Finding an abnormal growth on your skin can be alarming, though in most cases, these skin lesions are benign. To be safe, you should have your skin lesion evaluated by skilled surgeon Michael Morris, MD, at Surgical Associates. He can determine the type of skin lesion you have and the most appropriate treatment. For an evaluation, call the Humble, Texas, office today.
Skin lesions refer to abnormal growths that appear on your skin. The lesion may be a bump, lump, or ulceration, and it may be the color of your skin or a different color.
While the appearance of a skin lesion may leave you feeling concerned and anxious, in most cases, these abnormal growths are benign (noncancerous).
There are many different types of skin lesions. Some of the most common include:
Moles are marks on your skin that develop from an overproduction of melanin, which are your pigmented cells. Moles are very common and usually benign.
However, if your mole is changing or it’s oddly shaped, it may be skin cancer and you should have it evaluated by Dr. Morris.
Actinic keratosis is a skin condition that develops when you’ve been exposed to too much sun. This skin lesion causes you to develop crusty bumps, which may be skin-colored, brown, red, or pink.
Also known as ringworm, tinea corporis is a skin infection that causes a ring-like, itchy rash.
Warts are skin lesions that develop after exposure to a strain of the human papillomavirus. Warts are most often found on the hands and face.
A rash is also a type of skin lesion that often develops as a sign of an allergic reaction.
Treatment for your skin lesion may depend on what type it is. Dr. Morris conducts comprehensive evaluations to determine the type of lesion you have and creates individualized treatment plans. Your treatment may include:
If he can’t identify the type of skin lesion, he may perform a biopsy.
It’s possible that your skin lesion could be cancerous. Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in the United States.
If Dr. Morris suspects that your skin lesion is cancerous, he conducts a biopsy and sends it out for testing. Depending on the type of skin cancer you have, in some cases, he can also perform a surgical excision to remove the skin lesion.
Skin lesions can be a concern and should always be evaluated. For an examination, call Surgical Associates or book online today.