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Could the sore red spot on the leg be Melanoma?

My 57 year old sister just called saying she had melanoma on her leg...She is prone to exaggerate to get special attention. I asked how she knew and she said that she had a red spot on her leg that hurt...just wondering how a Dx is made for melanoma...
Tue, 5 Nov 2019
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Hello,

A melanoma is usually dark-colored or pigmented rather than being red in color. Most likely she has a furuncle which is a skin infection, especially if it is of recent onset. I suggest her to use an OTC topical antibiotic e.g Neosporin ointment, twice daily.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Take care

Regards,
Dr Kakkar S., Dermatologist
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Could the sore red spot on the leg be Melanoma?

Hello, A melanoma is usually dark-colored or pigmented rather than being red in color. Most likely she has a furuncle which is a skin infection, especially if it is of recent onset. I suggest her to use an OTC topical antibiotic e.g Neosporin ointment, twice daily. Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further. Take care Regards, Dr Kakkar S., Dermatologist