A skin tag is a small, soft, flesh-coloured benign skin growth, often on a stalk. Skin tags are probably the single most common bump on adult skin. Skin tags are harmless but can be an annoying skin problem.
Dermatosis papulosa nigra (DPN) is a harmless skin condition that tends to affect people with darker skin. It consists of small, dark bumps that usually appear on your face and neck. While some people only develop a few bumps, others have many.
Warts are small growths on the skin that normally don’t cause pain. Some warts itch and may hurt, especially if they’re on your feet. Warts are a type of infection caused by viruses in the human papillomavirus (HPV) family. There are more than 100 types of HPV. Warts can grow on all parts of your body. They can grow on your skin, on the inside of your mouth, on your genitals, and on your rectal area.
Anyone who has had corns knows how uncomfortable this common foot problem can be. “Corns are thick-calloused lesions that usually form under a bony pressure point,” explains Jacqueline Sutera, DPM, a New York City-based podiatrist. “They are the body’s way of forming a natural cushion against the rubbing of shoes or other bones.” Unfortunately, that cushion can become swollen, painful, and unsightly.
A mucous cyst, also known as a mucocele, is a fluid-filled swelling that occurs on the lip or the mouth. The cyst develops when the mouth’s salivary glands become plugged with mucus. Most cysts are on the lower lip, but they can occur anywhere inside your mouth. They’re usually temporary and painless. However, cysts can become permanent if they’re not treated.
Many people refer to a mole as any dark spot or irregularity in the skin. Some people are born with moles. Other moles appear later in life. One of the most common difficulties after mole removal is a scar. Many people will attempt to remove moles for cosmetic reasons, not realizing that each removal will result in a scar.
A tumour is an abnormal growth of cells that serves no purpose. A benign tumour is not a malignant tumour, which is cancer. It does not invade nearby tissue or spread to other parts of the body the way cancer can. In most cases, the outlook with benign tumours is very good. But benign tumours can be serious if they press on vital structures such as blood vessels or nerves. Therefore, sometimes they require treatment and other times they do not.