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).
  • Are contagious.
  • Are usually harmless.
  • 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.

Wart removal

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Preventing warts

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