Skin tags and warts affect more than half the population today. These unsightly skin conditions come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Even though they are harmless, they are embarrassing and kind of gross. You cannot get a wart or a skin tag just by touching someone with a wart or skin tag. Before diving into tips and tricks on how to remove these two skin conditions, let’s figure out the difference.
What is a skin tag?
A skin tag is a common fleshy growth that usually appears on the skin area that experiences a lot of folding or creasing. They are uneven and texture. Also, they can be flat, irregular shaped, or even dangle or hang off the skin like an extra flap of flesh. Typically, a skin tag is the same color as your skin. Acrochordon is the specific name of skin tags; however, they are far less cool than their name eludes to. Commonly found in your armpits, neck, eyelids, or even the groin area. Fortunately, a skin tag is not a reason to start panicking as they are relatively harmless. Women who are pregnant and those who have diabetes may notice an increase in skin tags. The reason for this is because there is a collagen or blood vessel build up from your own skin to skin contact. Skin tags can be small and barely noticeable or can grow as large as a grape. They usually are painless; however, they have the same nerve endings as your skin and will react in the same way to pain.
A study in the US found that almost half of the country’s population had skin tags due to genetics alone. They are so common and sneak up on the best of us. Those who are obese or overweight may experience or notice an increase in skin tags due to there being more folds on the body.
What are Warts?
Like skin tags, warts are unsightly. Unlike skin tags, they are contagious. Exposure to a wart, like during sexual contact, can result in new warts to form. They do not dangle off the skin like a skin tag and have a round shape. They are typically pink or white. Some warts may appear in clumps and resemble cauliflowers. They are not particularly painful, but they are ugly.
When a wart appears, this is a sign that there is an infection in the top layer of the skin. This is a result of the human papillomavirus or HPV. There are over 100 different strains of HPV out there.