Different skin conditions can cause bumps and growths to form on the skin’s surface. Not all of these are dangerous, although the skin condition that’s causing them might require treatment. Those who have bumps or growths on the skin should have these checked out and diagnosed to ensure that serious skin conditions aren’t present. Dr. Christopher Messana and Dr. Kate Messana offer diagnoses and treatment for bumps and growths on the skin at our Parker, Colorado office.
Bumps and Growths Q & A
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.
What skin conditions cause bumps and growths?
There are several skin conditions that can cause bumps and growths to appear on the skin or right below its surface. These include:
- Skin cancer
- Scarlet fever
- MRSA infections
- Insect stings
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.
When should I have bumps and growths checked?
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.
How are bumps and growths diagnosed?
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.
What treatment options are available for bumps and growths?
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.