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    Old 07-02-2019, 01:50 AM   #1
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    Distinguishing between persistent, itchy scab and melanoma

    Two weeks ago, a skin irritation appeared on the top of my left foot. I initially thought it was a scab from some minor irritation I may not have noticed - even though the sandals I've been wearing do not have contact with that part of the skin at all.

    The fact that this scab:

    - does not heal as expected
    - seems to be slightly growing in diameter
    - is becoming itchy

    makes me wonder if this might in fact be an early melanoma, even though it does not necessarily have other melanoma characteristics such as asymmetry, unevenness or multi-coloring.

    Is this something worth having looked at by a dermatologist, or whether it is likely to be a benign scab after all.

    Thank you for any opinions!

     
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    Old 07-02-2019, 08:20 AM   #2
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    Re: Distinguishing between persistent, itchy scab and melanoma

    Could possibly be an ingrown hair/ irritated or blocked pore(s), and once scratched can cause a scab Initiating continued cycle; insect bite; allergy; eczema; fungal or bacterial infection....

    What have you used on the area? There are otc products that contain steroid, antibiotic, antihistamine or antifungal and worth a try to see if there is any improvement.

    I can relate, and with any issues I ask my husband check it out with a jewellers loupe

    If it doesn't improve or gets worse or you are very concerned at this point... then definitely see a dermatologist.

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    Old 07-02-2019, 09:23 AM   #3
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    Re: Distinguishing between persistent, itchy scab and melanoma

    Have not used any products in that area at all. I will see a doctor if it doesn't appear to go away in a few days. Thanks for your reply!

     
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    Old 07-02-2019, 10:56 PM   #4
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    Re: Distinguishing between persistent, itchy scab and melanoma

    You're welcome....Please let us know the outcome of the appointment.

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    Old 07-03-2019, 01:24 AM   #5
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    Re: Distinguishing between persistent, itchy scab and melanoma

    Had it checked and it's not melanoma, just a wound.

    Thanks again for your response.

     
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    Re: Distinguishing between persistent, itchy scab and melanoma

    Good to hear all is OK...hope it heals with no issues.

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