A skin tag is a non-cancerous growth that most often occurs in folds of the skin, such as the neck and groin. They stick out (like a tag) and while they are painless, they can be annoying, catch on clothes, and considered aesthetically unpleasing.
Most common type of cyst we see in our clinic is Epidermal cyst, also called Epidermoid cyst. This is very common type of cyst in young as well as middle-age adults. Epidermal cyst can occur anywhere on your body, but most commonly occurs on chest, shoulders and face. If squeezed, yellowish foul-smelling cottage cheese-like contents can come out. It is very important to remove the whole cyst, including the cyst sac or capsule to prevent recurrence. Therefore, treatment of choice is usually surgical excision, although if inflamed- incision & drainage maybe necessary first.
This cutaneous nodule usually occurs in women and is most often found on the limbs. It is typically not painful, but can be tender, and might be confused with a mole or pimple. It is thought to be caused by insect bites or other minor trauma in some cases. Although they are usually harmless, they don’t go away by themselves and require medical removal if desired.
A medical term for enlarged sebaceous (oil) glands, these growths typically occur on the cheeks or forehead of those aged 40+. They look like little yellow bumps, but a closer inspection shows that a hair follicle is surrounded by lobules. They should never be picked- they are not whiteheads! They are not harmful and can be easily removed.
Boils are painful and caused by inflamed and/or infected hair follicles. Filled with pus, they start out as red bumps but can quickly grow and rupture. Large boils require medical attention and there are also treatments available for scars or hyperpigmentation caused by old boils.
A lipoma is usually harmless and consists of a fatty collection that can be shifted when pressure is applied. They can occur just about anywhere and treatment is available if they are painful, growing, or simply bother the patient aesthetically.
There are many types of rashes including contact or irritant dermatitis, perioral dermatitis, shingles, and much more. Identifying the type of rash and the cause is the key to proper treatment, particularly since severe or recurring rashes can be painful or minimize qualify of life.
There are different types of warts and most are caused by a type of human papillomavirus. Warts are highly contagious and can even spread from one part of a person’s body to another region. They are usually painless, but treatment is often recommended in order to stop the spread and treatment depends on the wart type and location.