If you’ve noticed abnormalities on any part of your skin, you may be experiencing skin lesions. After recognizing potential skin lesions, it’s important to seek out professional treatment to expedite the recovery process. With prompt treatment, most patients can make a full recovery from this type of skin condition.
What Is a Skin Lesion?
A skin lesion is an area on the skin with an irregular color or texture, often in the form of a bump, sore, or ulcer. A skin lesion differs in appearance from the healthy skin surrounding it and can appear on any part of the body.
Skin lesions are usually benign and won’t cause further health conditions. However, some moles and actinic keratosis can lead to skin cancer, so it’s important to consult a doctor for a diagnosis soon after recognizing the signs of a skin lesion.
What Causes Skin Lesions?
Skin lesions can develop for a wide number of reasons, and it’s important to pinpoint their cause to determine the right course of treatment. Potential causes of skin lesions include:
- An allergic reaction
- Genetic factors (freckles, moles, and birthmarks)
- An infection of the skin (warts, cold sores, etc.)
- A systemic infection (cellulitis, shingles, etc.)
- Chronic conditions, such as diabetes
What Types of Skin Lesions Exist?
Common types of skin lesions include:
- Actinic keratosis
- Cold sores
- Contact dermatitis
- Chicken pox
How Are Skin Lesions Treated?
Treatment for skin lesions may include surgery or medications. Your individual treatment plan will depend on the type of lesion.
For minor skin lesions, topical medications are often sufficient for treatment. Oral medications are generally used in moderate to severe cases.
For some types of skin lesions, surgery is the most effective treatment option. Surgical treatments for skin lesions may include:
- Surgical removal of the lesion, often in the case of a mole that could develop into skin cancer
- Piercing and draining an infected skin lesion
- Laser surgery, in which high-precision lasers are used to remove the affected skin tissue
- Cryotherapy, in which extreme cold is used to dismantle the affected skin tissue
With professional treatment, skin lesions can be addressed quickly and efficiently. Contact us today to learn more about available skin lesion treatments.