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What Are the Different Types of Treatment for Lesions?

A man with skin lesions.
Most minor lesions can be treated with over-the-counter topical antibiotics.
A pap smear can detect precancerous cervical lesions.
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  • Last Modified Date: 29 July 2014
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The treatment for lesions will depend upon the type of lesion a person has, although most minor lesions or sores on the surface of the skin may be treated with a topical medication. Treatment for lesions that are pigmented will typically require the use of a laser. Many diabetics develop wounds or open sores, primarily on the foot. A diabetic foot lesion may be treated with oral antibiotics as well as topical creams. In most cases, treatment for lesions of any kind will require classification, which is done by performing a thorough evaluation by a physician.

An inflammatory autoimmune disease known as lupus may damage a patient's skin and vital organs. In many cases, lupus patients develop open wounds that require medical treatment to prevent infection. Treatment for lesions caused by lupus will typically include applications of corticosteroids directly to the sore. If the lesion becomes infected, a doctor will prescribe antibiotics, which might include both oral and topical treatment.

Benign oral tumors of the gums are sometimes referred to as odontogenic lesions. These types of lesions are generally treated with medication. Depending upon the size of the growth, a pathologist may perform an evaluation.

After a diagnosis has been made, an oral surgeon may decide to remove the lesion. This procedure will typically be done under general anesthesia and the patient will return home shortly after the lesion has been removed. He will be given post-operative instructions to follow after the removal of the lesion.

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Some women suffer from precancerous cervical lesions that may require treatment. This diagnosis is generally made after cells are taken from the cervix during a pap smear, then examined by a pathologist. These abnormal cells, which are referred to as cervical lesions, can develop into cancerous cells if not removed. Most commonly, laser treatments are performed for these types of lesions. In most cases, the patient will be re-screened for cancer several times throughout a two-year period.

Vascular lesions occur from broken blood vessels and are typically found on the legs. This may occur during pregnancy or childbirth, and often occur in elderly individuals with poor circulation. Being overweight can also increase the risk of developing vascular legions. Treatment for lesions resulting from broken blood vessels will involve removal of the enlarged vein. This is typically done through laser surgery, and with the use of topical anesthesia before the procedure is performed.

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