Melanoma that looks like a pimple

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How to know if it’s nodular melanoma or a pimple

A melanoma pimple will typically present itself as a firm red, brown or skin-colored bump that many doctors may misdiagnose as a pimple or harmless blemish. The main difference to note is that these bumps will not feel soft like a pimple, but rather will be firm or hard to the touch. Read More: What does a normal mole look like? Melanoma pimples grow rapidly downwards into the skin and don’t always follow the ABCDE self-check method of detection, but there are still some clear symptoms to look out for:
  • A new mole, blemish or bump that is not normal for your skin
  • An increase in the depth or height of an existing bump or mole, especially if it comes with no other warning signs
  • The beginning of a bump that looks clear like a bubble or blister on the skin and continues to grow after the first 3 weeks.
  • A lump that feels firm to the touch.
Read More: Common skin lesions

Other things to note on melanoma

Pay attention to the following:
  • A melanoma pimple is more likely to grow as a new bump, mole or discoloration. It is less likely to develop from an existing mole or bump, although that is still possible.
  • In case a lump or bump stays the same over time, it is less likely to be melanoma.
  • Lumps that arise quickly and then subside are more likely to be a result of inflammation, like pimples.
Read More: Early melanoma symptoms and how to spot them If you have any suspicions at all, visit a doctor or dermatologist immediately to have the spot checked out. Also be sure to educate yourself on the common warning signs of melanoma and check your skin for changes regularly.
"The melanoma could have been on my arm for years"
Andrew Bartlett
United Kingdom
"The melanoma could have been on my arm for years"
Andrew Bartlett
United Kingdom

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