At the Turloughmore Health Centre we run a Minor Surgery Clinic.
This includes the removal of skin lesions such as skin tags, some moles, sun spots and sebaceous cysts under a local anesthetic and you can go home immediately after the procedure.
Any moles or skin lesions that are removed are sent to the hospital laboratory for analysis.
We also offer Cryotherapy to freeze off warts, verrucas and some skin lesions.
For painful stiff joints we may be able to provide pain relief by injecting the affected joint with a local anesthetic and steroid, or drain off any excess fluid from the joint which may have accumulated.
If you have private Health Insurance (VHI, Aviva or Laya) this will cover the cost of the procedure and you do not have to pay directly for it.
These procedures are also done in the hospitals but waiting lists are usually much longer.
If you have a worrisome mole that has changed in any way it is important to get it checked by your GP.
ABCDE of Moles
If you draw a line through this mole, the two halves will not match, meaning it is asymmetrical, a warning sign for melanoma.
The borders of an early melanoma tend to be uneven, the edges may be scalloped or notched.
Having a variety of colours is another warning sign. A number of different shades of brown, tan or black could appear. A melanoma may also become red, white or blue.
Melanomas usually are larger in diameter than the size of the eraser on your pencil (1/4 inch or 6mm), but they may sometimes be smaller when first detected.
When a mole is evolving see a doctor. Any change in size, shape, colour, elevation, or another trait, or any new symptom such as bleeding, itching or crusting - points to danger.