hair and Nails
 
 
Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. 16 minutes later
Brief Answer:
It is normal for a mole to increase in size,darken

Detailed Answer:
Hello and welcome to healthcaremagic

I am Dr. Kakkar. I have gone through your query and I have understood it.

During pregnancy, moles can get darker and larger, particularly on the belly and breasts. These benign changes are usually symmetric. However, any asymmetric change in size, shape or colour should be examined by a dermatologist.

Scratching a mole can change the appearance a little, and that's what you're describing. It does not transform it into cancer.

Regards
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
 
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask a Dermatologist

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor