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Dr. Michael Salkin
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My westie has a wart type growth on her face, where we have

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Hello, my westie has a wart type growth on her face, where we have eyebrows, is there anything I can put on it. She does not appear bothered by it. She does rub her face but has always done that. She is a lucky Westie in that she does not have the usual skin problems
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

Can you upload a photo(s) of this "wart" to our conversation? You can use the paperclip icon in the toolbar above your message box (if you can see that icon) or you can use an external app such as dropbox.com/

I can be more accurate for you if I can see what you're seeing.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Pic attached
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
has the pic come out
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

Thank you. Give me a moment to review it, please...

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

I'm having difficulty assessing its height. It appears to be flat and scabbed over but that appearance may be artifactual. I would shave around this skin lesion and scrub away any scab/discharge in order to better evaluate what it indicates. At that point, a topical medication might be prescribed but I suspect surgical excision would be necessary. At Betty's age, I have to be concerned about skin cancer.

I would appreciate additional photos with the hair wet down and away from this skin lesion that has been cleaned as mentioned above.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
The Vet when e saw it years ago was not bothered about it. The groomer caught the top of it when she was clipping her hair, it bled and she put silver spray on it. I do not want to put her under any op procedure as she is so old and currently it is not causing her issue, I will get you another pic in a few minutes, will wet the area around it hang on.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

Thank you! If it hasn't changed for years and she isn't bothered by it, I agree, just keep it clean. There's no need to medicate it.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
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Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Thank you
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

Better! This appears to be an ulcerated sebaceous gland tumor - nodular sebaceous hyperplasia, sebaceous epithelioma, or sebaceous adenoma. Erroneously called "warts", they're all benign and of cosmetic importance only. They don't respond to topicals. Just keep it clean. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

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Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Thank u very much for your time
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

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Customer: replied 9 months ago.
appreciate yr time and it has put my mind at rest