Mole bleeding is natural when the mole is being surgically removed.
Sometimes can be an indication of something much serious such as skin cancer, that feeds of inflamed skin tissues.
You are probably wondering,
“My bleeding mole is a sign of cancer or not ?”
Rest assured that it is not the case and there are a lot of explanations behind the bleeding all that you need to do is compare the information down below with the signs or symptoms you are experiencing.
What is a bleeding mole?
A bleeding mole is usually an irritated growth on the skin.
It bleeds due to several factors such as allergy, inflammation, itchiness, and scratching.
If your mole is bleeding you probably should avoid scratching it or stop applying any cream or treatment you are currently using until you check with your doctor.
Your bleeding mole can be healed or it may develop into melanoma which is the most dangerous skin cancer. So you might want to see your personal doctor for a diagnosis (1).
How to develop a bleeding mole (Causes)?
There are several reasons to why your mole is bleeding. If your mole is bleeding you need to recall if you touched it because sometimes simple scratch may cause it to bleed. For instance, if you are wearing something with a sharp edge such as a bracelet it is probably not dangerous.
But if your skin is bleeding without touching it due to irritation or sudden inflammation you need to be concerned and visit your doctor immediately. Sometimes your mole might bleed naturally so you have to be careful not to make it worse by scratching (2).
Is a bleeding mole always cancer?
The probability of developing skin cancer from a bleeding mole is not that high, nevertheless in some cases yes moles can lead to cancer.
You have to keep in mind that the radiation from the sunlight is a reason behind skin cancer.
The rays of the sun may affect your skin and in ways that they react negatively and by the time they evolve into skin cancer that is why you need to be very careful exposing your skin to the sun. you need to avoid inflammation as well if you damage your skin you might end up suffering from skin cancer too (3).
Signs of Melanoma Skin Cancer
sometimes your mole can tell you a lot about cancer signs. All that you have to do is check your moles if they have the following:
This sign refers to the moles which have more than color. Sometimes a mole can have a light color and a darker one at the same time. If you notice your mole separated by two colors it means it is a sign of a melanoma and you need to consult your doctor
The border of your mole should be even in order for the mole to be harmless. If the border of your mole is in the shape of an uneven smudge. Sometimes it looks like the colored spot is stretching to a wider skin surface instead of being a colored even spot.
The Diameter is a sign of the wound development, if you notice the size getting bigger it means your condition is getting complicated. In such situation, you need to see a doctor because other cures are not helping.
If the mole and area surrounding it are turning red it means that your mole is getting more inflamed inside your skin. redness is a sign of the spread of the bacteria inside the skin. Again you need to visit a doctor for proper medications.
First of all, you need to avoid scratching you wound in order not to cause extra bleeding. Itchiness might get intense and addictive as well, you must refrain from scratching in order to heal faster.
If you are not able to recognize such signs you need to consult your doctor for a diagnosis.
What your doctor will do is extract a biopsy from the mole and analyze it in a medical laboratory for the results such procedure may take few days until the result come out.
So the earlier you take action the better. If you need a detailed explanation about the signs here is a link to an article about moles (4).
Why do moles bleed when you pick them?
moles typically bleed whenever you pick or scratch them. some people can not stand being that much itchy and they end up scratching their moles. This results in cuts because of aggressive scratching and long fingernails.
Your mole tissues are sensitive enough so if you expose them to further damage it might bleed in a severe manner.
If your mole gets irritated or inflamed you must not touch it or scratch it all you need to do is call your doctor if the bleeding takes a long period to heal.
What should I do if I accidentally scratched mole bleeding?
First of all, you absolutely must not scratch your mole especially if it is bleeding. This may cause further inflammation which may also lead to larger skin damage. However, if you scratch it by accident you may want to refrain from touching it.
What you need to do is apply an antibiotic on it and keep an eye on it and if it does not change in size, color or shape it is harmless and you do not need to consult a doctor. If it does change it is highly dangerous and you need to immediately call your doctor (5).
How to take care of a bleeding mole?
The healing of your mole depends on how good you take care of it. The first thing you must do in order to treat a bleeding mole is to take few initial preventions. These steps can be done before considering consulting a doctor:
- Apply antibiotic: You must apply antibiotics regularly in order to stop the spread of the bacterial elements to other areas of your body.
- Avoid scratching: Do not scratch your wound by any means even if it is extremely itchy. Scratching may cause bleeding or spread bacteria to your fingers and later touch other parts of your body. Apply a cold compress to relieve scratching.
- Protect it from the sun exposure: it’s the most important thing that you have to do. The sun exposure may worsen your healing process so you need to avoid it as much as possible.
The sun causes cancer so you need to avoid it as much as you can. If you do go out in under sunlight you need to apply sunscreen at all times (6).
How long does it take for a mole to stop bleeding?
A bleeding mole is sometimes a normal thing. but other times it is you who is causing the bleeding with touching and scratching.
The bleeding sometimes takes a short period of several minutes.
Other times the bleeding may take a long time from an hour to few hours nonstop.
The healing of the cut from the bleeding might take a long period of time if this ever happens to you it is necessary to visit your doctor in order to make sure that it is not a sign of skin cancer.
Mole won’t stop bleeding
The reason behind the severe bleeding of any mole is the damaged skin tissues which contain dirty blood that runs through the vessels.
Sometimes bleeding is not serious but if it happens more often and for a long period of times you must not neglect it and you need to apply a cold pack on it as well as pressure and call your doctor for further checkup.
If you feel uncomfortable with the bleeding you might ask your doctor to remove your mole in order to prevent future bleeding or irritation.
Since moles have a lot of blood vessels they will sometimes bleed for hours. Moles can be a pain and bleed the majority of the time but this does not mean they are always cancerous No.
The important thing is you need to be educated on the moles on your skin check them often and consult your doctor if you have concerns about them.
It is highly recommended that you take care of your skin carefully and protect it from external factors that might damage it especially the sunlight.