Warts, Moles, and Skin Tags
Warts Types and Removal
There are quite a few different types of skin problems that become a bothersome issue that impacts the lives of more men, women, and children on a daily basis. Among those that tend to cause the largest amount of embarrassment and frustration are warts, moles, and skin tags. A lot of the mental anguish that is often caused by these skin disorders is because they commonly appear anywhere on the body, and this also includes the face and neck.
A virus that is known as HPV and more commonly referred to in the medical world as the human papillomavirus is responsible for the growth of warts. This particular virus is known for causing the stimulation of cells to begin growing rather quickly on the outer surface of the skin, and it results in warts. This typically occurs after a person has had close contact with another person that has HPV, as it is a highly contagious virus. Touching various objects that an infected person has previously been in touch with is another way that individual can end up being infected with HPV.
A majority of warts will appear on a person’s hands, close to the fingernails, and directly on the fingers. However, there are particular kinds of HPV that will cause the growth of warts to appear on a person’s genitals.
If you believe you are experiencing problems with warts, you need to be aware that there are three main types of warts that can appear on the skin, and they are as follows:
- Flat Warts – Children and teenagers are more likely to have problems with this particular type of warts than adults do. These warts occur most commonly within the female gender. The texture of these growths is smooth, they are often quite small, they are flat, and they usually appear on the face. However, another area that they can also appear is on the legs.
- Plantar Warts – This type of growth usually appears on the soles of the person’s feet. They appear to be small lumps that are either light brown or flesh colored and tiny blood vessels that are clotted can be seen as black dots that are very tiny.
- Genital warts – As the name obviously implies, these warts tend to appear on a person’s genitals, as well as the pubic area. They can be extremely uncomfortable and also appear within a woman’s vagina, as well as in or on the outer portion of the anus of both men and women. This type of wart can grow rather quickly, and they frequently appear in clusters or groups of three or four cauliflower shaped or slight growths.
- These growths are red, pink, or flesh toned in color. In a majority of cases, these warts do not cause the individual to experience pain. However, itching, bleeding, and mild pain is suffered by some people. Among all sexually transmitted diseases in the North America region, HPV is by far the most common.
Most of the time, these growths will only go away without using any treatment. Genital warts, on the other hand, should be seen by a physician. In situations where warts do not go away on their own, and they are causing embarrassment or stress, there are several options for removal. Some of the most common techniques used today include the following:
- Various types of over-the-counter medications
- Cantharidin applications
- Laser surgery
- Surgical removal
- Different types of prescription medications
The best prevention a person can use to keep from ending up with warts on their skin would be to remain from being in close contact with a person that is affected, as well as avoiding all objects they have touched.
Moles Types & Removal
Moles are a very common type of skin problem, they are benign, and they are known in the medical field as skin lesions. These growths can appear on any particular area of the body, and they tend to be black or brown in color. At times you will notice them grow in groups, and others may appear alone. Moles typically start growing during the childhood years, and when a person has reached adulthood, it is not at all uncommon for them to have as few as 10 or as many as 40 moles on their body.
During the regular process of pigmentation, these cells are supposed to spread throughout the surface of a person’s skin. When this fails to happen, a cluster growth of cells (mole) can appear. This is what is known as melanocytes. The passing of time is generally what causes a mole to become darker in color. This can occur from pregnancy, the teenage years, and from the sun’s exposure.
There are two different types of moles, and they are as follows:
- Dysplastic Nevi Moles – The size of these moles tends to be quite irregular in their shape, they are usually bigger in size than that of a pencil’s eraser, and the center of these moles are often dark brown with the outer edge being lighter. A majority of individuals that have this particular type of mole will have over 100 moles covering their body. They individuals also have a much higher chance of moles developing into the type of skin cancer known as melanoma. This is why it’s so important for a dermatologist to be consulted when moles appear to be changing in their shape and size.
- Congenital Nevi Moles – These moles appear at the time a baby is born, and this skin disorder only happens to one individual out of about 100. People with this type of mole suffer a much higher risk of them turning into skin cancer or melanoma.
If you have noticed moles on your skin that are causing any worry, or if you think they may be changing, it is much better to consult with a specialist to ease your mind, rather than to worry for nothing. In the event it is something serious, it is much safer to catch these problems in the earliest possible stages.
Skin tags are harmless flaps of skin that are connected to a person’s body by a little stalk of skin. The most common areas that skin tags form on the body are in the armpits, on the neck, under a woman’s breasts, the back, and chest, or in the genital area. Skin tags are also a problem that is much more common in women that have added on extra weight, as well as individuals in the elderly generation. There is not any pain at all caused by skin tags. The only time they usually become tender is when they are located in areas where jewelry items or clothing can quickly rub them.
The extra growths or flaps of skin can easily be removed by a medical professional. The standard tools that are frequently used for this procedure are scissors or a scalpel. Other techniques that are also commonly used involve freezing the flap off or using electrosurgery, which is a procedure that burns the extra tissue off.