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Dr. Dan Fisher
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What is the difference between a skin tag and a wart? How can I tell the difference between them? How can I remove them?

What is the difference between a skin tag and a wart? How can I tell the difference between them? How can I remove them?

Easy: Skin tags look like regular skin, usually on thin stalk that can be "pulled up" or stretched from the skin. Often occur under arms, in groin, around neck. Wart has rough surface- like a small cauliflower - often more firm - does not feel like normal skin. Warts often on hands / feet. Warts can be frozen off or can apply various topical agents regularly. Skin tags can be ligated, frozen or cut. ...Read more

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Dr. Vicken Poochikian
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Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Warts (Definition)

Warts are outgrowths of the skin, usually caused by a virus. They are self-limited, meaning that they can go away on its own ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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How can I tell the difference between a skin tag and a wart? I have either a skin tag or a wart, but i'm not sure which it is. How can I tell the difference?

Warts : Warts are also called verruca. Warts are caused by viruses that get into the skin. There are many kinds of warts with differing appearances. In the beginning a wart can be a skin colored tiny lump. When you see a wart on the foot, it can look like a callous. There is one type of wart that looks like a cauliflower. Although warts are bumps, they tend to have a flattened surface on the top. Warts are contagious. Skin tags are called acrochordons. They develop in places where there is friction like the underarm, the groin and the neck. They are small skin growths. Sometimes they look like a little tag of skin, hanging off (hence the name). They are not contagious or dangerous. ...Read more

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Dr. Vicken Poochikian
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Dr. Michael Fisher
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How do I tell the difference between a skin tag or genital wart in the vagina?

How do I tell the difference between a skin tag or genital wart in the vagina?

Genital Wart Vrs Tag: The difference between genital warts and a skin tag is very distinctive. Genital warts are the result of a sexually transmitted disease (std). A skin tag is the result of age, pregnancy, obesity and heredity. In addition, other factors (such as symptoms) make these two conditions different. See your doctor for help. ...Read more

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Dr. Tsu-Yi Chuang
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How can you tell the difference between a skin tag and a HPV wart?

How can you tell the difference between a skin tag and a HPV wart?

Locations: Skin tag usually present at neck, arm pits and sometines under breasts and groins. They are tiny(1-2 mm) and sometimes, elongated. Warts caused by hpv can be anywhere, but commonly, hands/fingers(called hand warts), bottom of feet(called plantar warts) and ano-genital areas (called genital warts). They are usually larger (>5mm). ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Killian
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What's the difference betweenof skin tags and genitaly warts?

Skin: Warts are an infection caused by human papilloma virus. They are sharp, small and often found in clusters. A skin tag is not microscopic, it is not sharp, is most often found in places with increase skin on skin friction or clothes on skin friction. ...Read more

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Dr. Archibald Miller
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What is the difference between genital wart and skin tag?

What is the difference between genital wart and skin tag?

Viral infection: A wart is a viral infection transmitted by contact. A skin tag is a small overgrowth of normal skin easily removed. ...Read more

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Dr. Addagada Rao
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I'm unsure if I have skin tags or warts. Is there a way i can send an image so you can take a look?

I'm unsure if I have skin tags or warts. Is there a way i can send an image so you can take a look?

Will not help: Skin tags , and warts caused by hpv virus both are benign conditions, but need physician examination to make sure it is not skin cancer. Only professionally taken pictures may help, but still need clinical examination to give correct diagnosis please see your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Martin Raff
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Is it normal to get gental warts and skin tags at the same time? 1st time for both. The warts were treated but how do I get rid of the tags?

Is it normal to get gental warts and skin tags at the same time? 1st time for both. The warts were treated but how do I get rid of the tags?

HPV: You should definitely consider hpv vaccine and be examined by your gynecologist to be sure that there are no cervical changes. Skin tags can be removed easily by your friendly dermatologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Marsha Davis
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What are effective natural ways to remove skin tags or warts on underarm?

What are effective natural ways to remove skin tags or warts on underarm?

Skin tag: Can be removed by tiring strings around them really tightly until the skin does and the fall off. You can try to get rid of warts by covering with duct tape( real kind) and only removing it to change it until wart is gone). Warts are more difficult ...Read more

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Dr. Deborah Cole-Sedivy
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Skin Tags (Definition)

Cutaneous skin tags are small, usually harmless (benign) skin growths that are easily removed by a doctor. Sometimes, warts ...Read more


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