Jan 17 2017

The Importance of Seeking Treatment for Skin Lesions

Treatment for Skin Lesions - Mystic, CT

A woman with healthy, even looking skinSkin lesions can occur at any age and may be caused by something as minor as a scrape or as serious as cancer. Through medical dermatology, skin lesions may be diagnosed and treated for improved skin health and appearance. Because a skin lesion can be a sign of a serious condition, it is important to seek a diagnosis and treatment from an experienced dermatologist. To find out if treatment for skin lesions is right for you, schedule a consultation with Mystic, CT dermatologist Daniella Duke.

What Are Skin Lesions?

Skin lesions are characterized by a change to the normal appearance of the skin. Skin lesions vary in size and may develop anywhere on the body. In some cases, skin lesions are localized to a small area of the body or they may develop over a large area. There are many different types of skin lesions, some of which are mild and will heal on their own, while others may require surgical intervention to treat. Some types of skin lesions include:

  • Rash
  • Blisters
  • Skin discolorations
  • Skin wounds
  • Pus-filled sacs
  • Bumps
  • Areas of tissue hardening
  • Freckles
  • Moles

The Causes of Skin Lesions

Because there are many different types of skin lesions, there are also many different causes. A skin lesion may develop from a simple scrape, which will generally heal on its own. Acne can also cause skin lesions to form, as can allergic reactions. The aging process can cause skin lesions in the form of moles, freckles, and discoloration. Infections of hair follicles can also lead to skin lesions, including boils or abscesses. Chronic health conditions, like diabetes and autoimmune disorders, can cause skin changes as well.

In other cases, a skin lesion may be caused by something more severe, such as skin cancer, and will require a medical diagnosis and treatment. It is important to seek medical attention for skin lesions to ensure the underlying cause is not cancer or other life threatening condition.

When to Seek Help

Although it is possible for skin lesions to be mild and resolve on their own, some skin lesions could be a sign of cancer or other serious condition. Immediate emergency medical attention should be sought if skin lesions, such as rashes or small dots, appear along with loss of consciousness, difficulty breathing, or throat swelling. Medical attention should be sought in instances where a mole has changed or a dark lesion has developed. Any skin lesion that does not resolve within a few days or gives you cause for concern should be examined by a dermatologist or primary care physician.

Treatments for Skin Lesions

It is not always possible to tell if a skin lesion has been caused by something harmless or a serious underlying health problem, like cancer or diabetes. Seeking professional medical attention is the best way to ensure a skin lesion is not life threatening. Once a diagnosis is made, a treatment plan can be put into effect. The proper treatment for skin lesions will depend on the type of skin lesion present. Minor skin lesions may respond well to ointment while other, more severe or cancerous lesions will require surgical intervention.

Learn More about Your Treatment Options

Ignoring a skin lesion can be dangerous to your health. If you notice a new skin lesion or are concerned with an existing lesion, it is important to contact Dr. Duke to learn more about your treatment options.

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