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Symptoms and Treatments of Ota Nevus

It can be very well called as a skin blemish that usually appears on forehead, face, around or in some part of the eye and inside the mouth. It is unilateral, which means it appears on one side but in rare cases, the discolouration can be seen on both sides. If it appears on both sides it may be called as Nevus of Hori. Similarly, if it is around the shoulder or arm or back it may be called as Nevus of Ito.

Why do you have Ota Nevus?

It is more commonly found in Asian and Japanese population and certainly in the female population. There are rarely any cases found in the white or Caucasian population. The symptoms are there at the time of birth or start to appear at the puberty

It is also referred to as melanocytosis as the possible reason that has been reckoned is the accumulation of melanocytes (cells that produce melanin). However, there is no concrete evidence for this. The result of these accumulated cells is the greyish or blue-ish pigmentation of the area.

Is Ota Nevus Dangerous?

It is absolutely harmless skin blemish but yes, it does require a close follow up. It is important to keep a track of the growth, change in appearance and colour. Especially, if the pigmentation is in the eye, it may lead to glaucoma. Drastically changing nevus or nevi may turn into malignant melanoma at the site of the lesion. So, it is always advised to keep a close tab on the lesions.

Treatments of Ota Nevus

It is a benign condition and does not necessarily require treatment but yes, due to its non-pleasant appearance it impacts psychologically. In such cases, treatment can be opted. There are different treatments available but results vary from person to person and the treatment requires multiple sessions. However, the cases of recurrences have been reported even after successful treatment.

Different available treatments:

Camouflage:Well, this is not a treatment. Using cosmetic products, the blemishes can be concealed under the layers of make-up. As this is not the sure-shot solution, there is always a psychological fear of exposing them unwantedly.

Laser therapies:

IPL and Nd: YAG or Q-switched laser treatments are giving excellent results in certain cases. The results may vary from person to person depending upon the skin type and severity of the lesion. Laser and light devices may work together on melanocytes (melanin-producing cells). Like mentioned earlier, the results may vary depending upon the colour of the skin.

When it comes to ocular nevus, which means pigmentation in the eye, it is always recommended to forgo the treatment as it’s virtually impossible to remove scleral pigmentation and therefore it is better to leave the blemish alone as eye being a critical area to treat on.

At Renew Skin and Health Clinic, different cases of Ota Nevus have been consulted and treated. Every case has different skin type and severity, which is why the results that have been obtained varied. If you are seeking a consultation related to your problem just book your appointment here. Also, you may call at 01926 422 454 to know more about the treatment and discuss the expected results.

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Angiokeratoma – Is it a cause of worry?

It is very common to have skin blemishes on different parts of body. The concern rises when these blemishes show symptoms, especially, when you have something at or around your genital area. You cannot ignore any lesions or blemishes even if they are not producing any symptoms or simply they are blemishes in this region. It is always recommended to have a formal consultation with a doctor to rule out any serious medical condition.

Angiokeratoma is one type of skin blemish which are usually harmless and can be symptomless. Medically, it has more than one form and can be categorised as follows;

Angiokeratoma of Fordyce : appear on scrotum in men or vulva (genitalia) in women

Solitary Angiokeratoma : appear on arms and legs

Corporis Diffusum : appear on the lower part of the body

Circumscriptum : appear in cluster on legs and body.

Angiokeratoma of Mibelli : appear on dorsal part of fingers and toes, knees, elbows and breasts.

Very rarely, the cases of Angiokeratoma are reported in women, whereas in men Angiokeratoma of fordyce can be seen in up-to 30% of the population. These are vascular dilation near the skin surface with red to purple appearance. They are benign and smooth to touch. Apart from occasional bleeding due to scratching you will not notice any other symptoms. Despite of that, they are a major psychological concern for the sufferer due to its presence and also their appearance.

When you should be alarmed?

Asymptomatic Angiokeratoma is never a cause of concern but it often requires a close follow up. Lesions that appear benign may mock malignancies in later stage.

If a woman is reporting the case then it is important to have a close examination as it is reported rarely in females. Also, it is important to consider diagnosis of other diseases that may cause due to infection or neoplasia.

Treatments of Angiokeratoma

There are number of treatments available for this condition but unfortunately none is successful but the results are variable with the following methods.

  • CO2 laser ablation – In this process the lesions are vaporised using laser beam. The treatment is fast, painless and scarless with less downtime.
  • Cryotherapy – It is a cold therapy in which liquid nitrogen is used to destroy the lesions.
  • Electro-dessication surgery – In this process, radio waves are used to destroy the lesions using precise electrodes so that no adjacent tissues get damaged.
  • Excision – It is an invasive process in which lesions are cut out precisely under the effect of anaesthesia.
  • Conclusion

    If you are a man reading this and have asymptomatic Angiokeratoma, you may skip having a treatment if it is not affecting you psychologically. Whereas, having a consultation with your GP or specialised doctor is also recommended.

    On the other hand, if you are a woman it is highly recommended to get your lesions checked with a specialised doctor as its occurrence is rare.

    At Renew Skin and Health Clinic, different treatments of Angiokeratoma are available. You may book clinical consultation and examination with our specialised doctor by calling at 01926 422 454.

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