Common Skin Growths – A Dermatologist’s Perspective

    Our skin serves as our body’s first line of defense against the external environment and because of this it comes into contact with, and is exposed to, all sorts of elements that can cause growths of all shapes, sizes, and behaviors to develop. Not only are there many growths that can appear on the skin but many that mimic, or are easily confused with, other skin conditions. While the causes of many of them are often poorly understood, it is known that some are associated with age, while others are inherited. Benign lesions, which are the non-cancerous kind, are not life threatening. However, many people will opt to have these benign lesions removed for cosmetic purposes. A lesion may also be removed for medical reasons if cancer, or some other disease, is suspected. Some lesions that are benign but bleed, causes pain, stay inflamed, or are constantly irritated are also often removed. I will spend a short while describing the most common skin growths that you might encounter as well as talk a bit about when you should seek dermatological care. The readers may want to see photos of the growths that I am discussing. Images of any of these conditions can be found in online medical articles. Of course, if there are any questions regarding a growth on your skin, you should schedule an appointment with myself or a colleague of mine here at Pine Belt Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center. 


Some of the common skin growths you will see around Hattiesburg and Laurel, Mississippi are:



    Human skin can be subject to a variety of skin growths, many of which are harmless and may never require removal. Others can be precursors or indicators of a much more serious condition. To the untrained eye many of these can appear the same, which further highlights the necessity of seeking dermatological care for a skin growth that you may be worried about. Because the skin is the first line of defense you can’t be too careful when it comes to protecting it. If you have a spot that you are worried about, come see us! And in the event that you cannot find the time to get that spot looked at, click the link below to be taken to our online portal to conduct an online visit.  


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Dr. Eugene Conte Pine Belt Dermtology Physician

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