Although many "bumps" and growths on the skin are harmless, any new, changing, or concerning skin bumps should be evaluated by an expert. Dr. Messana provides expert diagnosis and, when appropriate, treatment options of skin growths at Elevated Dermatology and Skin Cancer Surgery Center.
There are several skin conditions that can cause bumps and growths to appear on the skin or right below its surface. These include:
Other conditions include allergic eczema, molluscum contagiosum, warts, scabies, and sebaceous cysts. These skin conditions range from mild ones that require minimal care to serious ones that can be life-threatening without proper treatment.
Those who have bumps and growths that change in appearance should have them checked. Even when non-dermatologists consider bumps and growths benign or harmless, it’s important to have dermatologists check them to look for signs of cancer or other conditions that need treatment. Changes that patients should watch for include changes in size and shape or the presence of symptoms, such as itching, discomfort, bleeding, or burning.
Diagnostic services for bumps and growths involve running tests or taking a biopsy to determine their underlying cause. A biopsy involves taking a sample from the affected area and testing it in a lab to look for signs of disease. Many of the bumps and growths that are found in or below the skin turn out to be harmless. Patients who are concerned about these bumps and growths should watch for changes or symptoms that could indicate an underlying condition that requires treatment.
The treatment options for bumps and growths depend on what’s causing them to appear. Treating the underlying condition can cause bumps and growths to disappear. If this doesn’t happen, there are other ways for patients to have these skin problems treated. Proper treatment helps lower the risk of infections and other complications. Some bumps and growths, such as cysts, can be drained, while others might need to be surgically removed. Patients should keep in mind that skin cancer and other serious skin conditions that can cause bumps and growths require prompt care as early as possible. This has a significant impact on lowering the risk of complications.
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