Post # 1
For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a red mole (at least, that’s what I’ve called it?). It’s just barely hidden in my hairline near my ear and has been relatively the same size and shape my whole life.
Recently, someone I’ve known for years noticed it for the first time and commented on how unusual it seemed. After she mentioned it, I was examining it and realized that it has changed a bit. I’ve never thought anything of it, since I’ve always had it (and have never had a dermatologist look at it), but now I’m feeling paranoid. Obviously, a doctor is the only one who can truly determine what it is and if it is normal, but the conversation with my friend really got me thinking about it and I haven’t found much that looks similar via “Dr. Google.”
I plan to call my GP to go about getting a referral for a dermatologist appointment asap, but in the meantime I was wondering if anyone has always had any similar moles or if any dermatologist bees might be able to aim me in a better direction info-wise (feel free to PM me!)? I’m not looking for an internet diagnosis, just a potentially similar situation or some better informed search advise. Thanks!
Please pardon my dirty post-workout hair and bad nails, haha.
Post # 2
indyJEEP: It’s most likely caused by a blood vessel. I forgot the term for these, I googled – cherry angioma. DH has one, usually you don’t need to worry about them much, but if it’s changing seeing your doctor won’t hurt.
Post # 3
AB Bride: Thanks! Yeah, cherry angiomas are the closest thing I could find when looking, but it sounds like most people have those develop later in life and I’ve had mine my whole life, so I wasn’t sure if it’s all the same thing? Has your husband had his for a long time? Mine is also a lot flatter than most of the angiomas in the photos I’ve seen.
I plan to see a dermatologist to confirm things and also to have a general mole check, since I’ve never had one before.
Post # 4
Yes it looks like a Campbell De Morgan spot. But I would get it checked anyway as things can sometimes look different in photos. I’m a general practitioner in the UK.
Post # 5
Summ3rain: Thanks for the additional feedback! I found more similar looking photos to mine when I searched the Campbell de Morgan spots than I did with cherry angiomas, so that’s good. I’ll follow up with a dermatologist to verify.
Thank you both for taking the time to post!
Post # 6
It’s most likely a hemangioma from what you’re saying, but it could also be a port wine stain. If it’s remained around the same size from childhood, it is most likely a hemangioma, which is a benign tumor of the endothelium. They can either be more flat or a little raised. They can present either in childhood (though not usually at birth), or more commonly in your 30s and 40s. Usually as people get older, they notice either an increase in number or an enlargening of their spots. The port wine stain originates from skin capillaries. You’re usually born with it, and it grows in proportion to your body size as you get older.
Post # 7
bread_n_brie: Thanks you for the comparison! That’s interesrinf about the port wine stains because I could only fine references to really large marks, nothing small like mine. Mine has been relatively the same size my whole life, so it really does sound like a hemangioma based and what each of you has described.
Thanks so much for your help and consensus, bees!