Mole is a medical term that characterizes a mucosa or abrasion of the skin that is chronic, circumscribed and visible. Moles are pigmented, small areas on the skin. The condition can be either acquired or congenital, this means that it can exist already since birth and is then called birthmark.
A mole (also called birthmark or nevus) refers to a pigmented, circumscribed benign malformation of the skin. If the malformation results from a proliferation of pigment cells (melanocytes), it is called melanocytic nevus. Depending on the location of the melanocytes, which arrange themselves in clusters or strings, moles can have different shapes, may be flat or raised. However, if the malformation merely results from a proliferation of melanin, the pigment produced by melanocytes, it will lead to freckles, Mongolian spots or aging spots, depending on the location. Those are called melanonical nevi.
The condition is caused by groups of cells that are visible in the skin. These cells that are pigmented are called melanocytes. It is not clear why these cells gather on the skin but research says that the clusters can be connected to localized defects of certain genes. It is not possible to prevent these cells to gather. Moles can have different appearances depending on skin types. Moles come with different colors including dark brown, yellow-brown or other different colors of human flesh. Moles can also be raised or flat. They can be warty, smooth or hairy. Most of time, the condition is harmless. However, in some cases, moles can get cancerous, triggering a possibly fatal tumor named malignant melanoma. This explains why it is important to check moles and visit a doctor or dermatologist regularly if moles get suddenly larger, their border becomes irregular, get inflamed or darker, shows some changes in their color, starts itching, cracking, or bleeding, or becomes painful.
A self-monitoring moles is important. As soon as an irregularity (asymmetry), a fuzzy boundary, a color change, an increasing growth, itching or bleeding is noticed, go as soon as you can to a dermatologist. It could be that a atypical mole is a malignant melanoma, the most dangerous skin cancer type. It is particularly important to ensure adequate sun protection (sunscreen, long sleeves, caps or hats) and to get regular medical checks.
Several years of work in academia, medical practice and finally commercialization make it possible to provide an end-to-end process to help users to “find the appropriate medical help based on their present symptoms”. Below you will find a short explanation, showing you which part of the platform will help you best in finding the appropriate medical support.
Proceed as follows to enter your current symptoms.
Click on the appropriate body part on the picture. Select one/multiple symptoms corresponding to your complaint.
You can also add symptoms by typing your medical complaint in the search box and selecting the best matching suggestion.
Note: Your information will be kept anonymously.
Once you have selected all applicable symptoms, click the “analyze disease pattern”-button.
Accordingly, you will get a list of possible diseases and matching doctor categories who can further help you.
You can inform yourself about the possible diseases by reading the related information. But you can also return to the previous step and add more symptoms or delete already added ones to further narrow down your disease pattern.
Click on the desired doctor category to find a doctor who can help you.
If you are logged in with your profile, you will be displayed the appropriate doctors in your area. Otherwise you can enter an address in the “address” field and you will be displayed a doctor’s list around that specified address.
You will receive further information about the displayed doctors when you press on “details”.
Online bookable doctors in your area will be indicated with the notation “Book appointment” or “Book externally”, additionally they will be displayed on top of the list for your convenience.
Click on “Book appointment” to start the online appointment booking process with the desired doctor.
Please select an available appointment. “Green“ appointments are booked directly. “Red“ appointments need to be confirmed by the doctor.
Enter your general personal and health information.
Enter your present medical symptoms.
Enter your mobile phone number to identify yourself and you can finalize the appointment booking.
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