Skin tag removal is now easy and painless if done correctly. Before discussing how to do, let’s know what skin tags are. Skin tags are small growth of skin oftentimes attached to the skin by a peduncle or skin stalk.
Skin tags themselves are benign and can arise spontaneously. At any age, they tend to appear as people get older. On the face, eyelids, neck, armpits, chest, breast, around the groin areas, skin tags may appear. They come with the colour of flesh or a slightly darker pigmentation.
If you want to know, exactly what factors cause these skin tags, even the experts cannot answer to it. That they cause irritation and itchiness when these skin tags rub against clothes or there is a friction when rubbed against other parts of the body is known to people. It is also known that skin tags are a harmless medical condition and also can be ignored by not treating them at all. This is why skin tags removal is not covered by medical insurance.
Despite this fact, people don’t stop from getting skin tag removal treatment. A vast majority of people suffering from mole or skin tags seek to remove them because of the psychological effect they have. Many often, skin tags prove to be demotivating and a cause of low self-esteem and embarrassment when they arise in a very visible part of the body, such as the face or neck, particularly if there are numerous skin tags.
Luckily, there are a number of skin tag removal treatments available. What is needed before you attempt to remove one is to ensure that you are dealing with a skin tag problem and not something of serious kind.
Among various methods available for skin tag or mole removal, one of the methods is to pay for a doctor to clinically remove it by excision. It is evidently effective and this method can prove to be extremely costly if you have multiple skin tags. There is a treatment for it known as cryotherapy. Here the skin tags are frozen off or you freeze it or diathermy where a heated probe is used to remove them.
There is also an option, however of daredevil manner. You can remove them yourself! It is although very ordinary method. You just need to tie a piece of dental floss or thread around the base of the tag cutting off the blood supply. Following it, you will require them to either wait for it to fall off naturally or snip it off with medical scissors and clippers. You have to ensure you will surely regularly clean the area with antibacterial agents during and afterwards.
A skin tag removal serum can also be alternatively used as a less squeamish solution. Natural ingredients are used in these serums so they can effectively work in harmony with your body. Whichever method you follow, it is to be ensured that they don’t leave a scar or blemish afterwards.
Although most of the moles are harmless and people only get it removed for cosmetic purposes, some of the moles might be an indicator of melanoma – a type of skin cancer. The fact about moles being an indicator especially holds true for people above the age of 35 years. In fact, any new development of moles in people over that age should be evaluated by a dermatologist to make sure it is not an indicator of serious health issue. If it is so, early moles treatment and removal could prevent serious harm to the body. This is why a person should consult a dermatologist if any change in the colour or shape of the mole takes place.
Moles are not usually treated by applying lotions or creams and its removal is the only and best solution. Moles treatment is a fairly easy and risk-free job and can be removed by a surgical excision or even a minor surgical shave. The dermatologist might request for a skin autopsy and then, he or she would easily remove the moles from your body parts. Once the moles are removed, it is then sent to the pathology for further examination where the tissues are examined.
Although there are some countries where moles treatment is done through laser technology, it is not ideal for mole removal as it may distort the cells in the mole. Similarly, Mohs Surgery, which is used for treating skin cancer, should not be used for mole removal. The best and most common method of moles treatment is through surgical excision. The operation involves the use of local anaesthesia which makes the area around the mole numb. The doctor then proceeds with the excision and cuts the mole and a margin of healthy skin surrounding it. The cut is then closed with the help of sutures.
Moles treatment through surgical shaves is another popular method. Your doctor will first numb the area around the mole and then cut the mole and skin beneath it. However, this method is mainly used for smaller moles and the cut is so small that it doesn’t even require sutures. So, for people having smaller moles, removal through surgical shave might be the ideal way to do so. Your doctor decides the ideal way a mole should be removed and generally, these are the only two ways of moles treatment practised in countries around the world.
While scarring is common after a surgical excision, it heals with time and the healing process itself depends on some factors. But if you notice that the scar is not healing after a considerable period, you should consult a dermatologist and get it removed by scar creams, gels or even lasers. And while the scar healing is in the process, if you feel you just need to hide it to avoid feeling self-conscious about it; you can use makeup that best suits your skin.
Above all, moles treatment is a simple and quick process that is completely risk-free. So, do get it treated as soon as you can! Before you move any further, you may also consult our experts at HP Dermatology Centre to get personalised advice about your skin condition today.
Seborrheic Keratosis is a one of the most common skin conditions where a person develops a warty rash on his or her skin. Although the rash is harmless, the skin develops a reddish colour with a swell and greasy outer appearance. The top layer of the rashes is often covered with whitish yellow crusty scale. The causes of Seborrheic Keratosis are not known, but it is quite similar in appearance to melanoma, a type of skin cancer. This is why it is always a good idea to consult a dermatologist in London, or in any part of the world you live so that he or she can have a look and provide appropriate treatment.
Although the causes of Seborrheic Keratosis are not known, some people stand a higher chance of developing it than others.
- Old- Age – Adults over the age of 40 stand a higher chance of developing this skin disorder as compared to young people. Infants, too, may also develop a type of Seborrheic Keratosis called Cradle Cap. But apart from infants, any other young person stands an almost negligible chance of developing Seborrheic Keratosis.
- Genetic Reasons – Seborrheic Keratosis runs through families and if you have someone in your family who has developed this skin condition, there are high chances that you might, too. In other words, chances of developing Seborrheic Keratosis directly increase with the number of relatives having this skin condition.
- Frequent Exposure to Sun – Research studies point out that there are quite high chances that higher exposure to sun rays might be a cause of developing Seborrheic Keratosis in people. Therefore, try to avoid going out in the sun without applying a good sunscreen lotion on your body parts.
When to see a dermatologist?
Although Seborrheic Keratosis is completely harmless, a similar looking skin cancer called melanoma isn’t. It is, therefore, the best thing to consult a dermatologist for any recent changes in your skin, as you never know what it might be. You should consult a dermatologist when you notice any visible changes on your skin, including new growth. Also, if you notice any change in the appearance of any existing growth of your skin, it is the time you should see a dermatologist.
Quite often people develop a single growth and try to dismiss it as Seborrheic Keratosis. You should not ignore a single growth on your skin because Seborrheic Keratosis normally causes many growths, and is not characterised by single growth. Similarly, if the growth has an unusual colour, especially blue or purple, you should let a dermatologist check your skin because Seborrheic Keratosis normally causes reddish growth. Last but not the least, if you notice the growths having an irregular border, or if they are painful or cause irritation, you should immediately consult a dermatologist in London. Remember, it is always better to be safe than sorry.
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Molluscum Contagiosum is one of the most common skin conditions, which is caused by a virus. It spreads from one person to another very quickly and hence, a person having Molluscum Contagiosum as a skin condition should avoid any contact with others. Even clothing or towels should not be shared until the person has been effectively treated for Molluscum Contagiosum. Molluscum Contagiosum is a chronic infection, and it may take up to six to ten months for the lesions to heal completely. Although in some rare cases, it might even take years to get rid of Molluscum Contagiosum completely. Viral infection is one of the main causes of Molluscum Contagiosum.
Causes of Molluscum Contagiosum
Molluscum Contagiosum is spread by a virus that belongs to the pox family – molluscum contagiosum virus that often thrives in warm and humid environmental conditions. Also, people having atopic eczema stand a higher chance of getting infected by Molluscum Contagiosum as compared to other people. Molluscum Contagiosum spreads easily in children as they play with other children infected with this skin condition. On the other hand, adults might get affected by Molluscum Contagiosum through sexual contact or even if they come in contact with the lesions of the affected person.
Also, a person affected by Molluscum Contagiosum should not itch or touch the lesions and follow it up by touching other body parts as that can lead to spreading of infection to other parts of the body as well. However, the most serious condition is seen in people having a weaker immune system, especially a person suffering from AIDS. Therefore, a direct contact with any person having Molluscum Contagiosum should be strictly avoided until the person is completely free of this skin condition. All these are common causes of Molluscum Contagiosum.
Symptoms of Molluscum Contagiosum
If someone you know has come in contact with Molluscum Contagiosum virus, you might not be able to see the symptoms of Molluscum Contagiosum for up to six months. However, after this period, a growth of painless lesions starts, that may be a single patch of bumps or a group of multiple ones. These bumps are usually small in size when they start growing and often shiny, having the shape of a dome. The surface of these bumps is quite smooth and feels waxy upon touch; and the colour is usually pink, white or flesh-coloured.
The Molluscum Contagiosum bumps have a dimple like formation in the centre that is filled with cheesy liquid substance. It slowly and steadily turns red in colour as the person’s immune system fights the foreign virus. The bumps are formed mainly on the arms, face, legs, or torso and are painless. However, one thing worth mentioning here is that if a person has a weak immune system, he or she might even face serious symptoms which include larger bumps that are of the size of up to 15-20 mm.
Although, Molluscum Contagiosum slowly starts vanishing in people having a good immune system for several months, others may face this condition for even years. Thus, it is very important to consult a dermatologist in London, or in whichever part of the world you live because it can be treated in its early onset stage.
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Moles are a common skin condition where a person develops skin growth, mainly due to the growth of skin cells in the form of clusters or clumps. These skin cells are known as melanocytes and are vital for skin colour as they produce melanin – the pigment that gives your skin a definite colour. Moles are often harmless and their shape and size vary from person to person; may be either flat or raised. The most common areas where one develops moles are the face and chest area. However, other areas may also experience mole growth. One of the main causes of moles is genetic.
However, what triggers the growth of melanocytes that they start growing in clusters? It is predominantly because of genetic reasons. Although moles are very common, with one out of every 100 child born having moles, people may have problems in self-confidence, especially if the mole is on the a body part visible to everyone. Most of the times a mole is harmless but one should get in touch with a dermatologist to know whether or not it is an indication of any serious issue.
What are the causes of moles?
Moles are formed mainly due to genetic reasons and the amount of sunlight our body is exposed to. It is normally seen that when skin is more exposed to sunlight, the moles are more. The moles are usually darker in complexion as compared to the surrounding skin areas. People who are prone to freckles (tanned, slightly reddish flat spots on the skin) have more chances of mole formation than others and is one of the major causes of moles. Although it has no direct relation to the skin colour of a person, people with a lighter complexion and those having red or blond hair are more likely to develop moles on their body parts than others.
Should I worry about the moles?
Although moles are usually associated with infancy, one could see mole development in early adulthood and sometimes even till the age of 35. However, the latter is mainly due to environmental reasons than genetic and is nothing to worry about. The only thing to worry about is that if one has developed moles after crossing the age of 35, as it could potentially be a sign of early melanoma – a type of skin cancer.
In such a scenario, the ideal thing to do would be getting your moles evaluated by a dermatologist so that any serious condition may be avoided at the onset stage itself. Melanoma, if spotted in an early stage, can be treated and therefore, one should be alert if he or she notices any change in shape, size or colour of the mole. The dermatologist, upon consultation, might recommend a skin autopsy, as that would give a clear picture of whether the mole could be harmful or not.
Some people also have self-confidence issues if they have a mole on any of the visible body parts. In such a case, it is always better to get the mole removed through any of the latest techniques available. It is a quick and easy process and often takes a single session to get the mole removed; allowing you to make the best of your life without worrying about moles.
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Eczema, also known as Atopic Dermatitis, is a skin condition in which a person’s skin gets red and itchy. Also, a fluid leak is observed when the rashes are scratched. Although eczema can develop at any stage of one’s life, it usually develops in infancy itself. Eczema in babies is often characterized by rashes on their cheeks and chins. Other body parts that are affected by eczema include knees, elbows, scalp, wrists, and ankles. In other words, all body areas that have a fold are more prone to develop eczema as compared to other body parts.
Eczema treatment involves knowing better about your medical history and allergies. A dermatologist might ask you about your medical history, and also, that of your family, especially whether anyone in your family has allergy-related health conditions. This is because, although there is no direct test to diagnose this skin condition, a good examination of your skin and your medical history might be enough for a dermatologist to be convinced that you have eczema.
As far as eczema treatment is concerned, the first and foremost component is to take good care of your skin. In fact, if you can make the right lifestyle changes and take good care of your skin, you might treat your eczema completely, without any medications. Some of the best ways to take care of your skin include –
- Take warm and short showers on a regular basis, preferably ones of 10 to 15 minutes. However, make sure that the showers are not too long as that may make your skin dry and severe your skin condition. Similarly, too hot water should be avoided.
- Use a mild soap that doesn’t dry out your skin. You can use the gentle soaps called syndets, which you can easily get at a drugstore. Similarly, adding bleach to your bath water kills bacteria and provides relief, and is highly recommended for people having severe cases of eczema.
- Apply a good moisturizer once you dry yourself after taking a bath. Try to pat yourself dry rather than doing it with vigour. Also, apply the moisturizing lotion all over the body and try to avoid a lotion that has fragrances.
- Avoid physical and mental stress as sweat can flare up your condition. Instead, you can do yoga to remain fit and healthy.
Some other medications and eczema treatment methods a dermatologist might prescribe, include –
- UV therapy
- Prescription strength moisturizers
Antihistamines, such as Benadryl are good ways to relieve eczema symptoms. Although some of the oral antihistamines might cause drowsiness, there are various non-drowsy substitutes available as well. Corticosteroids are prescribed by dermatologists when every other medication fails to provide relief from eczema. Thus, you should strictly follow your dermatologist’s directions while taking the corticosteroids. UV rays therapy is good for people having a very severe case of eczema and is not required for people having a mild condition of eczema.
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Although Molluscum Contagiosum is mostly self-limited, making its treatment non-necessary, people often consult an experienced dermatologist to get their lesions diagnosed and treated. A person having a healthy immune system, the bumps normally fade away over a period; even without any diagnosis and Molluscum Contagiousum treatment. But the ones who have a weaker immune system, the condition often gets worse, and the bumps size keeps on increasing. This is where proper Molluscum Contagiosum treatment is required and the person affected should consult a dermatologist as early as possible.
Other instance when getting Molluscum Contagiosum treatment becomes a necessity is when one has lesions on the neck or face. Similarly, if Molluscum Contagiosum develops in a person who already faces a skin condition such as dermatitis, he or she should consult a dermatologist. Just like other skin conditions, Molluscum Contagiosum can be treated in a number of ways. However, the dermatologist may prescribe a particular Molluscum Contagiosum treatment method, depending on your skin condition, age, health and some other factors.
Cryosurgery involves freezing the lesions on your body with the help of liquid nitrogen. It is one of the most common methods of Molluscum Contagiosum treatment and people having the bumps on face or neck go for this treatment method.
Curettage is another one of the most common methods employed in the Molluscum Contagiosum treatment. In Curettage method, the doctor uses a tool called curette first to pierce the bumps and then slowly scrape it off your skin surface. Hence, it may leave a scar on your body in the process of lesion removal.
In Topical Therapy, dermatologists apply an acid or a blistering chemical solution to destroy the top layers of your skin. By doing this, not only the skin layers but also the lesions are destroyed from your skin. It is no doubt, a very painful procedure and local anesthesia may be used during Topical Therapy.
Laser Surgery, as the name suggests, is used to target each bump separately with the help of laser and destroy it. This way, all the bumps are treated one after the other. This method is mainly beneficial for people having a weak immune system. As it is quite expensive, not many people go for this Molluscum Contagiosum treatment method.
In some of these techniques of Molluscum Contagiosum lesions removal, it can be quite painful and may even leave scars on the affected area of your skin. However, a dermatologist provides proper medication for healing, and the scars disappear after a period. Also, one thing to note is that all of these methods involve treating a bump at a time. So, you will have to get all the bumps treated over many sessions that are going to span across months. Similarly, you may also develop new bumps while the treatment of other ones is going on. This way, the entire Molluscum Contagiosum treatment process goes on for months.
As Molluscum Contagiosum is closely related to the immune system, the treatment also depends a lot upon it. People having a healthy immune system respond faster to the treatment while those having a weaker immune system take a lot more time in getting rid of Molluscum Contagiosum completely. To know more about this skin condition, consult HP Dermatology Centre specialists and get personalised advice today.
Warts are the second most common skin condition dermatologists hear about on a daily basis. And warts are not new – they have been on our planet for thousands of years. Warts are caused by human papilloma virus (HPV) which first enters the skin and then spreads to other body parts and multiplies rapidly. Most of the times, warts is contagious and hence, you should avoid direct contact with a person affected by warts. However, not everyone is affected by warts virus.
Warts can be perfectly treated at home and in fact, warts usually go away on its own as your immune system slowly destroys it. But warts treatment becomes a necessity when it affects your face or another sensitive part of your body like genitals, mouth or nose. Similarly, if you notice any bleeding or puss flowing in and around warts, you should immediately get in touch with a dermatologist to get it treated. Diabetics or people having a weaker immune system should also not wait for warts to heal itself and consult a dermatologist immediately. Warts are usually painless, so if you feel pain in warts, you should see a dermatologist near you and get professional warts treatment.
However, there are some home warts treatment methods that can treat this skin condition; especially if it is mild, you do not see any of the signs mentioned above, such as bleeding or pain.
You can kill warts by using products that spray concentrated cold air. You can spray it on the affected area and kill warts and scrape it off the skin surface. This warts treatment method is an ideal choice if you need quick results for warts removal. The only drawback is that it may not work for some types of warts.
Covering the wart-affected skin area with duct tape and changing it after a few days can peel off the wart-affected skin. To follow this warts treatment method, you can first clean the wart affected area with warm water and then sand the area with an emery board. After some time, you can apply the duct tape on the area and keep changing the tapes once every five or six days for best results.
Salicylic acid treatment
This is one of the most effective over-the-counter medications that help in warts treatment. You can apply one of the products having salicylic acid after washing the wart with warm water. Once you apply salicylic acid on the wart-affected area, it irritates the wart and hence, triggers your immune system into action. After a period, this method will ensure that all warts are completely removed from your skin.
However, with all of these methods given above, you should always take care that you apply the medication only on the affected area and not to other parts of the skin. Another very important thing to remember is that you should not remove or treat warts on your feet if you are a diabetic. That may cause a lot of trouble so you should get proper warts treatment by a dermatologist instead. Similarly, if warts do not respond to these medications, you should get in touch with a dermatologist to get best warts treatment.
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Acne is one of the most common skin conditions in the world, especially in the UK. Although it is a common skin issue that people face, there is no specific information about the causes of acne. This leads to some myths being circulated about acne – one of which is that you should let acne run its due course and your skin will improve on its own. Sorry, but it doesn’t work that way and it may lead to permanent scars or dark spots on your skin when acne clears. So, it is always helpful to consult a dermatologist to get the best acne treatment in London or in any part of the world.
What are the symptoms of acne?
Acne can be found on any of your body parts and the most common parts where it usually develops is neck, face, arms, legs, and shoulders. So, if you notice either white or black pimples on any of these body parts, you possibly have acne. These white and black pimples are known as comedones in medical terminology. Blackheads are black in colour because they open at the surface of your skin and upon getting in contact with oxygen and melanin (surface colour pigment), the pimple looks black in colour. On the other hand, the whiteheads are the closed ones, located just below the surface of your skin and hence, are white in colour.
Face is one of the most common area affected by acne
Some of the other symptoms of acne include –
If you have any or all of these, you should get in touch with a dermatologist to get your acne treated professionally.
We had a look at the symptoms of acne, but what are the causes of acne? Let’s have a look.
Causes of acne
Acne usually develops on your body parts when a pore is clogged with oil, dead skin cells or even bacteria. Normally what happens is that the dead skin cells slowly rise to the skin surface through the pores and the body shed it out of the body. In a person having acne, the body starts producing a large amount of sebum that makes the dead skin cells stick inside the pores and thus, the dead cells are trapped.
The trapped dead cells thus, give rise to acne in the form of whiteheads or blackheads. One of the other causes of acne is the skin surface bacteria, p.acnes, which gets inside the surface of the skin and reaches the pore. The bacteria find the pore a perfect breeding ground where it multiplies quickly and thus, develops acne. In this case, the pore becomes inflamed – red and swollen.
So, as we have discussed so far, there can be some causes of acne and this is precisely the reason it is always the best solution to consult a dermatologist near you for ideal treatment. Getting treated by an expert ensures that there are no black spots or acne marks left post-treatment. And HP Dermatology Centre specialists offer just that. So, get in touch with us and get free personalised advice today.
Although warts get away on its own, or through simple home treatment; it may require treatment by an expert when the situation becomes worse. For instance, if the warts-affected area happens to be a sensitive body part such as your face, nostril or genitals, you cannot treat it at home and neither should you try doing so. In such a scenario, you should immediately consult a dermatologist and get professional treatment for warts. Professional warts treatment by dermatologists becomes necessary when a person is diabetic or warts become painful. Similarly, if you notice any bleeding or puss releasing from warts, you should immediately stop treating it at home and consult a dermatologist for further warts treatment. Also, if you see no improvements in warts treatment at home, you might have to consult a dermatologist for an effective warts treatment that ensures warts removal from your skin completely.
The techniques used by dermatologists might differ from person to person, here are some common ones used by dermatologists for warts treatment.
As we all know, the laser is a very intense beam of light that heats the area on which it falls. Doctors and dermatologists use the laser technique to heat warts with the help of laser beams enough to vaporize the tissues affected by warts. Therefore, this an ideal warts treatment method for a person affected by warts. But since this technique is quite expensive, it is not a common choice amongst people.
Excision or surgical removal is a great way to get rid of warts but is mainly used when other methods cannot be used or have no effect on warts. To remove warts by excision, a dermatologist first numbs the area surrounding the wart with the help of local anaesthesia and then cuts warts. This method might leave a scar on the affected area which is healed over a period by using scar removal creams and lotions your dermatologist might recommend.
Cryosurgery is becoming an ideal choice for treatment of all skin conditions, and warts are no different. In cryosurgery technique, a dermatologist applies concentrated cold air (mostly liquid nitrogen) to the wart-affected skin area, which in turn explodes the affected tissues. Once this method destroys the affected tissues, the virus comes directly in contact with the immune system which can destroy it completely and get the area rid of warts.
In this method using curette, a dermatologist first numbs the affected area with a local anaesthesia and then heats up the warts tissues. To do this, a dermatologist uses an electric needle which supplies the heat to the affected tissues. Once the affected tissues die due to the heat, it is scraped away from the skin surface using curette. This method may also leave a scar on the surface which can heal over time.
As we have seen, dermatologists can provide risk-free and simple warts treatment through some techniques. This is why consulting a dermatologist is always preferred to treating it at home, where the condition can become worse if it is not done properly. To get personalised advice about your skin condition, please do get in touch with one of our HP Dermatologist Centre specialists today – we’re just a call away!