Skin Tags And Moles: When Should You Worry About Them?

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Skin Tags And Moles: When Should You Worry About Them?

Are you concerned about your skin tags and moles? Feel like they are ruining the look of your otherwise smooth skin? Fret not. You may be dealing with skin tags or moles which are usually harmless and easily treated with the care of a dermatologist.

No matter whether you are a teenager or an adult, it is always wise to know about the marks, skin tags and moles on your body and watch for changes. This is because the more you know about your skin and its changes; the less likely is the possibility of those changes triggering undue fears and worries regarding your health. And, having a doctor to take a look can be your most reliable option.

Read on to know everything you need to know about skin tags and moles!

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Skin Tags
What Are They?
Also known as polyps, fibromas or papillomas, skin tags are narrow stalks of skin which bulge at the end. Although less common in children, they can occur to anyone and in any age group. Skin tags are benign flesh-coloured growths which usually develop in those areas of the skin which rub together. The common areas include eyelids, neck, breast and armpit.

What Causes Skin Tags?
Usually, skin tags are believed to develop because of friction between adjacent areas of skin or between the skin and clothes. Due to increased skin-to-skin contact and friction, skin tags are very common in overweight people. Research even suggests that skin tags can be related to an excess of insulin in the blood. Skin tags may even happen to women during pregnancy.

Moles
What Are They?
Moles are another kind of skin growth which is made up of clusters of pigmented cells. They are usually darker in colour than the surrounding skin. These are common oval or round growths which may be pink, brown, tan or black. Most people usually have 10-40 moles on their body. Though moles are generally harmless, tracking them for changes is very important.

What Causes Moles?
Moles are formed when cells known as melanocytes grow together in clusters in the skin. The spots may either be flat or raised. Moles can appear anywhere on the body and are at times with you from birth. Since a mole with a diameter larger than that of a pencil eraser can be dangerous, it is always wise to keep an eye on it and monitor for changes.

Now that you are aware of skin tags and moles you can make an informed decision to have either removed by a reliable dermatologist.

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