Hi Cindy, Thank you so much for telling me about your experience with this. I thought I was taking so long to heal up, but if it took you 6 weeks, and you are a lot younger than I am, well, I guess this is the way it is for everyone. That's tough for you having allergies to antibiotic creams.
The doctor recommended Neosporin on a band aid when I had the mole taken off. Actually, I think it made it heal up more slowly. Air couldn't get to it to form a scab. After three weeks I changed my tactic, and I made sure to wash it twice a day, and I put colloidal silver on it. When it got inflamed again I used the Neosporin and band aid for overnight. It's been 4 weeks, and I still have the scab.
I'm so glad to hear the next procedure with the stitches will actually heal quicker. I go back in 10 days to have it done. I am also scheduled to have regular mole checks every 4 months, but since it's melanoma they may want to see me more often.
Hi Nathanne, Yes, biopsies take forever to heal. Mine took 4-6 weeks no matter how big or small or deep the biopsy was, it took a while to heal. To make matters worse, I have very sensitive skin and am allergic to Polysporin and Neosporin. I break out in hives and a red itchy rash wherever I apply it so when I get biopsies I have to heal with the use of Bacitracin or Vaseline.
I have had three cases of stitches. The first case was for the malenoma that I had on my back when I was thirteen. I have a feeling it was quite deep because the Dermatologist said had I waited longer it would've grown into my back. The other two cases were for two moles that were not malignant but were removed because my doctors didn't like them anyway. You will recover better no matter how deep they dig. I think it's a much quicker healing process too, much shorter than biopsy spots.
Hi Cindy, Thanks so much for the information. This is very valuable to know. It's interesting, when I talk about this people are very curious, and it's nice that I can tell them accurate information about it.
Right now I am concerned about how deep the doctor has to dig to stage the melanoma. Like someone else said, just removing the mole was a mess to take care of, took 3 weeks to finally stop oozing. Now it has to be done all over again. It really took me by surprise when I found out it was positive for melanoma.
I'm glad to hear you are doing well, and have recovered from this. Take care. Nathanne
Hi 3HourLady, Welcome to our team. I'm Cindy, the administrator.
I am glad to hear that you caught this mole on your leg just "in the nick of time." These malenomas, or "moles," just appear out of nowhere for no apparent reason or cause. It's just like the nurse said, it has nothing to do with your life style. You can be as healthy as anyone else and avoid the sun at the same time and still get skin cancer.
Skin cancer is caused by two things: too much sun exposure or too little sun exposure. Most people diagnosed with malignant malenomas due to too much sun exposure. The latter part, too little sun exposure, is caused from not getting any sun in that region of your skin at all. When our skin is exposed to the sun, it develops Vitamin D. The Vitamin D helps regulate our skin cell growth, thus, preventing cancerous growths. There are people with this rare skin disease, I can't think of the name of it, to where they cannot go out in the sun at all. These people have had serious cases of malenomas due to no sun exposure.
You don't have to be a blonde to get skin cancer. You can be a brunette, blonde, red head, you can be of African-American, Latin, or Indian descent and still get skin cancer. However, it is known that caucasian people are known to be mostly at risk because we have a fair complexion. I would recommend checking out the websites on the forum. They will supply you with the best research and knowledge out there.
Again, welcome to the team and best of wishes on your leg. I know you will be fine.
I am so glad this team is here. I am 66, just found out the creepy mole on the back of my calf is indeed melanoma. I go back on the 18th to have more cut out to see how deep it goes. I am a brunette, have brown eyes, olive complected, so I never imagined I would be looking at skin cancer of any kind. I stay out of the sun, my legs are covered by long pants all the time. But...I freckle like crazy. My arms are covered in freckles, but there is nothing suspicious on my arms. My non tanned, non freckled leg is where it showed up.
This mole was real small at one time, and then recently it grew larger, about a half inch, so it got my attention. It is flat, almost black, with uneven edges. The dermatologist cut it off for the biopsy, but now they want to check further.
I am still in shock, we have no family history of skin cancer. I eat organic food, never smoked, don't drink, and I never did drugs. I was not a sun worshipper as a kid, and I take my vitamins and supplements. Still after all this careful behavior I got melanoma. The doctor said that aging causes the skin to grow nasty type things, and this has nothing to do with my lifestyle. In my case it's just from being older. My cancer fighting genes are not as fine tuned anymore.
The nurse said not to worry because if it looked serious they would have sent me to the specialist right away. My heart goes out to members of this team who have had to deal with this at a young age.
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