Imagine waking up one morning to see strange black spots unexpectedly growing on your hands. That's what happens to a lot of people in the world. Instead of going away with time, the black spots continue to get worse.
Although they start off as small black dots, they quickly grow into disgusting, large black spots. They don't only get bigger in size, they also grow and spread to other parts of the body.
But do you know what these black skin growths are called as? The dermatologist calls these black skin growths as 'pyogenic granuloma'. Let's gain some more insight into the disease and keep us safe from the same.
Medical professionals know when pyogenic occur, but not the reason why. Pyogenic granulomas are a surprisingly common skin condition that typically occurs after an injury. However, the reason why they occur isn't very clear. They're also linked to trauma to the skin caused by bug bites or scratching the skin roughly.
Pyogenic granulomas usually start off as a small skin lesion. Once they appear, they typically grow and spread quickly over a couple weeks. During their lifespan, they may appear either smooth or have a crusty and rough surface. They may also be either red or black in color.
Pyogenic granulomas can develop in people of all ages, but they're especially common in children and young adults. Surprisingly, they're also more common in pregnant women. This is due to the hormone changes that take place during pregnancy, which can be a factor in causing these growths to develop.
Pyogenic granulomas are most commonly found on hands, fingers, arms, the face, and the neck. They can also grow on lips, eyelids, the back, and genitals.
If there's one bit of good news, it's that this skin condition is never serious or life-threatening. The most common complication is frequent bleeding due to the nature of the condition. One potentially annoying part of this condition is that these growths often re-appear after being removed, especially if it wasn't removed completely.
The only way to know for sure is to visit your doctor. Ideally, you'll want to visit a specialist such as a dermatologist. The doctor will likely be able to diagnose the condition with a visual inspection. However, they may also do a tissue biopsy for a more accurate diagnosis. This would involve taking a sample of your skin for analysis.
You may be wondering if it's possible to get rid of these black spots once they've appeared. Fortunately, there's good news to be had. Small granulomas typically tend to go away on their own. If the growths are bigger, you may need to get help from a doctor. Your doctor will typically either scrape it off or cauterize it. The cauterizing, or burning, helps to stop the bleeding and ensure that the growth doesn't come back.
It's always concerning when an unexpected growth appears, especially one with the risk of bleeding. However, the good news is that pyogenic granulomas are always benign and treatable. Anyone who experiences this condition should consult with their doctor to discuss treatment options
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