Moles vs Skin Tags

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moles and skin tagsAlthough both moles and skin tags appear on the skin in various parts of the body, they are quite different and usually easily recognized as definitely being either moles or skin tags.

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Moles are usually small (less than a ¼ inch in diameter) with well-defined symmetrical borders and mostly a single shade of color throughout the mole ranging from pink to dark brown.  Everyone has at least one mole on their body but most have many more and some have two or three types of moles.  Some people are born with moles while other moles appear over time.  Sun exposure is thought to play a role in the development of moles.  All moles should be self examined regularly for signs of change and any suspicious moles should be checked by your dermatologist or doctor. 

Skin tags are little pieces of oddly shaped thick skin which hang off different parts of the body.  Some skin tags have a stalk or peduncle.  The most common place for skin tags is the eyelids and around the eye, but they can also appear under the arms, on the neck and on your back.  If there is one skin tag, then are often many others.   Skin tags can bleed because they have their own blood supply.  Fortunately, skin tags are benign so there is no health risks.  Nevertheless, many people like to have skin tags removed because of their appearance or for other reasons.  Skin tags develop in both men and women as they grow older particularly in the overweight or obese and when type 2 diabetes is present.

When you compare moles to skin tags, they have a different appearance but in spite of that some people do confuse them.  The important difference is that moles in rare cases can become cancerous while skin tags do not.  If you are unsure whether you have moles or skin tags in a particular area of your body, your doctor or dermatologist will give you a definite diagnosis particularly if you wish to remove them.

Both moles and skin tags can have be treated and if you feel they are unsightly or they get in the way when shaving or rub on your clothing or catch in your jewellery, it is often best to have them removed.

Both kinds of skin conditions can be removed by the following methods:

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