Pyogenic Granuloma

Pyogenic granuloma is an overgrowth of blood vessels on the skin in response to an injury. It's red and moist and may bleed easily. It's not cancerous. It can be treated by surgical removal or cauterization (chemical or electric treatment that shrinks and seals the tissue). It takes about 1 week for the wound to heal after treatment. A pyogenic granuloma may regrow after treatment. These are most common in children and pregnant women.

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/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 or ever had a stomach ulcer or gastrointestinal bleeding, talk with your healthcare provider before using these medicines. Don't use ibuprofen in children under 6 months of age.

Follow-up care

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

When to seek medical advice

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 directed by your healthcare provider

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

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