Dermatofibroma is a bump on the body that is caused by a minor injury. This bump typically goes away on its own and never turns cancerous and therefore is most often not medically treated. The scars that result from the treatment or the removal of dermatofibroma are often worse than the condition itself is, and therefore not recommended. These bumps tend to be hard in nature and may itch, but are rarely painful or disfiguring. The bumps themselves tend to have only a small portion visible with the majority of the bump being under the skin surface where it is not seen.
Dermatofibroma Symptoms & Causes
Dermatofibroma often starts out as a small red bump that may itch slightly. As the bump continues, the color will often shift from a red to a brown. This bump tends to be on exposed surfaces of the skin, such as the lower legs or the arms, but can be seen anywhere on the body. The exact causes of the Dermatofibroma are unknown, but it is thought the bumps are a natural reaction to a minor injury such as a bruise or an insect bite. These bumps are non-cancerous and non-life threatening. These bumps also tend to not hurt or even itch as they get older, making the only problem being cosmetic or an irritation during shaving.
Dermatofibroma Treatment Advice
Because the dermatofibroma is not a dangerous condition and is not a painful condition, the treatment of the bump is often to simply let it be. A damp hot towel may be placed on the bump to stimulate healing, but this is under debate as to its effectiveness. The bump is not often medically treated unless the bump is in a cosmetically bad location or if the bump causes problems with shaving or other activities. If this is the case, then the medical treatments for Dermatofibroma include the removal of the exposed portion of the bump, the removal of the center of the bump, or the freezing of the bump. This is not necessarily the removal of the whole bump since the bump tends to be much larger under the skin than it is above the skin and the removal process can create a much larger scar than the original exposed bump.
In some cases, after a partial removal of the bump, the removed part will grow back. In this condition, the treatment may be attempted again. If this is the case, then one can expect the treatment to be repeated several times. One can either live with the bump or have the bump removed in its entirety. This can cause a nasty scar, but is in general an effective method of permanent removal of the bump. In most cases though, the bump is left as is to heal the way nature intended for it to heal. The bump should only be worked on medically if the bump is consistently irate by clothing or shaving.