Warts, Moles and Skin Tags

Warts, Moles and Skin Tags

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Are Your Warts, Moles Or Skin Tags Hurting Your Confidence?

If you are a teenager and suffer from acne problems in a rather severe way, you know how this may lower your self-confidence. The same applies if you have a wart, mole or skin tag in parts of your body that are visible. Here I am talking about those ‘horrible warts’, moles or skin tags you may have or think that you have on your face.

Unfortunately today’s society is quite a materialistic one and it nurtures in us an exaggerated importance on our appearance. A lot of programs and advertisements on television, internet, magazines and other written, audio and visual media make us believe that we have to be good looking to succeed in life. Good values are more and more being shown the back door.

This is however partly true. Industries are trying (and they are succeeding) to build exaggerated needs in all of us, so they can sell us their products. Intelligence, the ability to build mutual beneficial relationship with people, being able to attain the required skills for a successful career is much more important. All these will build your confidence.

However it is also true that your self-confidence will help you to build all these and much more. This is because your self-confidence is also related to your looks. Therefore it is important to take care of how you look.

Nevertheless you have to control yourself and remember that although being good looking is a plus point, you have to take it with a pinch of salt and remember that there are many other things that can help you to build your confidence and succeed in life.

So if you keep looking at the mirror and your eyes always fall on your wart, mole or skin tag, remember that most probably you are exaggerating and your wart, mole or skin tag is not so horrible as you might think.

However if you want to get rid of it, remember that there are many ways you can do so. But remember that although removing your wart, mole or skin tag will increase your self confidence, do not fall into the mistake to believe that being good looking by itself will solve all your problems.

Instead consider it is a plus point in your favor and as another way to build your confidence.

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Can Skin Moles Develop Into a Cancerous Growth?

Skin Moles are extremely common. In fact, most adults have fifteen to twenty in a variety of places on their body. Some may have much more. Most of the skin moles appear during the first 20 years of the person’s life.

They are classified as a tumor and as such are the most common tumor among humans. The large majority of them is harmless and will not cause any problem except perhaps cosmetic problems.

Some can however be precancerous and can develop into very dangerous types of cancer. Your physician is the only one that can diagnose the danger of a growth. If a skin mole keeps coming back, it may be indicative of a possible melanoma.

Even though that sounds scary, most growths are perfectly harmless. The harmful or dangerous ones are referred to as dysplastic nevi. These are the ones that can eventually become melanoma. These atypical growths are most common in people with a genetic predisposition.

Here are some signs that your skin mole might be dangerous. This is not a complete list. If you suspect something more, you should contact your physician right away.

Cancerous skin moles may possess one, some, or all of the following qualities:

Larger than an eraser on a pencil

  • Inconsistent shape or color
  • Spontaneously bleed
  • Painful or itchy
  • Changes in size and color
  • Inflammatory changes that cannot be justified by an external factor.

If you are concerned about a skin mole being cancerous or dangerous, only your physician will be able to put your mind completely at ease. The sooner you contact a physician; the better off you will be if the skin mole is dangerous.


 Different Types of Warts – What is a Foot Wart?

Foot warts are a type of warts that can be found at the bottom of the foot. A foot wart is about 1cm in diameter and is generally paler than the nearby skin. It has tiny black dots at the centre.

Foot warts have the tendency to group together into clusters. Because it is at the bottom of the foot, this type of wart is generally quite flat.

Sometimes it may cause pain because of the constant pressure exerted on them when walking. Further more, because of this constant pressure, it has the tendency to grow back inside the foot.

A foot wart is also known by the name of plantar wart. The medical name for this type of wart is ‘verruca plantaris’ or just ‘verruca’.

The human papilloma virus or HPV causes foot warts. This virus is responsible also for other type of warts. The human papilloma virus can enter your skin from little cuts or scratches.

Unfortunately this virus is also contagious and so you may get foot warts from getting this virus from another individual. Objects that are touched by another individual that carries this virus may also be contagious.

The human papilloma virus dwells in wet and warm habitats. So bathrooms and swimming pool areas are excellent habitats for this virus. It is a good idea to take appropriate caution and as far as you can you may not walk bare footed in these areas.

Further more if you have this type of warts do not scratch it and then touch other parts of your body. Pay particular attention not to scratch it with your other foot since this may also increase the chance of getting a foot wart on your other foot as well.

There are many types of foot warts treatments that can help you to treat this type of wart. They include over the counter wart removal treatments, surgical wart removal treatment and home treatments for warts.


Filiform Warts – What Are the Characteristics of These Warts?

 Filiform warts are long and narrow rapid growing tumors of the outer skin layer. These tumors are however non-cancerous and so pose no real danger. Filiform warts are usually finger-like shaped and project themselves from the skin. They can more easily be found in certain areas such as on the:

  • Face
  • Eyelid
  • Nose
  • Lips
  • Chin
  • Neck

They are more common in elder children than any other age group. They may sometimes itch or even bleed when they become irritated. This usually happens when they are intentionally scratched or when they are accidentally rubbed against clothing.

In certain areas where they may be easily hit, they may create some discomforts and be a problem.

A filiform wart is caused by a viral infection. This viral infection is caused by the human papilloma virus or HPV for brevity.

A filiform wart is contagious. It may be transmitted:

  • From an area to another area of the same body
  • Directly From an individual to an individual
  • Indirectly from an individual to another individual

Transmission form an area to another area of the same body can occur when the individual scratches the filfiorm wart and touches other parts of the body. This may transmit the HPV, resulting in another growth in other areas.

Direct contact with another individual may result is transmission of the virus. This occurs when another wart of another individual is touched. This many easily happen in children when they are playing team games such as football or basketball.

Touching an object touched by another person can also result in contamination. This may happen when individuals use the same towel to dry their faces. The HPV may be transferred from the face of another individual to another resulting in a filiform wart.

Filiform warts generally go away by themselves after several months or a few years.

However since they more generally occur on visible areas of the individual, they may create some discomforts relating to the aesthetic aspect. In view of this one may consider treatment.

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How to Remove Skin Moles

What 7 Methods Can Be Used in the Removal of Skin Moles?

Skin moles are skin growths that may have a variety of colors, shapes and sizes. Although some may be regarded as beauty marks, many others are quite unsightly.

There are various methods that can help you remove skin moles.

  • Excision – This is a skin moles removal surgical procedure where local anesthesia is usually administered prior to the treatment. This method can be of two types namely excision with stitches and excision with cauterization. In the case of excision with stitches the growth is physically cut completely out. Stitches are then applied. In the case of excision with cauterization the growth is burned by an appropriate tool. Generally stitches may not be applied in this case.
  • Cryosurgery – Liquid nitrogen is circulated into a tool in order to bring its temperature to very low levels. The cells of the skin mole are destroyed by the very low temperatures. The growth dies because the cells burst off with the low temperatures and because the supply of blood to the cells of the growth is interrupted.
  • Shave biopsy – This skin moles removal procedure can be applied in the case where the skin mole is above the surface of the skin. An instrument is used to remove the part of the growth that is above the skin level.
  • Laser therapy – A concentrate beam of light is directed to the skin mole in order to destroy the cells its cells. Laser therapy may not be so efficient to treat growths that are deep inside the skin.
  • Prescription medicine – Your physician may prescribe the appropriate medication depending on your particular case.
  • Over the counter medication – Many of these medications are based on acids and therefore can cause a lot of scaring. Further more it is of the utmost important that the skin mole to be treated with over the counter medicine is not cancerous. If you are in doubt seek medical advice first. Never use over the counter medication on cancerous growths.
  • Home treatment – Home treatments have been used for many years. These include the application of easily find ingredients such as garlic, baking soda, honey, cauliflower juice and other ingredients. It is very important that if you have a suspicious skin mole to seek medial advice immediately. Do not use any home treatment on cancerous growths.

All the above skin moles removal treatments have their advantages and disadvantages. The degree of scarring and healing time depends on many factors. Be well informed about all the characteristic and side effects of the treatments before undergoing any skin moles removal procedure.


 How to Prevent a Skin Mole From Coming Back After Removal

Skin Moles do not usually come back once they have been removed. However sometimes in certain cases a skin mole may re-occur.

There are a few things you can do to try to prevent that the skin moles do not come back after removal. First it is important to heed all the advice given by your physician. It may also help however if you nurture good habits. Off course there is not a 100% formula but doing you part may help a lot.

Skin Moles have been linked to direct and indirect sunlight. Take precautions whenever you go outside, whether for a short or prolonged period. Not only does sunlight may cause skin moles, but it can increase wrinkles and other signs of aging.

The sun shines down two different types of rays. These are ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B. Both kinds are harmful to the skin and can eventually cause cancer. Tanning bends typically use ultraviolet A rays. Though these take a bit longer to do their damage, they are nonetheless harmful.

Many people associate sun damage with the summer time. However, winter sunlight can be just as dangerous. If you have ever seen someone who skis or spends time outside during the winter, you know this can be true. When there is snow on the ground, the sun’s rays can reflect off of the sun causing even more damage.

When one is in the water, it reduces the sun’s rays slightly. However, the protection you get is not nearly significant enough to justify no other methods of protection. Sand and water, like snow, can reflect the rays and cause more damage.

The sunlight can get to your skin through clouds and even a few feet of water. In fact, up to 80% of the sun’s rays can get through clouds or water.

Since water can wash off or render sunscreen completely ineffective, it is imperative that sunscreen is applied very often. In addition, you can minimize your exposure to harmful rays by carefully planning your activities. Between 10:00 in the morning and 3:00 in the afternoon, the sun is at its strongest. Clouds or an overcast day offer no protection against these rays.

Shade can save you a lot of exposure without hampering your activities. Consider planning your activities around some natural shade or an umbrella. Covering your skin will also protect you from the sun’s harm. Large hats can protect your head and neck. Long sleeves and long plants are a very effective barrier as well. Consider a light and flowing fabric to deal with the heat.

When purchasing sunglasses, look for those that are designed to block against harmful rays. Many inexpensive pairs offer no UV ray protection whatsoever. Sunglasses that do protect against these rays should have a label or some other indicator that they do protect against these rays.

As mentioned earlier, diligent application of sunscreen can protect your skin against both types of harmful rays. You should seek a sunscreen that is at least SPF 30. (For those of you that have wondered, SPF stands for sun protective factor).

Do not be stingy with the sunscreen and do not be afraid to reapply often. It is rendered ineffective after some heavy sun exposure and can easily wash off in the pool or even be washed off by sweat. A good general rule is to reapply sunscreen once an hour if you are swimming or working heavily outside.

The sun can penetrate clothing, so try to take a two-pronged defense by wearing protective clothing and utilizing sunscreen. Clothing that has a very tight weave is more protective that stretchy or elastic clothing.

The sun is extremely harmful to children and most of us make sure to lair our children in sunscreen. But never forget your own skin protection as well, no matter what your age, the sun can be very harmful.

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