Brownish Raised Skin Lesion - Reader Question and Treatment Suggestions

by Jeannine Saari
(Aurora, MN USA)

Skin Lesion Near Arm Pit

Skin Lesion Near Arm Pit

Reader Question Regarding Lesion Near Front Armpit

I Wonder what this skin condition is and if I should have it removed or treated with something. She was scratching her side and this is what I found near her front arm pit Ella is a ten year old welsh terrier, she has had no medical issues.

Suggestions from Our Editor on Treating Skin Conditions

Hi Jeannine,

Sorry to hear about Ella's skin problem.

Looking at the image of Ella's side, it appears she has a skin lesion near her front armpit. This could possibly be a result of her scratching, which might indicate irritation or an underlying skin condition. Given Ella's age and her breed, this could range from a simple skin infection or an allergic reaction, to something more complex like a sebaceous cyst or a growth that may require further attention.

Here’s what I suggest: Keep Ella from scratching the area to prevent further irritation or infection. You can use an Elizabethan collar if she can’t stop scratching. It’s also important to keep the area clean and dry. If the lesion is not oozing and Ella seems comfortable, you may monitor it for a couple of days to see if there’s any change.

However, due to the lesion's appearance and since this is a new development for Ella, I recommend scheduling an appointment with your vet. They will likely perform a physical examination, may take a skin scraping or biopsy if needed, and prescribe the appropriate medication or treatment. In the meantime, ensure Ella is in a stress-free environment and observe if there are any other changes in her behavior or appetite.

If you notice any signs of infection like redness, swelling, heat, or discharge, or if Ella seems to be in discomfort, it’s crucial to expedite the vet visit.

Take care and give Ella some gentle pets from me. I hope she feels better soon!

Editor and Publisher
Dog Health Guide

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