One of the more common hemangiomas that can affect both children and adults is a pyogenic granuloma, also referred to as lobular capillary or eruptive hemangiomas. These are raised, benign growths that can occur almost anywhere on the body, including the eye. While these growths are usually not dangerous, they can be cosmetically displeasing and have a propensity to bleed easily. Our team at Vascular Birthmark Institute can treat and remove a pyogenic granuloma at our clinic in New York.
The pyogenic granuloma does not respond well to laser therapy. In most cases, the growth will need to be removed with a small surgery. While there are some topical and medication options if a non-invasive approach is preferred, if these are not effective or the pyogenic granuloma returns, surgical removal may be needed.
Causes and Symptoms of Pyogenic Granulomas
TThe exact cause of a pyogenic granuloma is not always known. However, there is a link between injuries and hormonal changes to the onset of these growths. Certain medications can also cause pyogenic granulomas as a side effect. Common possible causes for pyogenic granulomas include:
- Pregnancy (these growths can disappear after pregnancy, unlike other types that do not dissipate on their own)
- Bug bites
- Medication reaction (some birth control, indinavir, isotretinoin, acitretin)
Symptoms of a pyogenic granuloma include growth of a raised, red bump. It can be smooth or rough; those that are prone to bleeding tend to be rough. A pyogenic granuloma will usually appear as a small red patch and grow for about two weeks, then stabilize. Most are small, about two centimeters or less, but can be larger.
If you have a pyogenic granuloma you would like examined or removed, contact our team at Vascular Birthmark Institute today. Our vascular experts can diagnose your lesion and discuss the treatment or removal options available.