Most bumps, spots, growths, or
moles do not need any type of home treatment. But the following measures
may be helpful:
- Keep the area clean and dry. Wash with a
mild soap and warm (not hot) water. Do not
- Avoid irritating the area.
- Do not squeeze, scratch, or pick at the
- Leave the area exposed to the air whenever possible.
- Adjust your clothing to avoid rubbing the bump or spot, or cover
it with a bandage.
- Conceal a mole or birthmark if you are embarrassed
by how it looks. Many cosmetics are designed for this purpose.
- Shower after swimming or using a hot tub to rinse off
chlorine or salt water. Use a moisturizer after showering.
a skin self-exam to learn about your skin. This will help you spot new skin
- Eat a balanced diet and drink plenty of fluids each day. For more information, see the topic
Symptoms to watch for during home treatment
Call your doctor if any of the following occur during home
- Signs of a
skin infection develop.
- A mole or colored
- Bleeds or forms an
- Changes in size, shape, or
- Becomes sensitive, itchy, or painful.
- Symptoms do not improve, become more severe or
frequent, or don't go away.
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
December 27, 2012
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