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Moles can grow on the head, as they are not caused by sun exposure. The concern always is if a mole is changing - as that has a higher rate of cancer.
My first concern, though, is whether this is a mole or possibly a tick.
I think I know what a tick looks like (on horses anyway) - and this does not look like that. It is flat - and not itchy or bothering him. the hair is growing normally through it. I just wondered if it was unusual and therefor somethng to worry about.
Okay. When you said a mole I assumed it was raised (and that's what was bothering you).
It is normal to have something like you describe, and not something worrisome.
Because there is a higher rate of malignancies in moles, and because it is in an area that will be exposed to the sun to some degree throughout his life, I would keep a close eye on it. If you see changes in size, color, or shape then you would need to get it checked out right away.
Okay thank you very much. I will continue to apply spf 50 each day and as you say keep an eye on it. Many thanks for getting back to me so quickly.
sorry just to be sure - when you say raised - it might be ever so slightly raised off the surface of the scalp - but it is not lumpy if you know what I mean. Is this still okay?
Slightly raised could be a tick.
Please hold for one minute while I try to find a link for you to look at, that would have pictures.
Here's one picture
I found a number of pictures by searching "tick in scalp" and think it would be better if you looked through the pictures so you can make sure that these pictures don't look like what is going on in your son's scalp.
I see you are offline. I will change this to a question and answer session (instead of live chat) so you don't get charged extra.
I hope I have given you excellent service.
Hi again - sorry I had to go offline as it was 1am here (Malaysia) and I needed to go to my bed.
Thank you so much for your steer though. I have looked at the pictures on the web of 'tick in scalp' and some of them do look similar to what my son's 'mole' looks like (the less angry ones - and certainly not those that show the tick itself).
If it were a tick - is there a lotion or potion I can apply to get rid of it? Or is there anything he needs to take e.g. tablets - or will it get better on it's own? The only thing that makes me still think it is a mole is the fact that it is not itchy or bothersome to him. I thought perhaps a tick might be both those things. Again I appreciate your view on this.