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Moles, Warts and Skin Tags and The Difference between the Disturbing Skin Growths

By Edited Aug 12, 2016 1 1


Skin problems are very common which is not surprising considering that the skin is the largest organ. In addition to a large number of skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and vitiligo, many people complain about their skin being either too dry or too moist, some suffer from acne, while the others are worried about moles, warts and skin tags. These usually are not serious but can make one feel miserable, especially if having "ugly" skin growths on the face, neck or other visible areas.

Moles, medically called nevi are pigmented cells that can appear anywhere on the body. They are typically slightly raised, oval to round brown spots though they greatly vary in shape, size an color. It is not unusual to develop reddish, flesh-colored to dark brown moles which can be as small as a pinhead or very large, sometimes covering an entire limb. They are usually harmless but can become cancerous in some cases. Most people have some moles but the scientists do not know why they develop nor for what purpose. Moles are not contagious.

Warts are skin growths which are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). Several types of warts exist which vary in shape and affect different parts of the body. Except for genital warts that are associated with increased risk of cancer, warts developed elsewhere on the body are generally harmless and often disappear on their own. Different types of human papillomavirus cause different types of warts. Some of the most common warts include common warts (usually affecting hands), plantar warts (most often found on the soles of the feet), mosaic warts (affecting hands or soles of the feet), flat warts (seen of the facial area, neck, hands and knees) and filiform warts (most often affecting the face, in first place the area around eyes and lips). All types of warts are contagious and spread from person to person though everyone are not equally susceptible to the virus causing disturbing skin growths.

Skin tags are small, flesh-colored skin growths which most often appear on the face – especially eyelids, neck, under the breasts, armpit and groin folds. They are not contagious and are usually harmless but they can be very disturbing. Skin tags are believed to develop from skin rubbing against skin and tend to be more common in overweight people though as much as one half of the population is estimated to have at least one skin tag.


Moles, warts and skin tags are very common skin conditions. They are usually harmless but all can develop on the face, neck and other visible areas which can be very disturbing because they are not particularly aesthetic. Moles and skin tags are not contagious, while warts are caused by human papillomavirus which spreads from person to person.



Nov 29, 2010 6:28am
Skin tags, that's what they call it. Thanks for this informational article. Thumbs up.
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