I'm still in the relatively early stages of watching out for recurrence. In march I had a WLE and SNLB (negative) for a 2b melanoma on my ear. I'm vigilant about watching for signs of melanoma but am still so confused. I've been to numerous doctors and oncologists. I'm trying to learn what to watch for and what to worry about. They basically all say that anything can be a sign of melanoma, which is not super comforting. I've been worrying over red spots as now I am getting them due to summer and covering my skin more when I exercise. I have a derm appointment next week but was looking to get some early thoughts. I have a newer red mark below my collar bone near the center of my chest from late last week that is very slightly raised - much smaller than a grain of rice. It seems to react to hydrocortisone cream and becomes less red until I irritate it exercising. I had another bump like it somewhat near by that I can still kind of see but is no longer red and has drastically shrunk in size.
I'm going to ask the derm next week but I was wondering
1. would melanoma react to hydrocortisone and become less red?
2. could in-transit or distant metastasis become smaller?
3. is raised the big cue for melanoma recurrence? It's tough because my skin is so sensitive that i get lots of red irritation marks that are not really raised.