Skin Growths That Look Like Warts: Remove Or Not?

Skin lesions are medically described as primary and secondary. Primary skin lesions arise spontaneously on the skin whereas secondary skin lesions refer to any changes due to external factors such as trauma, scratching, rubbing, sting or infection. Distinguishing a benign skin lesion such as an atypical mole from a cancerous condition can be tricky so you may be referred to a dermatologist to make the diagnosis if there is any concern.

Warts are small hard growths on the skin that typically appear on the fingers, hands and feet, but can appear at any site. The virus that causes warts belongs to the human papillomavirus (HPV) family which is transmitted by touch.

The difference between these 2 types of freckles is that ephelides usually appear during the summer and disappear during the winter, while a lentigo is darker and almost never fades during the winter.


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Warts are harmless and commonly disappear on their own over a period of 1- 5 years, but some people may choose to remove them for cosmetic reasons or if they are in a painful location. Medical treatment is recommended for warts that are large, numerous or have appeared in sensitive areas. 4

A mole (also called a melanocytic naevus) is a benign skin growth caused by a cluster growth of pigment cells (melanocytes). Moles usually present like small brown spots on the skin, but may also appear in different colors, shapes and sizes. Moles can appear anywhere on the body.

Further in this article you will find explanations and pictures of some of the common types of benign skin lesions.

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Below we’ll go through common non-malignant and malignant skin lesions 1 , please note that some of the featured skin lesions images are graphical in appearance.

Ephelides are very common in fair-skinned and redheaded people, and typically occur on the face, upper body and hands. Ephelides appear on the skin as flat tan and light brown spots.

Acne is most common among adolescents and young adults. There are effective acne medications and treatments available, but acne may persist. Acne can surface on the skin both as multiple skin lesions or a rash. 2

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Skin tags are also referred to as: acrochordon, cutaneous papilloma, fibroepithelial polyp, filiform, fibroma pendulum, and soft fibroma. Skin tags are not harmful but may sometimes be removed for aesthetic reasons. 5

Freckles are common benign skin lesions that usually appear on sun-exposed skin as small, flat tan or light-brown spots. Freckles usually appear on the face of red-headed and on individuals with lighter skin tones and hair colour.

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