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Skin Tags, Warts and Moles Oh My… Reasons to See a Dermatologist

Worried about your skin health? A dermatologist visit will help!
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The skin is the most exposed surface of the body, and it can be affected by a variety of conditions. Skin tags, warts and moles are some of the most common skin issues that can be seen on the face, neck, hands and other areas of the body. While these conditions are often harmless, it’s important to get them checked out by a dermatologist to determine if there’s a cause for concern.

Skin Tags

Skin tags are small, soft bumps that often appear in areas where skin rubs together, such as the neck, underarms, and groin. While skin tags do not usually have a negative effect on your health, they can be a nuisance and become irritated when they rub against clothing or jewelry.

In some cases, skin tags may be a sign of an underlying condition, such as diabetes or obesity. If you notice irritation or are concerned about having skin tags, you can visit a dermatologist to have them removed or otherwise treated.

Warts

Warts are caused by viral infections and can be spread through direct contact or shared contact with objects. These small spots can be itchy and uncomfortable and often spread if left untreated. Because warts can be present anywhere on the body and are easily spread, it’s important to get treated as soon as possible.

There are many home remedies that can be used to reduce the size of warts or completely eliminate them. If these treatments don’t work, or you aren’t comfortable using them, dermatologists can treat warts with specialized medications, freezing or laser therapy.

Moles

Moles are small, dark spots on the skin that can be present from birth or develop over time. While most moles are harmless, some may indicate the presence of skin cancer. A dermatologist can examine moles and determine if they need to be removed or monitored for any changes.

If you notice a mole developing or are unhappy with the size of a mole, you can have them checked out by a dermatologist and explore removal options.

Seeing a dermatologist for skin tags, warts or moles is the best way to ensure that any skin conditions are properly diagnosed and treated. Dermatologists are trained to identify skin conditions and provide the most effective treatments to help keep your skin healthy and clear. With their specialized knowledge, you can also gain helpful advice and tips to help prevent skin tags, warts and moles from returning. If you are concerned about any skin tags, warts or moles, visiting a dermatologist can calm your fears and give you access to proper treatment.

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