Most people have a number of small coloured spots on their body – moles freckles and birthmarks. Most moles appear between early childhood and during the first 25 years. A few of these spots are present at birth while others develop throughout life. They are usually brown or black and can appear anywhere on the body.
Some moles may become raised as time passes or may change colour. Others may show no change and remain the same. Still others may fade or disappear over time. Sometimes hair may develop in a mole.
Regular self examination is the best way to become familiar with the many moles and spots on the skin. With the help of a family member, hard to see areas (mouth,back,scalp,buttocks,etc) may be monitored regularly. Or a family physician may make a note of shape size borders and colour. Common moles and malignant melanomas do not look alike. A handy way to remember is
If there is any change in the mole with respect to these or there is bleeding, oozing or itching it should be checked by the proper medical doctor. Also any mole which is painful or there is tenderness needs to be evaluated
Warts are tiny infections caused by viruses of the human papilloma virus (HPV) family. Most people have a wart at some time in their lives. The viruses that cause warts are passed from person to person by close physical contact. Some warts can be transmitted sexually.
A wart is a tiny hard bump on the skin that may have a rough surface that resembles a cauliflower or may be smooth and flat. Warts vary in colour (white, pink or brown) and may contain tiny spots that look like black hairs or specks. Warts can occur anywhere on the body but are most common on the face, fingers, hands, arms and feet. Although warts are painless, plantar warts (warts on soles of feet) may cause discomfort while walking.
Corns and callus are one of the most common problems seen by Podiatrists. They can occur on any part of the foot and vary in symptoms from a mild callus under the foot to an infected ulcer that can develop under a corn.
Pathologically they are the same – the skin has thickened in response to pressure. A callus generally refers to a more diffuse thickening of the skin(more common on toes, but can occur under the ball of the foot) whereas a corn is a thicker, more focal area (more common on the toes). A corn can occur under and be surrounded by callus
Symptoms of foot corn
You may have a corn or a callus if you notice
Cause of foot corn
Feet should be measured while standing and whenever buying new shoes it is best to shop late in the day when feet are like to be a bit swollen. It is also important to buy shoes with toe wiggling room and to try new shoes on both feet
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Usually a mole will not come back. But in some rare cases it might. If it does needs to be checked for ABCD and we shall completely assist in removal of the same again.
People often treat warts with horse tail hair. The wart is tied with it. Some use caustic substances which can cause skin burns and subsequent scarring of the skin.Use of these may be unsafe and ineffective and is not advisable. It is best to consult an expert as it may cause long term damage otherwise.