Infected Warts, Skin Tags, Moles: Symptoms, Treatment & When to See a Doctor.

The skin, our largest organ, is comprised of three chief layers—the epidermis (the outmost, exposed layer, the dermis (just below), and the hypodermis, which is the layer of subcutaneous fat and tissue on the bottom. When an infection arises, more dilemmas can occur the deeper the infection is rooted.

Some areas of the skin are obviously more sensitive than others. An infection on the back or on the neck will many times be easier to deal with than an infection on the eyelid, for example. The skin’s thickness varies on different sites of the body.

Today we’re going to discuss infected warts, skin tags, and moles categorically. We’ll be exploring the signs and symptoms, how to know when to seek medical advice, and of course, treatment options and plans. Additionally, you’ll find some images and photos dispersed throughout this page to serve as a helpful visual reference.


Usually, when we think of warts, we imagine a wicked witch with a tall, pointy hat, a green face, and big, juicy wart or speckling of warts on her crooked nose and chine. Conversely, some may picture a classic hand wart, or on a finger, that frogs often get blamed for. Guess what? It’s a myth, warts don’t come from hopping amphibians.

Instead, warts (verruca vulgaris) are viral infections that induce excessive skin growth in a localized area. We’re covering plantar warts and genital warts here, though there are five main kinds.

Plantar Warts

Plantar warts develop of the soles of the feet, typically on the heels, but also can grow on other areas of the sole where weight and pressure are applied. Because an infected plantar wart is on the foot bottom, it can be intensely disabling.

They tend to grow inward beneath hardened, calloused skin, making something as simple as walking a rather painful chore.

Genital Warts

While warts on the genitals are disgusting (just look at the pics), they’re easily treatable. Over 350,000 Americans annually come down with genital warts. This HPV infection includes symptoms and signs such as visually disturbing and aesthetically offensive lesions on the male scrotum and penis, the female vulva, cervix, and vagina, and in the anal cavity passage and periphery of both sexes, and prickly sensations that encourage the urge to scratch.

Aside from some itchiness, genital warts and HPV infection symptoms in this specific case aren’t too bothersome.

Infected Wart Treatment

The essentiality of a wart, since it’s caused by the contagious and infectious HPV (human papillomavirus), is an infection. The virus that causes an infected plantar wart is the same as the virus that brings on genital warts (condyloma). HPV has many variants.

If they don’t just go away on their own, some treatment options for genital warts include cryotherapy, LEEP, topical ointments of prescription strength, and chemical solutions.

For plantar wart, salicylic acid and freezing are the first methods attempted. Should these not resolve the issue, trichloroacetic acid, and other surgical interventions may be implemented.

Skin Tags

Skin tags are little outgrowths or tumors consisting of soft skin that sometimes bears a peduncular stem. These frequently occurring hanging bits of tissue have many names. You may have heard them called any of the following:

  • Soft Fibromas
  • Acrochordons
  • Cutaneous Papillomas
  • Templeton Tags
  • Fibro epithelial polyps
  • Fibroma molluscums or pendulums

They appear in the folds, commonly in very sweaty creases and regions. These are entirely benign and can be left untreated.

Skin Tag Infection Symptoms

Irritation can lead to an infected skin tag. Some skin tag infection symptoms include bleeding, twisting, pain, and blood clots.

How to Treat an Infected Skin Tag

A noninfected skin tag can be left alone, or excised for aesthetic, vanity reasons. But should infections arise, it’s useful to learn how to treat an infected skin tag.

Dermatologists recommend the freeze method, which invigorates the growth to fall off in approximately two weeks (or less). Others suggest electro dissecting the tag or simply snipping it off with proper surgical equipment.

All of the above routes should be handled in the doctor’s office by a professional. Never squeeze or attempt to remove a skin tag at home with makeshift tools or dirty fingernails.


Moles are a condensed gathering of melanocytes on the epidermis. These are the cells that produce pigment, or coloring of the skin. A conglomeration of these cells in one concentrated area—on the face, on the scalp, or anywhere—provides a darkened spot, called a nevus, or nevi (mole).

Genetics and sun damage from overexposure to ultraviolet rays are both contributing factors for the development of moles, which are somewhat a mystery to researchers.

Infected Mole Treatment

Most melanocytic nevi aren’t a problem, they’re noncancerous. However, if an infection occurs, infected mole treatment must follow. Infected moles may swell or bleed, become reddish in color, exude purulent discharge, and may be accompanied by some pain and spiked temperatures.

To treat such an infection, you must consult with a dermatology expert. They will prescribe a course of antibiotics appropriate for your situation. The antibiotic therapy can be oral or topical, or even administered intravenously.

Mole Removal Infection Signs

Sometimes, the doc might order an excision. If the site of the removal becomes infected, some mole removal infection signs include bleeding or difficulty healing of the wound. Other associations may constitute lightheadedness, chest tightness, and/or fainting.



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