Some people are curious about the connection between flies and sarcoids, and the current consensus is that biting flies may be responsible. According to researchers, these insects inject a gene known as an oncogene into the skin that can induce the growth of cancer cells. The oncogene is thought to originate from the bovine papilloma virus.
Sarcoids can grow very large and may be up to 3.1 to 3.9 inches (8.5-10 cm) in diameter, but most of the time they remain much smaller than that. There are several treatment options for sarcoid tumors, including laser surgery. While surgical methods may have some side effects, they are effective and produce good cosmetic results.
Treatment for sarcoids depends on the type and location of the sarcoid, as well as its aggressiveness. A veterinarian may perform a biopsy to confirm the diagnosis. The best course of action is to remove the lesions as soon as possible. The success rate of topical treatments depends on the type of sarcoid, the depth of the lesions, and consistency of application. Some topical treatments may cause a burning sensation or other side effects.
In severe cases, sarcoids can be difficult to treat. Surgery or a topical treatment can be very expensive, and the treatment may take several months. Sarcoid treatment is most effective when the sarcoid is in its early stages.