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WARTS/MOLES AND GROWTHS

Nevus Spilus, Melanoma Simulator

As we get older and wiser we often develop additional growths on our bodies.

We can develop warts just about anywhere, but they are most common on the feet, hand, genitals and face. Warts are caused by the wart virus or HPV (Human Papilloma Virus). Warts can often grow and spread. Unlike what many patients believe, warts can sometimes be very difficult to treat. Often many treatments are required before warts resolve. Our dermatologist has co-authored several papers about warts, which were published in medical journals.

Moles can either be benign, cancerous or precancerous. One way to differentiate between is to follow the "ABCD" rule.

A=Asymmetry

B=Border

C=Color

D=Diameter

Mole Present From Birth

An asymmetrical mole has one side that differs from the other side.

An irregular mole has an outer edge is not smooth.

For a mole to be considered suspicious, its color often is not a uniform brown, but may have black, blue, white, red or other colors within.

A mole's diameter may be cause for concern, especially if it is equal to or greater than the size of a pencil eraser.

Verruca (wart)

We consider a mole suspicious when it deviates from the above criteria. In that case often, a biopsy may have to be performed.

Removing a mole, wart or growth is almost always performed in the office. Discomfort is generally minimal, depending upon how many warts or growths need to be removed and where the bumps are located. Often topical anesthetic can be used to minimize any discomfort.