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Moles (Nevi)

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Moles, known as nevi, are clusters of pigmented skin cells that appear as small, dark brown spots. They can develop anywhere on the body and come in a range of colors and size. It’s important to have a doctor check up on any moles on a regular basis to be safe as skin cancer may occur in or near a mole.  However, it is perfectly normal for children to develop new moles and moles will grow with your child as they grow.

Symptoms of Moles

  • Color. They're often brown, but moles can be tan, black, red, blue, pink, or skin-colored.
  • Shape. They can vary in shape from oval to round.
  • Size. They can be as small as a pinhead or large enough to cover an entire limb. Generally, moles are less than 1/4 inch (about 6 millimeters) long — or smaller than the diameter of a pencil eraser.

Causes of Moles

Moles are caused when cells in the skin, called melanocytes, grow into clusters or clumps. The melonocytes produce melanin, a natural pigment, which gives skin its color. Most moles are harmless and don’t require any type of special care, however, some people choose to have them removed.

Treatment for Moles

  • Regular clinical exams
  • Monitoring with dermoscopy and pictures
  • Surgical excision
  • Surgical shave

If you feel your child is experiencing any of these symptoms, please contact Florida Center for Pediatric Dermatology at 407.303.1687 or through our online contact form.