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Warts vs. Moles - All You Need To Know!

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Dermatologist
Dermatologist, Delhi  •  19years experience
Warts vs. Moles - All You Need To Know!

Everyone wants to have bright and radiating skin. But blemishes and skin abnormalities are common and can occur due to lifestyle, diet, or hormonal imbalances. Moles and warts are typical skin issues. But how do you tell them apart? Here we differentiate between mole and warts?

Moles - What are they?

Mole is different from warts. Hardly ever causing pain, they appear in many different colours and can be bumpy or flat. Most often of red, brown, or black colour, they occur as a result of skin pigmentation called melanocytes. Mole can be caused due to direct exposure to sunlight or due to genetic factors as well. Mole can appear in any part of the body and form slowly, taking a long time to grow.

Warts – What are they?

Warts are different from the mole, these are small bumps or rough growth on the skin that appear in hands, legs, fingers, soles of the feet, face or in the genital area manifest as warts. They are white or pale. Warts occur as a result of harmful virus infection of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and hence, can be contagious. As opposed to moles, warts need to be removed quickly since a virus causes them.

How do you differentiate between Mole & Wart?

You can differentiate between Mole and Wart by finding these characters which are given below:

Moles Characteristic

  • Either flat or elevated from the skin, they are commonly referred to as beauty marks or birthmarks.
  • At times, they have hair growing from them.
  • Usually, they have one colour – mostly on the darker side.
  • Moles cannot be transmitted between people.
  • They are generated by a collection of pigment cells in the body and darken during hormonal changes.
  • Moles tend to become cancerous and lead to melanoma.

Warts Characteristic

  • Warts are harmless, yet contagious.
  • Warts have small black or dark dots in the centre that are tiny blood vessels, which provide them with nutrients.
  • Warts grow outwards on the skin with a scaly or bumpy deposit.
  • Warts can grow anywhere on the body but are commonly found in feet, hands, or fingers.

How to treat Warts and Moles?

The good news is that both warts and moles do not pose a grave risk to your health, but they are annoying and can turn dangerous in the long run. Especially with warts, you can give it to someone or acquire from someone, since it is a type of virus infection. So, seek medical assistance if you want them to be removed from your skin.

Be aware of the difference between warts and moles to know what you are dealing with. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!


Update From Lybrate: Keeping your skin healthy is very important, therefore, we suggest you choose the Skin Care Products according to your skin type requirements and usages at Lybrate.

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