Skin lesions are abnormalities that can appear on your skin’s surface. They can manifest as moles, warts, acne, rashes, or other growths. These lesions can be benign or malignant, and understanding their type is the first step in treatment.
Identifying common skin lesions
- Moles: Moles are typically small, brown spots on the skin’s surface, formed by clusters of pigmented cells. While most moles are harmless, any changes in size, shape, or colour should be checked by a dermatologist.
- Warts: Warts are raised, rough growths caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). These can be annoying and painful, particularly if they appear on your hands or feet.
- Acne: Acne is a common skin condition caused by clogged pores and excess oil production. While many over-the-counter treatments are available, severe cases may require a dermatologist’s intervention.
- Rashes: Rashes come in various forms, including contact dermatitis and eczema, leading to redness and irritation. Identifying the underlying cause is essential for effective treatment.
Medical treatments for skin lesions
When skin lesions are severe, causing pain or discomfort, or are in visible areas, professional medical treatments are necessary. Here are some options:
- Cryotherapy: Cryotherapy involves freezing off warts and other skin growths with liquid nitrogen. It’s a minimally invasive procedure that’s effective in most cases.
- Laser therapy: Laser therapy is used to remove moles, warts, and other skin lesions. It offers precision and minimal scarring, making it a popular choice.
- Surgical excision: For certain moles or lesions, surgical excision may be recommended. This involves cutting out the lesion and stitching the area. It’s an effective option for potentially cancerous growths.
The Importance of early detection
Early detection is vital for successful treatment. Performing routine skin checks and self-examinations is an excellent way to spot changes in your skin. If you notice any alterations in the colour, size, or shape of moles or experience persistent skin problems, consult a healthcare professional promptly.
Prevention is always better than cure. Protect your skin from harmful UV rays by wearing sunscreen, avoid direct contact with irritants, and maintain a healthy skincare routine. By doing so, you can minimise the risk of developing skin lesions.
If you have concerns about your skin lesions (above the clavicle), don’t hesitate to reach out to Mr. Wale Olarinde at ENT Sheffield. With extensive experience in treating various skin lesions, Mr. Olarinde is your trusted source for expert guidance and effective solutions. Mr Olarinde only offers surgical excisions of skin lesions where necessary. Book your consultation online or get in touch on 0114 321 6522.