A fibroma is a benign tumor of the skin of connective tissue origin. Fibroids are not the same as warts – many people have them in different parts of their bodies. It’s not dangerous, but it’s not a pretty sight either. Fibroids appear especially in the armpits, in the groin area, under the breasts and on the neck. A soft pupil, brown or skin-colored, with a furrowed surface, attached to the skin with a narrow stalk, never becomes malignant. In most cases, it does not hurt or cause complaints, only when something happens to it (injured, inflamed, swollen). It can get caught in clothing and necklaces, and it can also be quite disturbing aesthetically.
Fibroids can occur at any age, but are more common in adults and can affect both men and women. It develops more often where the skin is affected by more or greater rubbing. Fibroids are more common in people who are overweight. The reason for its formation is still unknown. Minor injuries, taking certain medications (e.g. beta-blockers), genetic predisposition can cause such a change.
Benign growths can be removed in three ways:
- freezing with liquid nitrogen,
- with scissors, scalpel
- electrosurgically, with electrocautery (this method is often called burning).
Another typical age-related symptom is brownish-black, crumbly, warty surface warts (seborrheas verruca). It usually occurs on the head or trunk. Flat epithelial warts are always benign, they do not spread, they do not cause serious problems, they are only aesthetically disturbing. They are most often removed by electrosurgery, freezing, a sharp spoon or laser. They usually heal without a trace.
Also common harmless skin symptoms are tiny spider nevus and raspberry-red mole (ruby nevus). The latter is a small hemispherical protruding red growth. It is a benign skin phenomenon, its appearance is the result of a natural process, but due to its cosmetically disturbing nature, its removal is justified. It is removed with electrocautery, liquid nitrogen freezing, a sharp spoon or laser. It usually heals without a trace. Those whose skin has a particularly large number of these changes would do well to have them removed regularly every year.
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