Firstly, you need to confirm that you have CNH before you attempt treatment. Visit your doctor to get a skin biopsy for an accurate diagnosis. Once you’ve determined that you have CNH, there are two basic treatment paths:
There are several options when it comes to surgical treatments for CNH. Firstly, there is curettage, which means your doctor will remove the lesion when you have the initial biopsy. However, your doctor may want to perform a shave biopsy rather than a full removal if there’s a chance that the nodule is cancerous. During a shave biopsy, your doctor will make a shallow cut to remove a high-quality tissue sample. This procedure cuts down on scarring and makes the results of cancer tests more accurate.
If you have the entire nodule removed, the quality of the sample will decline. So, talk to your doctor about the likelihood of skin cancer and the best option to protect your health before you choose the surgical option.
Some other surgical options include:
- Formal excision of the nodule, which means your doctor will remove the tissue down to the cartilage and put sutures in
- Cryotherapy, where the nodule is literally frozen off
These approaches each have their advantages and disadvantages so consider your options carefully before making a decision.
Don’t be afraid to talk to a skin specialist if you’re concerned about any lesions or spots on your skin. After all, it may prove to be something harmless like CNH. And if it’s not, then early detection is key to the best outcome possible.