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What is a wart?
Warts are growths on the skin that are not cancerous. They appear on the skin when the top layer of skin is infected by a virus. Usually, warts develop when the skin is damaged and the virus is able to enter into the skin. Warts are caused by the HP virus (human papillomavirus), which is contagious. People with weak immune systems tend to get warts more than a healthy individual. Warts can grow on any part of the body.
Type of Warts:
Common warts usually grow on your fingers and toes, but can appear elsewhere. They have a rough, grainy appearance and a rounded top. Common warts are grayer than the surrounding skin.
Plantar warts grow on the soles of the feet. Unlike other warts, plantar warts grow into your skin, not out of it. You can tell if you have a plantar wart if you notice what appears to be a small hole in the bottom of your foot that is surrounded by hardened skin. Plantar warts can make walking uncomfortable.
Flat warts usually grow on the face, thighs, or arms. They are small and not immediately noticeable. Flat warts have a flat top, as if they’ve been scraped. They can be pink, brownish, or slightly yellow.
Filiform warts grow around your mouth or nose and sometimes on your neck or under your chin. They are small and shaped like a tiny flap or tag of skin. Filiform warts are the same color as your skin.
Periungual warts grow under and around the toenails and fingernails. They can be painful and affect nail growth.
Laser treatment is an option for those who have very stubborn warts that do not respond to other treatments. Laser treatment works by specifically targeting the tiny blood vessels that feed the wart, causing the vessels to shut down and subsequently the wart drying up and falling off. The number of treatments required depends on the location and the size of the wart. Example; small warts may only need 1 – 2 treatments, however, larger warts may need 3 – 4 treatments at 2 week intervals.
Can warts be prevented?
There are ways to prevent warts and keep them from spreading to other parts of your body if you already have one. Follow these simple guidelines:
- Wash your hands regularly, especially if you’ve been in contact with someone with warts.
- Don’t pick at your warts.
- Cover warts with a bandage.
- Keep your hands and feet dry.
- Wear shower shoes (flip-flops) when in a locker room or communal bathing facility.
SKIN TAG REMOVAL
What are skin tags?
Skin tags are very common and generally occur after midlife, and can appear anywhere on the skin. A skin tag is a small raised piece of skin which may also have a stalk, and looks like a small piece of soft, hanging skin. Under the microscope, skin tags are thicker skin containing clusters of collagen and blood vessels. It is believed that skin tags form as a result of skin rubbing against skin. That’s the reason why skin tags are most often found around skin creases and folds, and where skin rubs against clothing. Common areas include the neck, eyelids, under arm area, under the breasts and the groin.
Reasons for skin tag removal
- Not very nice to see
- No more irritation caused by friction
- Simple and painless
- Fast and permanent
Am I a good candidate?
If you have skin tags that are visible (not easily covered by clothing) which cause you social discomfort, or, are irritated by friction, you are a good candidate for skin tag removal treatments.
Will removing a skin tag cause more to grow?
There is no evidence to suggest that skin tag removal will cause more tags to grow. Certain people are simply more prone to developing them, and may have new growths periodically.
What are cherry angiomas?
Red moles, or cherry angiomas, are common skin growths that can develop on most areas of your body. They’re also known as senile angiomas spots. They’re usually found on people aged 30 and older. The collection of small blood vessels inside a cherry angioma give them a reddish appearance. This type of skin growth is typically not a cause for concern unless it bleeds often or changes in size, shape, or color. Talk to your doctor if you notice any bleeding or changes in appearance.
What do they look like?
A cherry angioma is often bright red, circular or oval in shape, and small — usually ranging in size from a pinpoint to about one-fourth of an inch in diameter. Some cherry angiomas appear smooth and even with your skin, while others appear slightly raised. They most often grow on the torso, arms, legs, and shoulders.
Bleeding can occur if the angioma is scratched, rubbed, or cut open.
What causes cherry angiomas?
As the name suggests, cherry angiomas appear as tiny cherry red domes measuring 1 to 4 mm in diameter. Early angiomas are flat. They may occur as solitary lesions or number in the hundreds. They may be found on all body sites
How are cherry angiomas diagnosed?
Only a doctor can make a diagnostic. You may chose to see your dermatologist who will examine with a dermatoscope the lesion and will tell you if an angiomas co-exist with moles or other suspicious skin lesions.
Are there conditions associated with cherry angiomas?
Cherry angiomas are frequently associated with hormonal changes particularly pregnancy. They often co-exist with seborrheic keratoses and with increasing age.
What is the likely outcome of cherry angiomas?
Cherry angiomas in adults tend to persist unless treated. Some people will continue to accumulate these lesions with age. However, in young children, they frequently spontaneously disappear.