Skin Lesions

Written by Kimberly Clark
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Skin lesions are abnormal growths that appear on the surface of the skin. A person can be born with a lesion (as is the case with birthmarks and warts) or develop them as a result of a disease, allergy, or environmental factors. When several skin lesions occur together, it is often referred to as a rash. There several common types of skin lesions. Included among them are cysts, boils, moles, skin tags, blisters, warts, and plaques.

Description of Skin Lesions

A cyst is a swollen area of the skin that is formed by an abnormal sac. The sac is closed and retains either solids or liquids, such as pus or sebum. Boils are also pus-filled swellings but tend to form near the hair follicles in moist areas. Moles are pigmented spots or marks on the body. They can be located any place on the body and can be raised, flat, or hairy. Any changes in moles need to be carefully monitored as they can signify the onset of cancer.

Skin Tags are generally benign growths that protrude from the surface of the skin. They are found all over the body on places like the eyelids, neck, breast, and under the armpits. Doctors commonly remove skin tags in their office using scissors, scalpels, or liquid nitrogen. Blisters are an accumulation of fluid under the surface of the skin and are caused by friction or heat.

Warts are non-cancerous tumors that occur on the surface of the skin. Warts are caused by a virus that can multiply and in some cases can even be spread from one person to another. Plaques are areas of dry, scaly, red skin. The presence of plaques is usually indicative of a chronic skin disorder such as psoriasis, eczema, or rosacea. Many skin lesions indicate that the immune system is not functioning at full capacity; in such cases, it's a good idea to monitor your diet and supplements to be sure you're getting enough immune system boosters.

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