Mole on Scalp in Children, Adults, Causes, Treatment & Removal
A mole on scalp is a small dark growth that can be flat or raised. These growths can occur on any part of the body, they can also occur in both children and adult. Moles are benign, this means they do not pose any health risk.
Unlike a cancerous growth, a mole will often have the same shape and color throughout the spin of life. It does not change its characteristics, if it does, we recommend you have your doctor look at it as soon as possible.
Moles can develop on any part of the body, most people will have more than 30 moles, and it is common for them to change in appearance over time. Some might even disappear with age. In most people, hormonal changes may cause the mole to become darker, bigger and increase in number.
Melanoma on scalp
Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that starts in the melanocytes. Unlike a normal mole, melanoma is potentially dangerous as it can invade nearby tissues and spread to other parts of the body. Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer.
Though it is possible for a mole to turn into a melanoma, the national cancer institute notes that common mole will rarely turn into melanoma. People with more than 50 moles have an increased risk of developing melanoma.
A mole on the scalp may be a melanoma if it shows the following symptoms:
- One half of the growth is not equal to the other
- The border of the mole may be irregular, scalloped or notched
- The mole keeps evolving, changing size, shape, and color. In most cases, it will turn black
- It keeps growing and increasing
- The mole may regularly change in color or have uneven color
Pictures of mole on scalp
What causes mole on scalp?
Moles on scalp can develop due to a variety of reasons. A common cause is an exposure to harmful UV rays from the sun. Children are also likely to develop the moles if one or both the parents have had the growths before.
Risk factor for developing these growths include the following:
1. Having a fair skin
Those with a fair skin have increased risk of developing a mole than those with dark skin. This can be attributed to the reduced amount of melanin pigments in the skin that protects against harmful UV rays from the sun.
For those with a fair skin, tanning can increase the chances of them having the moles not only on scalp but also on other parts of the body.
Both tanning bed and direct exposure to the sun can damage your skin can increase the chances of you having the moles. Increased production of melanin to protect the skin ends up causing the growth of dark spots.
3. Excessive use of chemical
Chemicals from medicine and creams used on scalp may lead to unwanted reactions that increase your risk of developing moles on scalp.
Most of these chemicals contain high concentration of dangerous elements that cause your skin to overreact creating clustering of cells pigments that form moles.
4. Hormonal fluctuations
Hormonal imbalances during adolescence and during pregnancy is also a possible cause of skin moles. This can be attributed to increased production of melanin triggered by increased or decreased production of certain chemical hormones in the body.
5. Trauma and injuries on scalp
Damage to the scalp from razor cuts that take long to heal may contribute to the formation of scalp moles.
According to mayo clinic, a typical mole is a brown spot on skin. They add that moles, however, come in a wide variety of shape, size, and color.
For a normal mole, the color and texture will range from brown, tan, black, red, blue to pink. The mole can be wrinkled, raised or flat. It is normal to have hair growing from them.
Moles’ shape, on the other hand, can either be oval or round. Unlike a cancerous growth, the shape does not change during the lifespan of the mole.
In most cases, the size of the mole will usually be less than ¼ inch in diameter. For children, moles present at birth can be much bigger, they are known to cover a wide area of face, limb or scalp.
We recommend you see your dermatologist if you have a mole that:
- Develops suddenly
- Is very painful, itches or burns
- Bleeds or oozes
- Grows back after removing it
Scalp mole in children
Moles are common skin growth that can occur to anyone. Most people including children have at least one or two moles on their body. These growths can form on any part of the body including on scalp, soles of feet, and palm of hands.
In children just as in adults, moles form from cells called melanocytes. Melanocytes are cell pigment that gives your skin color. These cells may cluster together to form dark spots on skin, these dark spots are known as moles.
When children are born with this spots, they are referred to as congenital moles. If they develop them after birth, they are known as acquired moles.
Types of scalp moles
Often times, a mole will develop under different circumstance. Different types of moles will, therefore, have varying color, size and shape, the good news is that mole of the moles can be completely treated.
Moles can either be congenital, acquired or atypical, a type of moles that crust, bleed and itch.
On the scalp, a mole can appear as follows:
a) Red mole on scalp
Red moles are the most common. They can at times be referred to as Nevus Rubi or Nevus cherry or simply as cherry angiomas.
They are common in people with fair skin than in those with a dark skin. They are often raised and are made up of different blood vessels, this makes the ooze or bleeds when scratched.
Red moles are rarely dangerous, they are benign but we recommend you have them checked out if they become painful, swollen, change color or develop irregular shape.
b) Pink mole on scalp
A pink mole can be rough, scaly and flaky and will often time appear as a waxy growth. They are caused by medical disorders that affect cell formation. This will include excessive exposure to the sun, age and heredity factors.
Pink moles are harmless, if you, however, develop them in your twenties, you will need them to be checked out as soon as possible.
c) Black mole on scalp
A black mole is more likely to be cancerous. They are more common in dark skin people than in those with a fair skin. This can be attributed to an increased amount of melanin.
Dark brown or black mole are often associated with melanoma, an urgent biopsy is required to determine whether the mole is cancerous or not. If it shows any signs of a cancerous growth, ABCDE signs, then it will need to be removed as soon as possible.
d) White mole on scalp
White moles are rare, they do not form on their own. Normally, a white ring will form over an already existing mole. The ring forms as an immune response to increased UV rays exposure that damage the skin around a mole.
The white ring will often disappear as after the mole clears or fades away.
e) Raised mole on scalp
Often time moles on the scalp will appear to be raised or elevated. A raised mole can be annoying, making it had to shave or maintain certain hairstyles.
Raised moles have increased a concentration of blood vessels, a cut can cause them to bleed, become very painful and even increase the risk of an infection.
f) Flat mole on scalp
A mole can also be flat, this is caused by a reduced concentration of blood vessel and melanocytes. If it shows no other symptoms, then you can leave it to clear on its own, however, it can nice to have it check out just to be sure.
g) Itchy mole on scalp
A mole may itchy, irritate or become painful as a result of swelling or getting infected. This is common after the mole has been injured.
An itchy mole may also be a sign of melanoma, if the mole itches when not injured, then you will need to have your dermatologist look at it as soon as possible. Remember, melanoma is the most serious form of cancer.
How to remove mole from scalp
Often times, moles need not be treated, however, if they grow too large, itch or bothers you, you might choose to have them removed. If your dermatologists suspect the mole to be cancerous, then he or she is more likely to recommend you have it removed. A biopsy will be required to confirm this.
To remove or get rid of a mole on scalp, the following might be used:
1. Surgical excision
Used for large moles, your dermatologist will numb your skin then cut the whole mole out. After the procedure, your skin is then closed up with stitches.
2. Surgical shave
Used to remove small moles on scalp. First, your skin numbed, then the dermatologist uses a small blade to remove the raised moles. In this procedure, no stitches are required.
This procedure involves burning part of skin to remove the mole. The procedure destroys some tissue in an attempt to mitigate bleeding and damage.
Cauterization minimizes the risk of undesired growth and other medical potential harm such as an infection. Liquid nitrogen may be used to freeze off the moles.
4. Laser mole removal
This procedure utilizer’s specific wavelength of light to interact with tissue. It thus can be used to destroy cancerous growths and get rid of a mole.
After removing a mole on scalp, the recovery time will often depend on the type of procedure used to get rid of the growth. Recovery time will also depend on the amount of tissue removed. For a potentially malignant mole, our doctor will cut off some tissue around and underneath the mole. This will help prevent abnormal cell growth.
The American Academy of Dermatologist recommends applying antibiotic after treatment to reduce the risk of an infection. If you notice any abnormal signs like bleeding, wound discharge, fever or severe pain after the procedure, report it to your doctor as soon as possible.
What does it mean to have a mole on scalp? Superstitions
Astrologists have interpreted moles on scalp to mean different things. In most of the cases, the interpretation will vary depending on gender, and location of the mole.
The science of interpreting the meaning of moles, MOLEOSOPHY is an extension of astrology and palmistry. You can look this up in a book, Secrets of Mole Reading, co-authored by mole expert Hiralal Jethwany from India.
In ancient time, moles on children were used to predict the child’s future in terms of marriage, careers, social life and how successful they would grow to be or not. Common such interpretations will include:
- Mole on the right side of the body can be a sign that she will have more sons when occurring on the left it meant more daughters
- If you had two moles close to one another, it meant you needed to be extra careful with your marital affairs
- Mole on either ear meant more wealth
- When occurring on tongue it meant the person would be a great orator
- When occurring on the right should It meant the person would be wise and prudent
- When occurring on the soles of feet it meant the person would undertake frequent journeys
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- Health Line, Itchy mole: https://www.healthline.com/health/itchy-mole#overview1
- American Academy Of Dermatologist, 5 Signs your child’s mole need to be checked: https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/bumps-and-growths/moles/moles-in-children
- National cancer institute, common moles, and risk of melanoma: https://www.cancer.gov/types/skin/moles-fact-sheet
- National Health Services, skin cancer: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Malignant-Melanoma/Pages/Introduction.aspx