Acquired Digital Fibrokeratoma

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Acquired Digital Fibrokeratoma – Thumb

Acquired Digital Fibrokeratoma with collarette – Finger

Acquired Digital Fibrokeratoma with Collarette

Acquired Digital Fibrokeratoma:

  • A firm bump which appears on the fingers or toes
  • May be surrounded by a thin layer of dry skin around the base, known as a “collarette”
  • Is not cancerous and never develops into a skin cancer
  • May be tan, pink, or flesh-coloured
  • Is not due to diet or sun damage
  • Is not a wart or due to the HPV virus
  • Is not contagious
  • May get gradually larger with time and does not disappear spontaneously

Treatment:

  • Removal with a simple, small, surgical procedure produces the best result
    • The skin adjacent to the acquired digital fibrokeratoma is injected with a local anesthetic to numb the area
    • The lesion is removed and the base treated with electrocautery so that it does not bleed
    • Stitches are not necessary
    • The removal is not painful
    • A bandage with antibiotic ointment will be applied
    • After the procedure you may bathe normally
    • For 2 weeks after the procedure, apply a small amount of antibiotic ointment
    • The bandage should be changed daily
    • After an acquired digital fibrokeratoma has been removed a crust or scab will form
    • The crust will heal and leave a pink mark that will gradually fade
    • After the removal, there may be a residual white mark
    • There is a small chance that the acquired digital fibrokeratoma could grow back
  • There is no cream at this time that will remove acquired digital fibrokeratomas and there is no way to prevent them from developing
  • Treatment of acquired digital fibrokeratomas is not covered by OHIP or private health insurance
  • A referral from a doctor is necessary to make your first appointment

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