Skin Growths

If you have some kind of skin growths, then do not worry. It is normal for us to have these skin growths. Most of the times, they pose no threat to our health. Some of them are presented here.


You can find warts almost anywhere on the skin. However, they do have a different appearance for a different place. You can have common warts, flat warts, plantar warts, filiform warts, periungual warts and genital warts. All these warts are the result of a virus, the human papillomavirus (HPV). This makes them contagious.

Although most of them are harmless, some of them like the genital warts can become cancerous. You can remove them by freezing, burning with acids or electric current and other techniques. However, it is not always necessary and if they keep coming back, removal can become painful.

Skin tags

These are also benign growths but they appear more like hanging skin. You can find them in or on the neck, underarms, eyelids, under the breasts in females and in the groin folds. The cause is yet unknown, however skin chaffing is a proposed cause. If they are not irritated, they pose no threat. They can bleed on irritation and become necrotic. They can be removed by freezing, burning or surgery.


At first they are red and tender areas on the skin, then pus fills under the skin and they turn white. They are the result of a bacterial infection in the hair follicle or an oil gland. Most often, they are no threat. If however, you have a high fever and develop chills, then you should seek medical attention. Many boils in a group is called a carbuncle and it also needs medical attention.

You can treat them at home by applying a hot soak or heat pack to the area so that circulation will increase and fight the infection. Draining the boil can also help; however, it is safer to leave the draining to the doctor.


When scar tissue overgrows over healed wounds, it forms keloids. The cause is unclear. Keloids can form over surgery wounds, minor injuries like cuts and burns and even on sites of inflammation like acne.

Although they are not dangerous, they can be distressing if they are disfiguring. Most often they fall off on their own. However, you can use freezing, corticosteroid injections, laser treatment, radiation or surgical removal for removing them.


You can see them as small, round, firm, benign nodules mostly on the legs. They can be brownish to very dark in colour. Although the cause is unknown, they are found on sites of minor injuries like insect bite or thorn prick.

They are no reason for concern, apart from cosmetic and hence no treatment is required.

Seborrheic keratosis

These mainly occur on the face, chest, shoulders and back. They are brown, black or pale and have a waxy, scaly or slightly elevated appearance. They grow slowly and their cause is not known. Most often they run in the family. Besides being mildly irritating, they have no other symptoms.

Removal is not necessary, only optional. Freezing, scraping or burning usually removes them.

  • Boils surgery

    Thanks for telling more about skin growths. well written!!

  • raven

    Nice one, thanks for writing this helpful information.