How do I know if it is a mole or a wart?
These are some common characteristics that can help you determine whether the growth on your skin is a mole or wart.
- Are generated by pigment cells in your skin.
- Cannot be transmitted between people.
- Can become cancerous (melanoma).
- Are either flat or elevated from the skin.
- Sometimes have hair growing from them.
- Are usually one color and do not change from month to month.
- Will darken during hormonal changes, for example during adolescence and pregnancy.
- Are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV).
- Normally grow outward from the skin (except verrucas, which occur on the feet and tend to grow inwards due to the pressure from your body weight).
- Often have small black dots in the center - tiny blood vessels that provide the warts with nutrients.
- Can grow anywhere on your body but are more likely to occur in certain areas, such as feet, hands and fingers.
- Usually disappear on their own after a couple of years although it can take longer.