Back in November, I saw the nurse practitioner at the dermatologist’s office. I originally made the appointment because of a little lump on my back. I didn’t know that I also had a little mole on my back – it was in a spot that is hard to see. The NP told me that it was an odd shape and although she didn’t think it was anything to be concerned about, it should probably be removed. I realize that removing a mole was not something that was planned for that visit and she wasn’t an actual dermatologist, but I thought mole removal was something that dermatologists did. Instead of having me come back to see the dermatologist, she referred me to a plastic surgeon to have it removed.
Everything that I have read about mole removal talks about it being a simple in-office procedure. I had my appointment with the plastic surgeon on Friday. I expected to walk out of his office less one mole. That didn’t happen. Instead of walking out of his office less one mole, I walked out with papers to have the mole removed with outpatient surgery at the hospital.
To top that off, I have been getting hives since Christmas. Last Wednesday night, my back started getting itchy so I took some Benadryl and looked at my back. I had a couple little bumps on my back. When I got up Thursday morning, the little bumps were 3 big bumps. I Googled hives again to see if they could be big like that and I read that they could. When I saw the plastic surgeon on Friday, he thought they were warts and asked me why I thought they were hives. I told him that they have been coming and going since Christmas.
By Sunday, the three bumps were still there and I came to the conclusion that they were not hives. All the little ones have been gone in less than 24 hours. I looked for pictures of warts and I didn’t see anything that looked like what I had. I took a picture and emailed it to my sister who is a nurse. She said she is not a surgeon but she didn’t think that they were warts either. She didn’t answer my question of, “should I trust this guy to remove the mole from my back?”
She said that she thought that they could be some kind of bug bite but wasn’t sure. I started off by putting Cortaid cream on them when I thought they were hives. Then I switched to Neosporin.
I do have an appointment next week with the doctor that I see for my foot. He is not a podiatrist but a general practitioner that specializes in wounds. If they are still there then, I will ask him to look at them. If I am lucky, maybe he will pick up his knife and take the mole off to save me a trip to the hospital.