Moles are a fairly common skin condition for people of all ages. When a mole really begins to become concerning however is when it begins to bleed. Before panicking over a bleeding mole there are a number of factors that could have caused it. Here are some reasons why you may have a bleeding mole.
One common problem with some moles especially when they protrude from the skin is that they will get caught on clothing or jewelry. This can be quite painful but is little cause for concern unless it becomes a regular occurrence. What you may want to do with bleeding moles that seem to continue to split open on clothing or while you shave is remove the mole completely. It is not wise to attempt this yourself as you will have to remove the root of the mole or it will just grow back. Mole removal is always best done by a professional to ensure that it will not grow back and cause you discomfort again.
A second reason why a mole may bleed is from an ingrown hair that has broken the surface of the skin. This can also be quite painful but it is a fairly common occurrence. Quite often moles will change the growth of a hair follicle causing it to grow in a suspicious manner. If a hair grows inside the layers of your skin it can cause a fair amount of discomfort and sometimes split the skin causing bleeding.
A bleeding mole could also be a warning sign that you may have skin cancer. If your mole regularly bleeds itches, swells or does not heal over after bleeding it could mean that it is potentially cancerous. If you find that there is no possible explanation for your mole bleeding and that the wound does not heal over well it may be a good idea to see a professional dermatologist about your mole. If a mole appears a different color or is larger than a pencil eraser this is another reason why you may want to seek professional help or an assessment of the area to determine if it is a potential problem. A mole can be checked by a dermatologist and in some cases biopsied in order to determine if it is cancerous. If you find bleeding moles keep popping up in the same area it is imperative you call and get an assessment right away. Usually an appointment will begin with a quick consultation and examination of the mole followed by an outline of any procedure that may be required to examine or remove the mole to help you find relief of bleeding moles.
Just because a mole has begun to bleed it does not always mean the worst. Remember to keep a cool head and think logically if there could be any reason why you could have bleeding moles. Keeping track of your moles is important and should you find one that is a concern you should always seek professional help as early detection of skin cancer will allow you the best fighting chance against it.