Discovering an unusual growth on your skin can be alarming, but in most cases the growth is harmless. Dr. Clement Banda at MD Vein & Skin Specialists in Columbia, Maryland, is an expert in skin health who can assess your unusual skin growth and provide the necessary treatment. If you have concerns about a growth on your skin, call the office or schedule an appointment using the online booking button.
A skin growth encompasses any lump, bump, or cyst that affects your skin. There are numerous types of skin growths.
A benign red, brown, or purple growth found on your arm or leg that can be itchy or painful. In most cases, dermatofibromas don’t require treatment, although Dr. Banda can surgically remove the growth or use cryotherapy, which uses liquid nitrogen to freeze it off.
A blocked oil gland that forms a white or yellow cyst. These cysts can sometimes get infected and require antibiotics. Dr. Banda can also drain and remove the cyst.
Keratoacanthoma is an abnormal growth of your hair follicle that causes a dome-shaped thick bump. Dr. Banda can remove this skin growth with cryotherapy or curettage, which is a heat treatment that scrapes off the growth.
Small white, rough bumps on the skin that occur more often during the winter months. Intensive moisturizing may help lessen the appearance. These growths usually disappear for good after age 30.
Folliculitis is an inflammation of the hair follicle and is treated with antibiotics.
Lipomas are slow-growing, benign fatty tumors found under the skin. These growths usually don’t require treatment, but can be removed.
A skin cyst is a pocket of tissue filled with fluid or pus. Treatment isn’t always necessary, but Dr. Banda can drain your cyst.
A skin tag is a benign skin-colored growth that grows like a stalk from your skin. They occur more often as you get older, and appear in the folded areas of your skin such as your armpits, torso, under the breast, or groin.
Skin tags are harmless, but they can become irritated or painful from rubbing. Dr. Banda can easily remove your skin tags surgically or freezing the stalk. However, removal of skin tags doesn’t guarantee they won’t grow back.
If you have concerns that your skin growth is cancerous, Dr. Banda can take a look and order a biopsy to rule out malignancy. Dr. Banda is an expert in skin care and skin health and provides treatment for all types of skin cancer, including basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma.
If you have a skin growth that concerns you, call MD Vein & Skin Specialists today for a consultation, or book an appointment online.