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Allergies: The Unbearable Sniffing, Sneezing and Drainage

My name is Marilyn Baker, and I have horrible allergies. I’m 42 years old and have been suffering from allergies since I was a child. I have seasonal and environmental allergies. Allergies plague me year round. When I was young, my parents even moved to a dryer area in the hope of helping me. Over the past eight years, I have done extensive research both through doctors and online. I have managed to come up with some combinations that have helped me a great deal. My allergies aren’t gone, but they have become manageable. I do have to have allergy shots, but I also use some natural remedies. I am happy to be able to share my findings with you here on my blog. I hope you can find some of this of value.

Allergies: The Unbearable Sniffing, Sneezing and Drainage

Get The Facts: Is It Dangerous To Remove Moles At Home?

by Clifton Davidson

If you have moles on your face, neck or other body areas, you may purchase mole removal products from a retail pharmacy or store to get rid of them. However, you should see a doctor before you remove the growths on your own. It can be dangerous to do so, especially if you don't know what kind of growths you have on your skin. There are two types of moles: common and dysplastic nevus. The moles have distinct features that help you recognize them. Here are things to know about common moles and dysplastic nevus moles, as well as why it's dangerous to remove them at home.

What's the Difference Between Common Moles and Dysplastic Nevus Moles?

Almost every adult, teen and child has one or more common moles on their body. Your doctor calls these types of moles common because they can develop at any time in your life, including before birth. Common moles also form on skin that's repeatedly exposed to the sun.

If you love to spend time out in the sun, such as jogging or gardening, you can develop moles on any body part that receives direct sunlight. Your face, hands and neck are the most frequently exposed areas of skin to form moles.

When common moles are not cancerous, they look:

  • Smooth and slightly rounded in the center 
  • Black, brown, pink, or tan in color
  • Oval or round in shape

If your moles have the features above, they may be healthy. If the moles change color, itch, increase in size, or develop bumps on their surfaces, contact your doctor for a skin examination.

However, dysplastic moles can form on their own and in places you least expect, such as on your scalp and beneath your breasts. The moles generally have raised centers that look bumpy or rough. Sometimes, dysplastic moles can look flat or even with the skin surrounding them. They also develop an intense itchy sensation that doesn't go away when you scratch them. You should see your doctor immediately if your moles have these distinct features.

What Could Possibly Go Wrong With Removing Your Moles?

Removing moles that contain cancerous cells can be dangerous. The cells inside the moles will still be present in your skin, even if you remove all of the growths. The cells can develop into new moles, or they can spread to other body areas and cause cancer in these locations.

Instead of placing your health at risk, contact your doctor for a detailed skin exam. If the doctor suspects that you have cancerous moles, he or she will perform a biopsy of each mole's cells to verify his or her findings. Biopsy means to remove a small section of body tissue or cells and look at them under a microscope.

The biopsy sample can reveal the stage and type of cancer you have, which helps the doctor prescribe the right treatment. In most cases, the complete removal of the moles and the skin around them is the most common treatment. However, your treatment may be different, depending on what your doctor recommends or decides to do.

Although OTC mold removal products can work, you should avoid them. Your doctor like one from Advanced Dermatology & Skin Cancer Specialists can remove your moles safely, as well as protect your health.