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Is it normal for a mole to just suddenly appear on your skin?

By June 16, 2008 - 1:08pm
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We just noticed a small blackish brown mole on our toddlers thigh that has appeared out of nowhere. It is dark brown in color and is quite small but noticeable. It has not changed in size or color or consistency since it sprouted but it hasn't been that long. It wasn't there a few weeks ago - this is brand new.

Does anyone know why this would happen? Is it something that needs to be seen by a doctor or is this common?

She has very fair skin and wears a factor 50 sunblock at all times and has no other moles or freckles.


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I already had some moles but during the past two days, my moles have increased. There are twenty more moles. I am 12 years old. There are about 20 more moles on my body. I am very worried and will soon go to the dermatologist.

December 20, 2016 - 2:51am
EmpowHER Guest

i have recently found pale moles on my skin is this normal tell me because i dont understand all of that scientific stuff

June 22, 2010 - 9:09am
(reply to Anonymous)

Please review the previous posts (just one-click away on this same discussion thread), as the information is VERY helpful and not "scientific" at all! The basic information is: if the mole has changed in color or shape, is extremely different than other moles, than it is a good idea to have it checked out by a dermatologist.

Otherwise, most moles are not cancerous, and adults can have new moles "appear" that are perfectly normal.

June 22, 2010 - 12:44pm
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I have a similar concern with sudden mole appearing on my two year old. It is about 2-3 mm and is round. I am concerned because it is exceptionally dark, almost black. Also, earlier today it was swollen and tall. Now it has come down again and the black spot is recessed. His doctor thought it was a scab, but I (nor any mother I spoke to) has seen a scab like that. Also, it does not soften when kept moist. Don't scabs do that? I decided to take him to the dermatologist rather than waiting for the doctor to call me back with the referal. Everywhere I look it says you should take any "changing" moles to the dermatologist immediately. Would you agree with this approach?

August 5, 2009 - 2:56pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

This sounds exactly like what I have found on my daughter. I'm freaking out and the dermatologist appointment is a week away. Please let me know what ever happened

June 1, 2016 - 8:16pm
(reply to Anonymous)

Any "changing" moles should be looked at, but the word "immediately" means to make an appointment with the dermatologist (it is not life-or-death situation "immediate"). It's scary with the toddlers and little children to have any changes appear on their bodies, and I do think it's a good idea to have it looked at by a doctor.

This question was posted a while ago...I would love to hear what the dermatologist found!

June 22, 2010 - 12:51pm
EmpowHER Guest

I was just reading to my six year old and noticed he has developed a tiny black mole near his hair line on his forehead, and then counted five more in a curved line down his neck and then in toward his throat. They are all spaced almost exactly apart on his right side. I was concerned that I hadn't noticed these before and am pretty sure they have just appeared. Is it normal for this "pattern" to occur ( almost like along his neck and t-shirt line) or is this something I should be concerned with?
They all look the same color and are small. He has very fair skin, and has been in the sun more since it is summer vacation. The strange "pattern" or line of where they formed is really what I am most concerned about.

June 30, 2009 - 8:03pm
EmpowHER Guest

I would recommend getting a dermatologist to check and then set a regular regimen of checks. A good dermatologist will likely want to check every year (or more often if you are in the sun belt).

May 27, 2009 - 7:26am
EmpowHER Guest

it come out on my boyfriend in 2 days all of a sudden approximate 20 mole's

is this normal for a man 40 years old?
the new moles are black brown.
i am waiting for an answer, please.
Im sorry for my english..
Thank you

May 26, 2009 - 4:17pm
(reply to Anonymous)

Anon, are you saying that he's gotten 20 new moles in the last couple of days?

Is he sure that they are all new? Are they all in one area? If so, where?Is it in an area exposed to the sun?

May 27, 2009 - 8:41am
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