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Bleeding spot

(5 Posts)
Sallyingforth Mon 20-May-13 13:54:02

A friend just asked me to look at a spot that's on her back where she can't see it.
It looks like ordinary acne, definitely not a mole. But apparently it's a permanent feature - she's had it for years. Every few weeks, it comes to a head and bleeds, then dries up. But then it comes to a head again and repeats the process. The doctor told her it's just acne, but couldn't explain why it never heals. Has anyone ever experienced this?

tabbycat15 Tue 21-May-13 05:36:50

If it's not healing up then she should get it checked out again. See a different Dr just to check it's not a melanoma.

gingeroots Tue 21-May-13 08:48:45

I've got something similar on my upper arm .

It's like a little blood vessel close to the skin ,if I knock or scratch it it will bleed ,if it doesn't get knocked the skin gets thicker over it and it's ok for a while .

Sallyingforth Tue 21-May-13 09:43:45

Thanks for the advice. I have already told her to see another gp but she seems reluctant.

OrlaKiely Tue 21-May-13 10:00:56

It could be just a cyst - a sebaceous cyst or similar. They can fill up and then if you don't remove them, the little 'sac' just fills up again.

Bit like a blocked hair follicle or something.

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