Evidently I really do know the back of my hand like the back of my hand because I had a minor freak out last week when a mole magically appeared on my left hand.
I’m 99% sure it was not there during the prior 33 years and some-odd months of my life, but suddenly it was there. At first I thought it was just dirt, but it wouldn’t wash off. It wasn’t a scab either because I couldn’t pick it off. It was either a new mole or someone had tattooed a dot on my hand while I slept.
It didn’t have any attributes of skin cancer (see the A, B, C, D, E of skin cancer here), so I was just going to write it off as one of the many weird things that happens when your body ages. It must be the next step after the development of that one, curly dark hair I have to pluck off my chin once a month. Not much longer until I’ll need to trim my nose hairs, right?
Then something even weirder happened. The mole got magically lighter!
Fortunately I had taken a photo of the dark mole two days ago in preparation for blogging about it, so I have proof that this happened and I’m not hallucinating. But seriously, what the hell is going on here? I’ve heard of freckles lightening and darkening depending on how much exposure they have to the sun, but this thing changed color instantly. Is it going to get dark again? Disappear completely?
Has anyone else had this happen to them? Are there any dermatologists reading that have experience with magically disappearing moles? I’ll be keeping an eye on it, for sure.
It’s lupus. Always is lupus 😉
On a serious note, I don’t think this is anything to worry about…
It’s not always lupus. Sometimes it’s sarcoidosis. 🙂
Hello! I am a big fan of your blog. I work in the oncology field (data not patient aspect). Please let a dermatologist take a look at it. There is a 99% chance it is nothing but disappearing moles/freckles can be a sign of something more serious. If you have a decent amount of freckles and/or moles on your skin it is a good idea to see a dermatologist yearly so they can monitor your skin for changes. 🙂
(((RUNS TO BODY CHECK LIKE THE HIGHLYSUGGESTIBLE MISFIT SHE IS)))
It’s so tiny that hopefully it’s just sun exposure, but it is strange that it would change that much. It can be hard to get into a dermatologist as a new patient.
My GP looked at all my moles and freckles (I have a lot) as part of my recent physical so that’s always an option.
It’s always fun to see a new post from you even if it is just your hand.
This is weird but I’ve got a spot just like that. On the same hand but only a 1cm away. I’ve near had it before and I freaked out considering I’m on 21. No fading or anything so I’ll keep a look on it
manga chi says
i’m 19 and similar thing happened to me just the difference is i have that kind of mole appear in my finger. thigh, shin and ankle. its been about month since i noticed them but doesn’t show any sign of fading or anything.