As experts in problems affecting your head and neck, as well as specialists in plastic and reconstructive surgery, ENT physicians diagnose and treat skin lesions on your ears, face, and neck. At Bayou ENT, Chris Gaffga, MD, and Jamie Guillot, APRN, provide skin care that heals common problems like ear eczema and perform advanced procedures for removing lesions and skin cancer. To learn more about the skin problems they treat, call the office in New Iberia, Louisiana, or book an appointment online today.
A skin lesion refers to any area of your skin that’s different from the surrounding skin. Some skin lesions, such as freckles, are noticeable because they’re a different color. Others may be the same color as your skin, but they rise above your skin or have different textures.
A few examples of skin lesions treated by ENT specialists include:
Skin conditions such as eczema often develop around your ears. Ear eczema causes itching, pain, and skin loss on the external ear. It can also lead to an infection inside the ear.
Skin cancer develops when exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light causes genetic mutations in skin cells. As a result, the cells start to grow out of control and develop into cancerous tumors.
The three primary types of skin cancer include:
Melanoma typically begins in an existing mole, gradually causing changes in the mole’s appearance. Without early treatment, it can spread to other parts of your body.
Though it’s the least common type of skin cancer, melanoma is the deadliest. Basal cell carcinoma, the most common type of skin cancer, seldom spreads, but it takes on different appearances. You may notice a raised, round, skin-colored growth, or the lesion could be pink or red or look like an age spot or a patch of scaly skin.
Squamous cell carcinoma doesn’t metastasize into your body, but it can grow deep into the surrounding tissues and cause significant damage. This type of skin cancer usually begins as rough patches of noncancerous skin lesions called actinic keratoses.
For noncancerous skin lesions, Bayou ENT recommends skin care, medications, and lesion removal when necessary. Some conditions, such as ear eczema, may need steroids to reduce inflammation.
Developing a daily skin care regimen to hydrate and maintain your natural skin barrier is essential. You also need to avoid exposure to UV light and regularly apply sunscreen.
Bayou ENT always treats skin cancer by removing the tumor and a small amount of the surrounding skin. This procedure often cures the problem by eliminating all the cancer.
To learn more about the skin care services available, call Bayou ENT or schedule an appointment online today.