Skin growths refer to abnormal or excessive growths of cells on the skin’s surface. These growths can appear as lumps, bumps, or patches and can vary in size, shape, colour, and texture. Skin growths can occur due to various reasons such as genetics, exposure to certain substances, infections, or underlying medical conditions.
Common types of skin growth include moles , warts , skin tags , cysts, and lipomas. Moles are usually harmless, pigmented spots on the skin, while warts are caused by viral infections and appear as rough, raised growths. Skin tags are small, soft flesh-coloured growths that often occur in areas where the skin rubs against itself. Cysts are closed pockets of tissue filled with fluid or pus, while lipomas are noncancerous fatty tumours beneath the skin.
Skin growths can be caused by various factors and the exact cause may depend on the specific type of growth.
Some common causes of skin growths include:
Symptoms of skin growths include:
If you have any of the symptoms stated above, make an appointment with us for an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment.
The level of pain associated with skin growths varies depending on various factors. While some skin growths may not cause any discomfort or pain, others can be painful or tender to the touch.
Certain types of skin growths such as cysts or abscesses can cause pain due to inflammation or infection.
In Singapore, anyone can develop skin growths, but certain factors may increase the risk for their development. These factors include age, genetics, sun exposure, skin type, and/or certain medical conditions.
If you have skin growths that concern you, it is essential to consult your dermatologist for a proper diagnosis. During the diagnostic process, your dermatologist will typically perform a visual examination of the skin growth and may ask questions about their appearance, any changes you have noticed, and your medical history.
Common methods used to diagnose skin growths include:
When it comes to the treatment of skin growths, there are various options available depending on the type, size, location, and characteristics of the growth.
Some methods of skin removal include:
If you have noncancerous skin growths that are bothersome and do not resolve on their own, you may consider having them safely removed by your dermatologist. We do not recommend removing them yourself as it is dangerous and may lead to infections.
Malignant skin growths, also known as neoplasms, are quite prevalent and have the potential to grow and spread rapidly. They can invade nearby tissues and organs and may also metastasise to other areas of your body. Identifiable precursor conditions are often associated with many malignant skin growths.
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