Pyogenic granulomas are harmless growths of blood vessels on the surface of the skin. They may occur at any age. We rarely can find the cause. Trauma such as scratching or insect bites to the site may cause some lesions. Pyogenic granulomas appear as a single, dull red, raised nodule. The surface is smooth, but because the lesion bleeds easily, it may be crusted, eroded, or ulcerated.
Since pyogenic granulomas bleed easily, they are often removed in the office. Lesions are shaved off under local anesthetic and the bottom is cauterized with an electric needle to prevent it from coming back.
After the procedure, you should keep the surgical site dry for 24 hours before bathing or showering. We also recommend that you use Vaseline® ointment and a Band-aid® on the surgical site for several days till it is healed completely. A small scar often results.
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