What Are Skin Lesions?

A skin lesion is the part of your skin that has an abnormal growth and has a different look from its surrounding area. They are often the bumps, patches, ulcers, sore or colored areas of the skin. Although most skin lesions are harmless, some can be signs and warnings of skin cancer.

If you notice changes in your skin condition, contact the best dermatologists in Brooklyn and have it checked. Visit us at Doral Health and Wellness Dermatology Center.

There are two categories of skin lesions, which are the primary skin lesion and secondary skin lesions. The primary skin lesions are the abnormal skin condition of your skin that are already present at birth. Such as freckles and moles. While secondary skin lesions are the result of manipulated or irritated primary skin lesions. For example, if your mole is scratched until it bleeds, the resulting lesion is now your secondary skin lesion. Examples of secondary skin lesions include crusts, ulcers, sores, and scars.


The most common causes of skin lesions may be as follows:

  • Virus – like herpes simplex, human immunodeficiency virus, human papillomavirus
  • Bacteria – like staphylococcus, streptococcus
  • Fungi – like candida albicans
  • Allergic reaction – side effects of certain medications such as corticosteroids or chemotherapy
  • Contact with irritant substances
  • Unprotected sun exposure
  • Severe burns
  • Insect bites
  • Vitamin deficiencies
  • Systemic diseases
  • Infectious diseases
  • Liver and kidney disease


Diagnosis begins with a physical examination and medical history. Your medical provider will assess the color, size, shape, depth, and location. Your medical provider will also take into consideration all of your symptoms. Dermoscopy can also be performed to examine your skin lesions. And sometimes further tests might be needed to perform, especially if malignancy is suspected. Also, to confirm a diagnosis of malignancy, your medical provider will perform a biopsy on the affected areas.


Treatment for skin lesions will vary depending on the type of your skin lesions, and if malignancy is present. If your skin lesion is benign, it may not need to be treated and will be managed through regular checkups. If malignancy is suspected, surgery can be performed to remove the lesion.

The most common treatments for skin lesions may include:

  • Medication
  • Surgery
  • Home care/remedies

The first line of treatment for skin lesions is often topical medications to help treat your skin’s inflammation. This type of treatment can provide relief to your symptoms, such as pain, itchiness, or burning sensation.

Some skin lesions are usually not a source of worry. But if you notice skin lesions that are suspicious, immediately book an appointment with your dermatologist to diagnose your condition.

At Doral Health and Wellness Dermatology Center, our dermatologists are ready to help you take care of your skin conditions. As dermatology experts in Brooklyn, New York we are dedicated in providing the best services. You can visit us at 1797 Pitkin Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11212 to schedule an appointment. You can also call us at 1-347-384-5690 or visit our website at https://www.bestbrooklyndermatologist.com to schedule an appointment online.