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What is skin Lesion or wart?

A skin lesion is an abnormal growth or patch of skin that does not resemble the area of skin around it. Warts are small, noncancerous bumps that appear on your skin when you are infected with one of the many viruses of the human papillomavirus (HPV) family.

Possible Causes: 

Warts or skin lesions are benign skin growths caused by a viral infection. Warts are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). HPV is passed by direct or indirect contact. It can take a wart two to six months to develop after your skin has been exposed to the virus. Many people prefer to remove the warts but the most common warts eventually disappear on their own. 

Risk Factors: 

The following factors increase the risk of getting skin lesions:

  • Age: common warts occur mostly in children. Genital warts occur most often in adolescents and young adults.
  • Weakened immune systems: people who have weakened immune systems are at greater risk of HPV infections.
  • Damaged skin: skin that is punctured or open is more prone to develop common warts.
  • Personal contact: contact with a person or surfaces that have been exposed to HPV increase the risk of infection.

Signs & Symptoms: 

A skin lesion is an area of the skin which has changed appearance; the change may affect a small spot or an entire area. You could get skin lesions on the face or body. There are many varieties of common warts or benign (not malignant) skin lesions.

You should see a doctor if the warts are painful or change their colour and they do not disappear even when you treat them. Also, if you are unable to identify the growth as a wart, as they sometimes appear as an indication that your immune system is malfunctioning, then you must consult a doctor immediately.

Diagnosis: 

A dermatologist at Medcare will diagnose warts by a visual examination. The diagnosis will establish what type of warts you have. The diagnosis of genital warts may require a vinegar solution test or a pap test or a DNA test.

Treatment Options: 

Visit the Dermatology Centre of Medcare to know the most suitable warts treatment for you. If the wart or lesion is at an early stage, your dermatologist may treat it by medication. Other common procedures that may be prescribed for treating warts include cryotherapy, electrocautery, surgical removal or laser surgery. 

Cryotherapy involves freezing the warts with liquid nitrogen. Electrocautery uses electrical current. Radiofrequency ablation, laser treatment, or wart removal surgery are some of the other options available at the Medcare Dermatology Centre.

FAQs: الأسئلة الشائعة:
  • What is the process of skin lesion excision?

    A: First, your doctor will take a sample of the lesion and send it for a skin autopsy. Depending on the result, the doctor will then assess whether the lesion is malignant, which means cancerous, or premalignant, which means it has scope to become cancerous. 

    Once the type of skin lesion is determined, the doctor will recommend the type of skin lesion excision to be performed. Some of the most widely recommended treatments available include laser excision, shave excision, and simple scissor excision.

    Not sure what to do about your skin troubles? Visit a Medcare dermatologist for a consultation. 
     

  • Are warts contagious?

    A: Yes, warts can be spread by touching another person’s warts, or surfaces that have been touched, such as bed linen or furniture.

  • How can I prevent warts from spreading on my body?

    A: Wash your hands thoroughly after you touch any warts. Don’t pick on warts. Don’t brush, comb or shave areas where warts are present as these actions may cause them to spread.

  • What are the different treatments available to remove warts?

    A: While there are some over-the-counter treatments available that you can try at home, if they do not get rid of the warts, you should see a specialist. Your dermatologist may opt for cryotherapy, which is freezing the warts with liquid nitrogen, or surgical removal.

    Electrocautery, that uses electrical current, radiofrequency ablation and laser treatment are some of the other options available at Medcare’s Dermatology Centre.

  • What food items should I add to my diet to fight warts?

    A: When you are treating your warts, you will benefit from boosting your immune system by consuming foods rich in Vitamin C – citrus fruits and strawberries, and foods containing zinc – chickpeas and pumpkin seeds. Green leafy vegetables and probiotic foods such as live-culture yoghurt and raw cheeses are also good for you.

  • Is a wart a skin lesion?

    A: Many patients often get confused between skin lesions and warts. While both are skin issues, warts and skin lesions are different. When a part of the skin changes in colour and appearance as opposed to the surrounding area and looks lumpy or sore, it is called a skin lesion. Skin lesions could be symptomatic of skin cancer. 

    Warts, on the other hand, are growths on the skin that have a rough texture similar to that of cauliflower and are caused by the human papillomavirus virus (HPV). 

    The area of the body can also influence the appearance of warts. Since the thickness of the skin varies from one area to another, so does the appearance of the wart. There are as many as seven kinds of warts, and treatments for each may differ.

    Unsure of whether you have wart or skin lesion? Visit Medcare's team of experts and get a correct diagnosis now. 
     

  • How do you get rid of skin lesions?

    A: There are several ways to remove a skin lesion. For instance, the shave excision and the simple scissor excision method are used to remove superficial lesions after numbing the area. 

    The skin excision technique, on the other hand, is for deeper lesions and involves removing fat and surrounding tissue to avoid a relapse. The curettage and electrodesiccation procedure employs high-frequency currents for scraping and scooping out a lesion. 

    The laser excision technique uses a light beam to treat specific cells to make them burst, while the Mohs surgery is a technique specifically used to treat certain types of skin cancers and helps to remove the lesion without damaging the surrounding tissues. Lastly, cryotherapy is a modern-day technique that freezes tissues when a cotton swab dipped in liquid nitrogen is rubbed on the area. 

    Need suitable treatment for skin lesion? Book an appointment with a Medcare specialist today.
     

  • Is a lesion dangerous?

    A: Lesions alone aren't dangerous, but they could be a sign of deeper health issues such as skin cancer.

  • What are the types of lesions?

    A: If a lesion is dubbed cancerous, it’s called a malignant lesion; whereas a lesion that doesn’t hint at cancer is known as a benign lesion. They can also be categorised on when they originated, i.e. primary lesions are present from birth, whereas secondary lesions arise from primary ones. Lastly, lesions can also be classified according to size and pattern.

  • How do I know if my lesion is benign or malignant?

    A: The lesions are first examined, and a biopsy of the skin is done to reveal whether the lesion is benign, malignant, or prone to be a cancerous lesion, i.e. a premalignant lesion.

    Confused about what your lesion could be? Visit a Medcare dermatologist today.
     

  • What is skin lesion excision?

    A: Skin lesion excision is a medical procedure, in which a skin lesion is surgically removed along with a part of the surrounding tissue, called the margin. This process helps combat diseases such as skin cancer.

  • What is the process of skin lesion excision?

    A: First, your doctor will take a sample of the lesion and send it for a skin autopsy. Depending on the result, the doctor will then assess whether the lesion is malignant, which means cancerous, or premalignant, which means it has scope to become cancerous. 

    Once the type of skin lesion is determined, the doctor will recommend the type of skin lesion excision to be performed. Some of the most widely recommended treatments available include laser excision, shave excision, and simple scissor excision.

     Not sure what to do about your skin troubles? Visit a Medcare dermatologist for a consultation. 
     

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