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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?

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. Deborah Cole-Sedivy
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Skin Tags (Definition)

Skin tags (acrochordons) are soft outpouchings of skin that may be caused by skin friction. They may grown under the arms or breasts & on neck, ...Read more


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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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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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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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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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How similar are genital warts and genital skin tags?

How similar are genital warts and genital skin tags?

Two different...: These are completely different problems that are treated in different ways. A lot depends on exactly what they are. See a dermatologist! ...Read more

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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?

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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I think I have génital warts but many people say they can be confused as skin tags i wanted to know the diffrence betwen the two ?

I think I have génital warts but many people say they can be confused as skin tags i wanted to know the diffrence betwen the two ?

Hard to tell...: Skin tags do occur in the groin, as do genital warts, or condyloma. Your local dermatologist can tell for sure. Tags don't commonly occur on the shaft of penis, scrotum or labia and are more often in the folds or crease of the thigh. Have someone take a look... ...Read more

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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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What to do if I have some kind of genital warts or skin tags?

What to do if I have some kind of genital warts or skin tags?

Here are some...: If the lesions are obviously skin tags, leave them alone as long as you cope with them well mentally and physically. If genital warts for sure, get rid of them, but do the same for partners with close follow-up, and maintain monogamy, and treat other STDs if highly suspected. Occasionally, biopsy is needed for differential diagnosis. ...Read more

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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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Does the wart acid sold OTC really work in removing skin tags?

Does the wart acid sold OTC really work in removing skin tags?

Yes: Salicylic acid impregnated pads can be used on skin tags. Place the pad over the skin tag for 24 hours and remove and wash. Over 1-2 weeks you should spontaneously remove the tag without pain. Do not use salicylic acid on open wounds/inflamation. Be careful of using the patches on the face or groin. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if wart remover can remove skin tags?

Can you tell me if wart remover can remove skin tags?

Probably : This is an acid and may work . Be careful as this is soft tissue as opposed to something that is hard and needs more liquid to work it out. Would not recommend this but you can try it. Suggest you see a dermatologist. I ...Read more

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I've got some kind of genital warts or skin tags. Help please?

I've got some kind of genital warts or skin tags.  Help please?

Hard to know: Without an exam, it would be hard to tell. See your doctor for the proper exam. Both are treatable. ...Read more

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Is it safe to not treat genital warts or genital skin tags?

See a dermatologist: Depending upon where these are and what they look like they may need treatment or potentially biopsy. ...Read more

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Is there a topical application that is safe and effective for getting rid of skin tags and flat warts?

Let doc do it.: Wart-off, compond-w may help to get rid of it, however, not very effective. Dermatologist can do a better job. ...Read more

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I have skin tags in both armpits. What's a quick safe way to remove them myself at home? Would wart freeze away work? Thanks!

I have skin tags in both armpits. What's a quick safe way to remove them myself at home? Would wart freeze away work? Thanks!

Wart freeze: Wart freeze would work. Also can be shaved or cut using sharp scissors after numbing with ice cubes. Tying them with a thread if they are big enough is another option. ...Read more

Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Warts (Definition)

Wart = benign skin growth ...Read more