A 24-year-old male asked:
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i was told skin tags caused by hpv are spreadable. if so, how can i tell if its a natural tag or by hpv? i know it isn't a wart, so why can it spread?

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Dr. Addagada Rao
55 years experience General Surgery
Two distinct things: Warts caused by hpv virus are entirely different than skin tags, biopsy (histology of tissue) will easily distinguish one from other besides clinical appearance.
Answered on Apr 15, 2018
Dr. David Liu
Dr. David Liu answered
18 years experience Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Not skin tag: Hpv, or human papilloma virus, causes warts, including common warts and genital warts. These are different from skin tags. A skin tag is generally a flap of skin or similar, while a wart is flat. Because warts contain virus, they can be infectious. To be sure, see your provider.
Answered on Feb 7, 2016
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