What is Papilloma?
A papilloma is a benign tumour that originates from epithelial tissue. It can occur in various body parts, including the skin, cervix, or breast. A wart-like appearance often characterises papillomas, and they may manifest as lumps or growths. In the context of skin lesions, papillomas are typically non-cancerous but can be bothersome or cosmetically concerning. At Pulse Light Clinic, we offer safe and effective treatment options for papilloma removal.
Causes of Papilloma
Papillomas are usually caused by a viral infection, such as the human papillomavirus (HPV). This virus can infect skin cells and cause them to grow abnormally, resulting in papillomas. Other risk factors for developing papillomas include genetic predisposition, weakened immune system, and exposure to certain chemicals or irritants.
Symptoms of Papilloma
Symptoms of papillomas vary depending on their location. Papillomas are usually asymptomatic but can cause discomfort or irritation if located in an area that experiences friction or pressure. In some cases, papillomas may bleed or ooze fluid. The most common symptom is the appearance of a small bump on the skin’s surface, which may have a rough or wart-like texture, while intraductal papillomas in the breast can cause nipple discharge. Papillomas on the cervix may not show any visible symptoms but can be detected through regular Pap smear screenings
Diagnosis of Papilloma
A visual examination by a dermatologist is usually enough to diagnose a papilloma. However, in some cases, a biopsy may be performed to confirm the diagnosis and rule out any potential malignancies. A small tissue sample is taken from the papilloma during a biopsy and examined under a microscope. The biopsy results can determine if the growth is benign or cancerous.
Treatment at Pulse Light Clinic
Papillomas are usually harmless, and treatment may not be necessary unless they are causing discomfort or becoming bothersome. In such cases, treatment options may include surgical removal, cryotherapy (freezing), electrocautery (burning), or laser therapy. These treatments aim to remove the papilloma and prevent it from growing back.
Prevention of Papillomas
The best way to prevent papillomas is by practising good hygiene and avoiding contact with infected individuals. Maintaining a healthy immune system is essential, as some strains of HPV can cause papillomas to develop. Vaccines are also available to protect against certain strains of HPV that can cause papillomas.
Pulse Light Clinic offers advanced treatment options for papilloma removal, particularly for skin lesions. The clinic employs surgical excision using a scalpel for deep and large papillomas, ensuring complete removal with minimal scarring. The procedure may require stitches for optimal healing.
For more specific information tailored to your condition, schedule a consultation with our experienced team at Pulse Light Clinic.