Moles and warts are skin growths that typically aren’t harmful but can diminish your self-confidence. At Magnolia Dermatology in Cypress, Texas, board-certified dermatologist Samantha Robare, MD, examines and treats all types of moles and warts to promote clear, healthy skin. Call Magnolia Dermatology today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about moles and warts.
Moles and warts are skin growths that can develop nearly anywhere on the skin. Most of the time, these growths are harmless. However, they can cause some health concerns.
More people have moles than warts, but the former can evolve into skin cancer while the latter cannot. Meanwhile, if warts develop on the bottom of the feet, they can cause pain and discomfort.
Moles and warts share many similarities in appearance and size, but they have distinct differences, such as:
Moles are pigmented growths that are collections of melanocytes, pigment-producing skin cells. Most moles are brown or black, but they can also appear tan, skin-colored, or even dark blue. You’re more likely to develop moles before the age of 25. While moles tend to change as you age, rapid growth, color changes, or asymmetrical borders can indicate skin cancer.
The best way to protect yourself from skin cancer is to visit Magnolia Dermatology for annual skin cancer screenings. During these visits, Dr. Robare examines your moles for abnormalities.
Warts are grainy, skin-colored growths that can appear anywhere on the skin. However, they’re most common on the hands, elbows, and knees.
Plantar warts can also develop on the soles of the feet. These lesions often sit beneath a thick layer of skin. You may not realize you have a plantar wart. Unlike moles, warts can spread from person to person. This is especially true for genital warts.
While you can remove common warts on your own, over-the-counter (OTC) treatments aren’t as effective as professional solutions. Plantar warts are also difficult to remove with OTC products, and genital warts require professional treatment.
Moles develop when melanocytes cluster together and darken instead of spreading throughout the skin. While anybody can get moles, you’re more likely to have them if you spend a lot of time in the sun.
The human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common cause of warts. The virus spreads through small breaks in the skin and develops into small growths.
Moles and warts share many of the same treatments, but Dr. Robare may recommend performing a skin cancer screening if you have an abnormal mole before removing it. Standard treatments for moles and warts include:
To learn more about moles and warts, call Magnolia Dermatology today or schedule an appointment online.