What causes skin lesions on the body?
Skin lesions can take time to develop or practically appear overnight. If you find a skin lesion on your body, you may be wondering how it got there. What causes skin lesions on the body?
Skin lesions are areas of skin, small or large, that appear or feel different from the surrounding skin. Skin lesions can look like bumps, patches, sores or even blisters. They vary widely in size, texture and how long they’ll stick around. Treatment depends on the type of lesion, as well as the area of the body. The causes of skin lesions also differ depending on the type of lesion.
Acne: Acne has many causes, and the cause determines the type of blemish that appears on your body. Excess oil production, dry skin, food intolerances, stress and hormones can all cause acne.
Blisters: Blisters are usually caused by trauma to the impacted skin. When something damages the skin (like high heat or friction), liquid bubbles under the skin, forming a blister.
Cold Sores: Cold sores are small lesions that appear around the mouth, most commonly next to the lips. They are caused by the herpes virus, but can pop up during times of high stress as well.
Eczema: Although the exact cause of eczema isn’t known, it often goes hand in hand with allergies and asthma. Eczema lesions take the form of patchy, itchy, raised skin.
Hives: Hives are spots or patches of red, inflamed skin, usually appearing across a wide area of the body. Hives are caused by an allergic reaction to something that has touched the skin, something that has bitten or stung you, or a food that has been ingested.
Moles: These dark circles on the skin can be unsightly, but are generally harmless. Some people are born with them, but many adults will notice them appear as they get older. If a mole has an uneven border, bleeds or changes in any way it should be examined by a doctor to ensure the mole isn’t cancerous.
Psoriasis: Scaly patches of flaky, red skin are often a sign of psoriasis. Psoriasis patches are caused by an autoimmune disorder.
Every skin lesion is unique, and each lesion will require a unique treatment, whether it’s a topical cream, laser treatment or even cryotherapy. If you have a skin lesion that’s bothering you, it’s worth taking the time to have a doctor examine and treat it, rather than ignoring it or attempting home treatment. The physicians at Westgate Family Physicians can diagnose and remove your skin lesions, so you can get back to feeling comfortable in your skin again. To schedule an appointment, call (864) 574-0070 or visit our website, WestgatePhysicians.com.