Moles are an interesting topic of discussion for the dermatologist and his patients. At the Dermatology and Cosmetic Laser Center, we encourage our patients to receive annual skin cancer screenings and to perform monthly self-examinations that may quickly identify abnormal changes to the skin. Changes most often noted occur in a new or existing mole. For this reason, the appearance of eczema around a mole may be very alarming. Patients who receive treatment in our Huntington, NY office can feel confident that they are being treated with the utmost care.
Itching and redness around a mole provide ample reason to schedule a visit with your experienced dermatologist. Confirmation of eczema around a mole, referred to as Meyerson nevus, can be a welcomed relief. In studies of this condition, which was discovered less than fifty years ago, the suspected cause of eczematous reaction in the skin has been identified as the mole itself. Treatments in which the originating cause, the mole, was excised, lead to resolution of eczema in the area.
Eczema does not develop around every mole and, in fact, we do not see many cases in which it does. Individuals most likely to develop a Meyerson nevus, according to research, are young men. Additional factors that have been identified with risk include UV exposure and certain types of medication.
The good news in treating eczema related to a mole is that it may not be necessary to remove the mole itself. In many cases, eczema lessens over the course of several weeks. If this does not occur naturally, options for treatment can be explored.
Treatment for eczematous lesions may involve a course of topical corticosteroid therapy. Because inflammation can make it difficult to assess the characteristics of the mole, follow up may be scheduled in the weeks after treatment has cleared swelling and itching.
Dr. Roger Koreen is an experienced dermatologist who has diagnosed and treated hundreds of skin conditions successfully. Our team understands that any abnormality in a mole can be distressing. If changes occur to a mole, schedule your visit for a full examination sooner rather than later. Receiving an accurate diagnosis leads not only to prompt treatment but also to your peace of mind. Call (631) 417-3300.