Skin Growths

Most skin growths are benign and harmless, but it is essential that a doctor determines this. At times a diagnosis can be made clinically (by the doctor just looking at and touching the growth). However, if the clinical diagnosis is not certain, a biopsy is needed to determine if the growth is benign.

The majority of benign growths do not require treatment. However, if these lesions cause irritation or other problems, they may require removal to relieve the symptoms. If some of the lesions have changed shape or color or have undergone rapid, irregular growth, they often have to be removed and examined by a pathologist to ensure they are benign. In addition, certain benign growths can indicate a systemic condition, including hormonal disorders.

Below are the most common benign skin growths:

Seborrheic Keratoses
http://www.aad.org/dermatology-a-to-z/diseases-and-treatments/q—t/sebhorrheic-keratoses

Sebaceous hyperplasia
http://www.skinsight.com/adult/sebaceousHyperplasia.htm

Ephelides (freckles)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freckle

Nevus (mole)
http://www.aad.org/dermatology-a-to-z/diseases-and-treatments/m—p/moles

Lentigines (liver spots)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lentigo

Cherry Angioma
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherry_hemangioma

Dermatofibroma
http://dermnetnz.org/lesions/dermatofibroma.html

Acrochordon (skin tag)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acrochordon

Lipoma
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lipoma

Epidermal Inclusion Cyst
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epidermoid_cyst

Milium
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milium_(dermatology)lium

Pyogenic granuloma
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyogenic_granuloma