Skin lesions are any size of your skin that's strange from the skin around it. Skin lesions are expected and are often the result of an injury or harm to your skin. However, some have the potential to be cancerous.
A skin lesion is a piece of the skin with an abnormal growth or appearance compared to the surrounding skin.
There are two categories of skin lesions exist: primary and secondary.
Direct skin lesions are irregular skin conditions present at birth or formulated over a person's lifetime.
Secondly, skin lesions result from irritated or manipulated primary skin lesions. For example, suppose someone scratches a mole until it bleeds. In that case, the resulting lesion, a crust, is now a secondary skin lesion.
Since there are a wide multiplicity of skin lesions that exist, there are many potential causes, including:
Symptoms of your skin lesion could vary depending on your lesion type. General symptoms include:
If you notice your skin lesion is growing in size or shape, is causing you intense pain, is bleeding or leaking pus or won't recover as you expected — or if you have other associated signs like fever, joint pain, swelling or anything concerning to you — visit your dermatologist immediately.
Treatment is based on the underlying cause or causes of the skin lesions. A doctor will consider the type of lesion, your personal health history, and any previously attempted treatments.
First-line treatments are usually topical medications to support and treat the rash and cover the affected area. Topical medication can also provide mild sign relief to control pain, itching, or burning pushed by the skin lesion.
If your skin lesions result from a systemic illness, such as shingles or chickenpox, you may be specified oral medicines to help ease the symptoms, including skin lesions.
Infected skin lesions are typically pierced and drained to provide treatment and relief.
Suspicious-looking moles that have changed over time may need surgery.
A type of birthmark called hemangioma results from distorted blood vessels. Laser treatment is often used to clear this type of birthmark.
Some skin lesions are extremely itchy and irritated. You may want to try home treatments for relief.
Oatmeal baths or lotions can relieve itching or burning caused by certain skin lesions.
If chafing is causing contact dermatitis in areas where the skin chafes against itself or a portion of clothing, absorptive powders or protective balms can decrease friction and prevent further skin lesions from developing.