31 May Diagnosing and Treating Skin Lesions
A lesion is an umbrella term for any kind of damaged skin tissue. There are over 3,000 kinds of skin conditions and Spectrum Dermatology treats all of them. With so many potential issues, it’s easy to see why self-diagnosing is not easy, feasible, and definitely not recommended. A wrong diagnosis leads to ineffective treatments at best and exacerbating the condition at worse. The skin is an organ, the largest organ we have, and just like any other organ it can be damaged. Fortunately, a dermatologist can help with a correct diagnosis and treatment plan.
Some of the most common kinds of lesions on the skin are cuts that can lead to scarring and hyperpigmentation. Hyperpigmentation is any darkening of the skin, whether it’s from trauma, sun damage, moles and freckles, or melasma. Hyperpigmentation typically isn’t dangerous (with the exception of skin cancer), but it can be annoying and undesirable. Hyperpigmentation can be lessened and removed with a variety of cosmetic treatments such as chemical peels and laser skin rejuvenation. However, this is just one type of lesion.
Bumps and Lumps: Skin Lesions
Finding a bump or lump on the skin is not unique, but it should never be ignored. A bump might be a form of acne (there are several forms), a type of heat rash, an enlarged lymph node, skin tag, wart, or any number of other common conditions. Just like hyperpigmentation, a bump or lump is usually harmless. However, it might be a sign of something more serious. It’s always best to see a dermatologist any time you notice something unusual or new with your skin.
Warts are incredibly common and also very contagious. Oftentimes, over the counter removal methods are ineffective. A dermatologist has a variety of tools that can immediately remove warts and lessen their odds of spreading. Still, if you’ve had warts before, you’re more likely to get them again. They are not dangerous, but can be painful depending on the location. You also want to treat them quickly so they don’t spread to other parts of the body or to other people.
Acne is a Medical Condition
Most people will have some form of acne in their lifetime. It is not reserved just for teenagers, although hormone fluctuations are a common trigger for acne. Acne is actually a medical condition that often has an undesirable aesthetic result. Acne can be painful and can also lead to permanent scarring. Just like with a wart treatment, over the counter options are limited in their power and effectiveness.
Your dermatologist has a variety of methods for treating and preventing acne, from prescription topicals to oral medications. Removing the lingering signs of acne, such as scarring and brown spots, can also be achieved at your dermatology clinic. Lasers, light energy devices, microneedling, and peels are just a few ways to remove any tell-tale signs of acne from past breakouts.
Red, Itchy, Painful Skin
Finally, there are all types of rashes that fall into the lesion category. Rosacea, eczema, and psoriasis are some of the most common conditions. Even if the condition is not curable, it is certainly treatable. A dermatologist can help you determine a right diagnosis, your triggers, and to customize a treatment plan to provide relief and lessen the appearance of red skin.
Summer months can be especially troublesome for a number of skin conditions. The combination of heat with sun damage can trigger a variety of skin woes. Best practices, such as wearing sunscreen in the proper manner and light loose clothing, can go a long way in soothing your skin. However, you might also need professional intervention to keep your skin in good shape throughout the warmer months.
Sunscreen should be worn year-round, but it’s usually during the summer months that people are especially proactive in safeguarding their skin. Now is a great time to revisit sunscreen best practices, such as applying it liberally 30 minutes before being in the sun and reapplying it every 75 minutes. Ensure that sunscreen is always applied around the eyes, an area many studies have shown is neglected.
If you’re struggling with lesions of any kind or want professional help keeping your skin safe this summer, contact Spectrum Dermatology today. Book an appointment by filling out the online form or call 480-948-8400.