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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?

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?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Patricia Foster
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Hpv (Definition)

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection. There are over 100 different types of HPV that causes warts in different areas of the body. HPV is incredibly common and almost all sexually active men and women get it during their lifetime. Most of the time HPV does not cause any symptoms or complications. However, A limited number of these HPV viruses are pathogenic and if not monitored carefully can be responsible for causing cervical and penile cancer. Some of these viruses have been ...Read more


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Ped. Told friend baby girl had skin tags. At 9 yrs, took to derm who said she had anal warts. Could yrs of nontreatmnt be bad & will HPV shot help?

Ped. Told friend baby girl had skin tags. At 9 yrs, took to derm who said she had anal warts. Could yrs of nontreatmnt be bad & will HPV shot help?

Mode of transmission: HPV vaccine would not help. The important question is how did a 9 year old girl got anal warts. I think your friend needs to discuss this with the pediatrician as soon as possible. It is a medical-legal consequence if those are really due to a HPV-related infection. Your dermatologist should have acted on this as well as your pediatrician. ...Read more

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I am experiencing what looks like skin tags at the bottom opening of my vagina.Are genital warts able to be cured? Are hpv and genital warts the same?

I am experiencing what looks like skin tags at the bottom opening of my vagina.Are genital warts able to be cured? Are hpv and genital warts the same?

Warts and HPV: First, skin tags are a normal anatomic variant. Vestibular papillomatosis also is another normal and commonly at the vaginal opening. Google both for photos; if still uncertain, see a doctor to confirm, but maybe not warts. All warts (genital or anywhere else) are caused by HPV, but most HPV infections don't result in warts. Warts are easily treated and cured, although HPV itself often persists. ...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 happening then if i have one doctor said i have skin tag on my balls and one doctor said it is hpv warts. What can i do?

What happening then if i have one doctor said i have skin tag on my balls and one doctor said it is hpv warts. What can i do?

Wart versus skin tag: Most genital warts in men are penile; they can occur on the scrotum, but usually not only there. Single warts are not the norm; usually there are several. New warts are most common in men younger than you, whereas skin tags tend to become more common with age. These factors all favor skin tag. Discuss again with both doctors, or get third opinion. If doubt remains, maybe remove or biopsy it. ...Read more

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What's the difference betweenof skin tags and genitaly warts?

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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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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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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Recently diagnosis with hpv. Andi'm noticing skin tags around my neck i didn't have before. Is this a symptom?

Recently diagnosis with hpv. Andi'm noticing skin tags around my neck i didn't have before. Is this a symptom?

NO….: There is no relationship between hpv and skin tags on you neck, arms, or under your breasts (most common places to get skin tags). ...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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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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Is there a topical application that is safe and effective for getting rid of skin tags and flat warts?

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

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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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Is small nodules that look like skin tags on the genitals always hpv?

No: Very commonly these are genital warts caused by hpv, but they could also be molluscum, skin tags, seborrheic keratoses, or another lesion. Most of these are benign, but when in doubt, always have these examined, especially if they are changing or growing. ...Read more

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Are skin tags, white painful spots in mouth, related to HPV in an kind of way?

Are skin tags, white painful spots in mouth, related to HPV in an kind of way?

Mouth lesions: Skin tags are outpourings of skin. They do not occur in the mouth. White patches in mouth can be canker sores or aphthous stomatitis. Not caused by HPV. ...Read more

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I have small lesion on my perianal body I want to know is it warts or skin tags ? I have anal fissure

Dr. Mark Pack Dr. Pack
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I have small lesion on my perianal body I want to know is it warts or skin tags ? I have anal fissure

Hard to say: without an exam I am not able to answer your question. See your primary doctor to get the proper exam. ...Read more

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Hi I recently asked about genital skin tags. Reply was possibly warts. How is it possible I've been married for many years to my husband.

POSSIBILITY...: It's POSSIBLE that they could be warts... more than likely they are just skin tags. We all know what those look like. If you want to be SURE, see a dermatologist for a diagnosis and possibly a biopsy. ...Read more

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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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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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How can I get rid of skin tags, will wart remover or floss work?

Probably not: Aside from all the bleeding, they'll probably come back. See an appropriate md. ...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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I have growths in my vagina... My first doctor said they were normal but my second said they might be skin tags or hpv... I don't know what to think?

Bothersome?: If the skin tags are bothering you, whether they are hpv related or just plain skin tags, you can ask your doctor to remove them. So long as they aren't cancerous, there's no problem in cutting them off, burning them off, tying them off, etc. Skin tags and hpv related condylomas can be irritating. If it bothers you, speak up and remove them. If md won't, find a doctor who will. ...Read more

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I have white (almost my skin tone) finger like bumps under the head of my penis near the opening. Is this warts or skin tags?

I have white (almost my skin tone) finger like bumps under the head of my penis near the opening. Is this warts or skin tags?

Maybe papules?: Check out pictures of "pearly penile papules" and see if this isn't you. If this is what you have, it's your choice. For many couples, they're a definite "plus". Or if your lifetime partner would prefer, they can be lasered away. ...Read more

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I have 3 flesh colored protrusions on my anus. Are they warts or skin tags? I also have frequent hemorrhoids. I've never had anal intercourse.

See answer: Flesh colored protrusions are generally either skin tags or hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids generally change in size whereas skin tags do not change. Warts or condyloma have the appearance of the attached photo. You would need to have then looked at by a medical professional for confirmation. ...Read more

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


Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Warts (Definition)

Wart = benign skin growth ...Read more