A mole is a miniature cluster of pigmented cells on the skin. They can form on any part of the body. It is important to note that a mole can be damaged and bleed. An individual can end up with a bleeding mole if one has been pulled, scratched or bumped on an object.
If damaged, the bordering skin underneath the mole can break and bleed which makes it appear as if it is bleeding. This simply means that the blood vessels beneath the mole have weakened and susceptible to damage.
Is skin cancer possible?
A bleeding mole might also be caused by skin cancer. If due to skin cancer, it can be accompanied by other signs. There are signs to watch out for if skin cancer is likely.
Some of these signs include:
- Asymmetry – one side has a different texture or shape than the opposite side
- Border – the mole has a vaguely defined border which makes it difficult to pinpoint where the skin ends and starts
- Color – the mole has variations in color or has an unusual shade such as red or white
- Diameter – lesser than the size of a pencil eraser is considered benign.
- Evolving – the shape is changing or only one appears different than the rest.
Management of a bleeding mole
If a bleeding mole is due to a bump or scratch, place a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol to sterilize the site and control the flow of blood. A bandage can also be applied to cover the site.
Make sure to avoid getting the adhesive on the site. In most cases, treatment is not necessary, but those that continue to bleed should be checked by a doctor. Further assessment is done, and a biopsy might be necessary.
More Information / Disclaimer
The information posted on this page on a bleeding mole is for learning purposes only. Learn to properly manage this by taking a standard first aid course with Ottawa First Aid.