Common skin growths

It’s not uncommon to be a little miffed (or even a bit upset) upon discovering a strange growth on your skin.

But before you worry about how it looks or what it could mean, it is worth running through a checklist of common symptoms to get an idea of what you are looking at.

Let’s take a quick look at two common skin growths.

Warts

These can actually grow anywhere on the skin and will not always look the same. In fact, some warts will look very different based on where on the body they are growing.

Warts are always caused by a virus. Human papillomavirus (HPV), to be specific. Although warts are quite contagious, they are not particularly dangerous and are very common.

The main thing with warts is to get them treated, because sometimes they can turn into cancer. See your doctor.

Boils

This is where pus collects under the skin and a red, tender lump grows. These are caused from skin infections that begin in an oil gland or hair follicle.

Boils are not considered generally dangerous, but on occasion bacteria can leak to the bloodstream and you will get a high fever and chills. In this case you need to head straight to the emergency room at a hospital.

You should treat a boil by applying a heat pack to the area, and this will increase circulation and help battle the infection. Antibiotics are often useful, and sometimes a doctor will drain the boil for you.

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