Skin Tags vs plantar warts: [The REAL Cause & FIX]

🦶Skin tags and plantar warts are two different skin conditions with distinct causes. Here’s a breakdown of each:🦶

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Skin Tags:
Skin tags, medically known as acrochordons, are small, benign growths that typically appear on areas of the body where skin rubs against skin or clothing. They are composed of normal skin tissues and collagen fibers. The exact cause of skin tags is not fully understood, but factors that may contribute to their development include:

Friction and skin rubbing: Skin tags commonly occur in areas with friction or constant rubbing, such as the neck, underarms, groin, and under the breasts.

Hormonal changes: Hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy or in individuals with certain medical conditions may contribute to developing skin tags.

Genetics: There may be a genetic predisposition for developing skin tags, as they run in families.

While skin tags are generally harmless and painless, they can be bothersome or cosmetically undesirable to some individuals. Skin tag treatment options include surgical removal, cryotherapy (freezing), or cauterization.

Plantar Warts:
Plantar warts, or verrucas, are viral infections caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). They commonly appear on the soles of the feet and can cause discomfort or pain. The virus enters the body through small cuts or breaks in the skin, typically in damp environments like communal showers or swimming pool areas. The specific strain of HPV responsible for plantar warts thrives in warm and moist conditions. Factors that increase the risk of developing plantar warts include:

Walking barefoot in public areas: Direct contact with the HPV virus in public showers, locker rooms, or pool areas increases the risk of contracting plantar warts.

Weakened immune system: Individuals with weakened immune systems, such as HIV/AIDS or certain autoimmune conditions, are more susceptible to developing plantar warts.

Plantar warts often appear as small, rough, or grainy growths on the soles of the feet. They may have tiny black dots, which are clotted blood vessels. Treatment options for plantar warts include:

Over-the-counter (OTC) wart treatments, such as salicylic acid-based solutions or medicated pads, can be applied directly to the wart to gradually remove it over time.

Cryotherapy: Freezing the wart with liquid nitrogen can destroy the affected tissue. Multiple sessions may be required.

Laser therapy: Laser treatment can be used to target and destroy the wart tissue.

Surgical removal: In some cases, surgical excision may be necessary, especially for persistent or large plantar warts.

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Dr. Tomasz Biernacki received his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from Kent State College of Podiatric Medicine in 2013; he completed his Surgical Reconstructive Foot Surgery & Podiatric Medicine Residency in 2017; he completed 2 separate traveling Fellowships in Diabetic Surgery, Skin Grafting & Nerve Surgery. He is double board certified in Podiatric Medicine and separately in Foot & Ankle Surgery. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” about himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Biernacki is a licensed podiatrist in Michigan. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, prescription, or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Biernacki and you. It would be best if you did not change your health regimen or diet before consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions regarding a medical condition.