Benign Growths (Skin Tags and Warts)

Benign growths are noncancerous bumps that appear on the skin. Two common types are:

  • Skin tags: Soft, flesh-colored or slightly darker, small, finger-like projections that typically appear on the neck, armpits, or groin areas. They are caused by friction between skin surfaces.
  • Warts: Rough, raised bumps on the skin caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). They are contagious and can spread through direct contact with an infected person or contaminated surfaces. There are over 100 different types of HPV, and different types cause different warts. Common types include common warts, plantar warts, and flat warts.

Treatments: While benign and typically harmless, some people may choose to have them removed for cosmetic reasons. Skin tags can be easily removed by a dermatologist with clipping, cryotherapy, or laser treatment. Warts have various treatment options depending on the type, including topical medications, cryotherapy, laser therapy, or in-office procedures like curettage or surgical removal.

Disclaimer: Treatment success rates vary depending on the type of benign growth. While some may be easily removed, others like some warts may require persistent treatment to prevent recurrence. Consulting a dermatologist for diagnosis and treatment is recommended.