Pyogenic Granuloma

Pyogenic granuloma is a small growth. It's made up of many blood vessels on the skin. It's often caused by an injury. It looks raised, red, and moist. It may bleed easily. The growth usually isn't cancer (benign).

Pyogenic granuloma can be treated by surgical removal. Or by a chemical or electric treatment that shrinks and seals the tissue (called cauterization). It can take a few weeks for the wound to heal after treatment. More than 1 treatment may be needed. A pyogenic granuloma may regrow after treatment. These are most common in children and pregnant people.

Home care

These guidelines can help you care for yourself at home:

  • Unless told otherwise, you should change your dressing once a day. If the bandage sticks, soak it off in warm water.

  • Wash the area with soap and water to remove all cream, ointment, drainage, or scab. Use a wet cotton swab to loosen and remove any blood or crust that forms. You may do this in a sink, under a tub faucet, or in the shower. Rinse off the soap and pat dry with a clean towel. Look for signs of infection.

  • Reapply cream or ointment to prevent infection and keep the bandage from sticking.

  • Cover the area with a nonstick gauze. Then wrap it with the bandage material.

  • If the bandage becomes wet or soiled, change it as soon as possible.

  • You may use over-the-counter pain medicine, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen to control pain, unless another medicine was prescribed. If you have chronic liver or kidney disease, talk with your healthcare provider before using these medicines. Also talk with your provider first if you've ever had a stomach ulcer or digestive tract bleeding. Don't use ibuprofen in children under 6 months old. Don't give aspirin to children under 18 years old. This is to prevent a serious illness called Reye syndrome.

Follow-up care

Follow up with your healthcare provider, or as advised. Sometimes an infection may occur after any surgical procedure. So look closely at your wound in 2 days for the signs of infection listed below.

When to get medical care

Call your healthcare provider right away if any of these occur:

  • Increasing pain in the wound

  • Increasing redness, swelling, or pus coming from the wound

  • Red streaks in your skin coming from the wound

  • Fever of 100.4°F (38ºC) or higher, or as advised by your provider

Pyogenic granulomas may come back after treatment. If this happens, you may need to follow up with your provider for more treatment.

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