Is An Infected Mole Serious?
In most instances, an infected mole is not a serious issue. An infected mole in fact is somewhat of a rarity, with a mole not any more likely to become infected than any other location on the skin. If a mole is raised to the point it can be damaged by contact, or if there is an attempt to remove a mole, an infection can sometimes occur. This infection is most likely introduced by an outside agent, and is not due to any physical makeup or characteristic of the mole itself.
If there is a concern about any dangers associated with an infected mole it would be the knowledge that moles can some times be a source of cancer. Moles in themselves are for the most part benign, and usually quite harmless. Most people have them, and most people have more than one. We are born with the moles we have, although not all of them, and in some cases none of them, become visible. Some moles that do become visible do so at a later stage in our lives, while others are present from day one. Sometimes moles appear and sometimes they disappear, but in most instances, once they are there they tend to stay.
Whereas an infected mole, besides being a seldom thing, is usually not of great concern, an inflamed mole can be a different story. An inflamed mole is often indicative of something being wrong with the tissue making up the mole, and as such, bears watching.
Doctors and dermatologists tell us that we should take note of and report any significant changes in a mole, be they changes in color, shape, size, or texture. A mole will normally not naturally undergo and major change, although some may be influenced by sun exposure which can result in changes in coloration.
The Potential For Malignancy - If a mole is acting up, whether it becomes infected, inflamed, or changes physical characteristics, it can be a sign of malignancy, although this only happens in a very small percentage of cases. Moles can also be precancerous, meaning there is the possibility of malignancy occurring at some later time. When this is the case, the mole is usually removed. Sometimes a biopsy is taken on a mole to determine if removal is necessary.
The presence of an infected mole or an inflamed mole often is determined by the mole's location. If there is one defining characteristic of a mole, it is whether it is harmless or not a mole often appears at a spot we'd rather not have one, and if the mole happens to be a raised mole, Murphy's Law dictates that it resides at a location where it is most likely to be rubbed against, by clothing for instance, and thereby irritated.
Treating An Infected Mole - Moles can be removed, either by a doctor or dermatologist, or though the use of a mole removal product. In the case of an infected mole, it is always best to have a doctor at least look at it, and then remove it if need be. When treating an infected mole, it's good to know what the source of the infection is if possible, and in many cases that can only be determined by a physician.
If you do know the source of the infection, for example if you've nicked or scratched the mole, thereby creating an open wound which has become infected, applying an antibacterial cream at home may be all that is necessary, and a trip to the doctor's office probably won't be needed unless the infection or inflammation becomes worse. A cardinal rule when it comes to moles however, is that it's usually better to be safe than sorry.