Skin tags, moles and warts are all very common skin blemishes but what are the real differences between them?
While they aren’t necessarily a health risk, they can become a nuisance, which is why it’s better to get rid of them.
Warts are hard bumps that usually appear on the feet, hands and even the knees. Warts are the result of a virus, which makes them contagious. It’s for this reason that it’s important to have a wart removed before you can pass the virus onto someone else.
While there are a number of over the counter treatments for warts, getting a dermatologist to freeze them off is always the better option.
Skin tag 101
Skin tags are tiny flaps of skin that can get caught on jewellery and rub against clothes. A skin tag usually starts out as a small bump but the more it rubs against your clothing, the further it’s pulled up.
Unlike warts, skin tags are not flat and almost dangle from the surface of the skin. Skin tags are more an irritation than anything else and can cause an infection if you rip them open, which is why it’s best to have them removed at The DOC Clinic.
Moles can be one of the most serious blemishes as they can be cancerous. This is not to say that all moles are dangerous though. In some cases, people have them removed for aesthetic reasons alone. If a mole changes in shape or colour, it’s time to get it checked out by a medical professional who can send it for analysis. Moles can also be easily removed using a number of different methods.
Skin lesion warning signs
If you are worried about a mole, wart or any other type of bump on your skin, here are a few tips to help you decide whether you should see a doctor.
- Know what a typical mole looks like. A typical mole is never multi-coloured and they are also round in shape. If your mole isn’t one colour and an irregular shape, it might be time to get it checked. A mole should also never go from being flat to raised.
- When did the bump or wart first appear? If a bump or wart has been on your skin for longer than 6 weeks, it’s time to see a doctor.
- Monitor the healing process. If a wart or bump is always bleeding or it simply won’t heal, it could be a potential warning sign and it should be checked by a medical professional.
What about DIY Treatments?
There is a lot of information on how you can remove skin tags, moles and warts at home but not all of these methods are safe. The reason why it’s best to see a medical professional at a reputable cosmetic clinic such as The DOC Clinic is because you reduce the risk of complications such as scarring and infection.
Instead of spending money and time on products and methods that don’t work, rather get a professional dermatologist to remove your skin blemish correctly the first time around.