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This is potentially a very large subject, and the existing internet resources not very good. I hope someone with some real knowledge can extend and correct my attempt. Zeimusu 13:28, 2004 Aug 27 (UTC)

Table format[edit]

At the risk of being picky is there some way to change the table : it doesn't look very good. The width of the columns and the amount of text in the boxes makes it messy. What about merdging some of the columns in e.g. occurrance and typical size? 09:46, 12 February 2007 (UTC)

Merging with nevus[edit]

I do not support the merging of this page with nevus. There are many nevi which are not birthmarks, as well as many birthmarks which are not nevi. —Brim 03:27, 5 November 2005 (UTC)

The dictionary definition (wiktionary:naevus, only mentions naevi as "congenital" or "arising ... early in life". I'd say that though the words aren't completely synonymous there is a fair amount of overlap, I'd support a merge. Zeimusu | Talk page 13:24, 5 November 2005 (UTC)
That's not true at all. How many newborn babies do you see with moles all over their bodies? Contrast this to the number of adults you see with moles. Nevus is a bit of a blanket term for skin disorders, and there are about 20 or more different types of nevi. It would be highly incorrect to merge this articles. —Brim 04:11, 6 November 2005 (UTC)

I don't support this. Many naevi occur later in life. Don't you find you get more moles as you get older? They're not the same thing at all. However, it seems to me that all birthmarks are naevi. I don't think merging is a good idea, though. --Mike C | talk 00:02, 6 November 2005 (UTC)

there is no mention of freckles, even to say that they're in a different catagory. maybe a link at the bottom to that article? (talk) 15:02, 25 July 2008 (UTC)

Mole (skin marking)[edit]

Before I merged any articles I would recommend also checking out Mole (skin marking)

Moles (melanocytic naevi) are a subset of naevi and one about which there is much to say, it should definitely stay seperate from these others. --Mike C | talk 11:07, 12 November 2005 (UTC)

I am sorry but you are wrong. In fact there is a small portion of children that are born with moles. Let me tell you the story of my 8 month old nephew. Rod, my nephew, was born with a giant congenital nevus and a few satellites (named so because they are not big enough to be giant and are bigger than normal nevus - somewhere between the size of a large coin to the size of a fist, in a baby!). As Rob gets older, more and more normal nevus appear everywhere, just like the majority of our family, and I suspect this will carry on into adulthood. We did not see it as a problem until my nephew was born and we were devastated by Rob’s skin condition. Very soon we started realizing that most of us had moles that we had been ignoring and turned out to be the same problem on a smaller scale. My belief is that this should be merged, as he is developing different types of nevi, just like the family, but the most likely cause of the various nevi in the family is probably linked. I could go into genes and all but I am sure it's unnecessary but having this genetic makeup in the family has to have an explanation. As there is not yet extensive research on this, these two conditions should be merged. DaCunha 00:38, 1 December 2006 (UTC)

i was wondering if it was possible for anyone to just make changes to pages on Wikipedia without having to get it approved or anything. If it is then I strongly think that something should be done about that because it would be easy for people to change information on these pages so that it is incorrect, thus making this website unreliable.

See Wikipedia:Overview FAQ. --Mathew5000 03:40, 10 March 2007 (UTC)

Birthmark shapes[edit]

If this is any help I have a star shaped birthmark on the back of my scalp. From Anon. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 06:40, 16 April 2007 (UTC).

Sure it's not just a gummy bear?



What about birthmarks that change the color of someone's hair? I went to school with a guy who had a tiny little patch of blond in his strikingly jet black hair that he always called a birthmark. Then I was just reading that Dashboard Confessional's lead singer Chris Carrabba has a similar mark.

Do these types of birthmark have a name and what info can be added to the article about them? Very interesting stuff. Jihiro (talk) 16:12, 10 August 2008 (UTC)

I don't know but that is cool. To have black hair and a blonde spot. Wish I could. =( —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:27, 29 November 2010 (UTC)

Mongolian blue spots[edit]

I made some changes to the nature of the mongolian blue spot. First off i'm questioning the validity of this dr green website it references because mongolian blue spots do not disappear after birth or before puberty. I myself am Korean and my whole family who are all over 21 still carry the birthmark. Almost 90% of Koreans, Manchurians(NE China nowadays), and Mongolians carry this birthmark and they last forever. The Chinese have a blue spot at birth which disappears usually after a few days however this is not the same hereditary birth mark as the Mongolian blue spot.


Birthmarks, as a whole, are extremely under researched. I've been on a few trips with my Grandfather(quite a while back) to a few Native American reservations(most/virtually all of these tribes untouched by european blood, mind you) on some medical assistance/help/etc/what have you(he was a great overall doctor(pediatrics, Geriatrics, PCP, etc..etc..what have you...but most of the time he helped the young(babies, children, w/e) )...and have come across this mongolian spot a few times, as well as him. But nothing close to 90, or even 75 percent. I've been to a few states, Canada, and a couple of countries south of the border with him. Maybe his opinion would have been considered(more or less) as expert. It is unfortunate he is no longer with us. He was a lovely, pleasant man...with a cheery disposition, and is missed by many people. (talk) 01:55, 27 September 2010 (UTC)


This whole article needs going through properly and citation added. Why cant people cite as they write makes life easier in the long run Delighted eyes (talk) 11:52, 1 July 2014 (UTC)

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