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.
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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.
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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.
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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.