Moles and warts usually are not cause for concern. But in some cases, they can be signs of more a more serious medical problem that requires care from a dermatologist.
Most people find moles and warts unattractive and would rather have them removed.
At Doctor’s Approach in Okemos, Michigan, our dermatologists and medical staff are experts at treating and removing these growths – and determining whether your moles and warts pose a more serious health threat. To learn how Doctor’s Approach can help you, call today to schedule an appointment.
What Are Moles?
Normal moles are common, small brown blemishes or growths on the skin that appear in the first decades of life in almost everyone. Atypical moles are unusual benign moles that resemble melanoma and indicate an increased risk.
Melanoma is a skin cancer which often looks like an irregularly-shaped, multicolored, or inflamed (red or purple) mole. Our team of skin care experts at Doctor’s Approach can determine whether your mole is of concern, and work with you to devise a treatment plan.
Moles occur when cells that are responsible for skin pigmentation grow in clusters, rather than being spread widely across your skin.
Most moles are not cause for health concerns. But if they change in appearance or size, it could be an indication of skin cancer.
In some patients, abnormal moles can cause pain and itching. They may get scaly or begin to bleed. It’s important to monitor your moles by doing at-home visual checks once a month.
If you are concerned that a mole may be cancerous, or simply want a mole removed for aesthetic reasons, contact Doctors Approach today.
Warts are small growths that typically appear on your hands and feet. They can appear smooth and flat, or they can have a dome shape.
Warts are caused by forms of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). They can strike people of any age, and can be spread from one person to another.
Most warts are non-cancerous and painless. They often can fade without treatment. But eliminating most warts takes treatment, and it takes time.
The location of a wart often characterizes what type of wart it is.
At Doctor’s Approach, our medical team led by Dr. Marcy Street has been treating Lansing area patients for warts and moles for more than 20 years. We take the time to examine your warts, discuss your medical history and develop a treatment plan to remove unattractive warts.
Genital warts are a particular concern and a potential sign of a more serious medical problem. These warts can be found in and around the genital areas. Women can get genital warts inside the vagina.
Genital warts also can impact the mouth and anal canal. These lesions may initially appear small and soft, but can grow to become large.
Genital warts can be sexually transmitted and highly contagious. Doctor Street and our medical team can speak with you frankly and privately about genital warts and steps that can be taken to regain health.
At Doctor’s Approach, we can remove other unwanted warts with:
- Cryotherapy, which freezes off the wart using liquid nitrogen or nitrous oxide.
- Electrosurgery, which sends an electric current through the wart to kill the tissue.
- Laser surgery, which heats up the wart until the tissue dies and the wart eventually falls off.
- Salicylic acid preparations, which dissolve the protein that makes up the wart and the thick layer of skin that covers it. These treatments can be done with pads, gels, drops and plasters. Most patients will see warts disappear within four to six weeks.
Warts and moles are common, usually harmless skin problems. But in some cases they can be an indicator of serious medical problems. And many people simply want moles and warts removed to look more attractive and feel less self-conscious.
In either case, contact Doctors Approach for the safest and most effective mole and wart treatments.