What Are Differences Between Moles and Warts?

Q:
What are differences between moles and warts?

A:
A wart is a hard, bumpy or rough piece of skin that grows faster than normal. They may appear at any part of your body including the bottom of feet, palm, fingers and genitals. Most of warts are brown or flesh-colored. Genital warts may also appear pink or red.

Moles are pigmented spots on skin. They may be tan, brown, black, red, purple or skin-colored. They may be flat or raised. Most moles are smaller than a pencil eraser.

While moles are not infectious, warts can be passed to others by direct contact.

Moles can be caused by following factors:

  • Sun exposure.
  • Some people are born with moles. They inherit moles genetically.
  • Fair-skinned people generally have more moles.
  • Hormonal changes like pregnancy or puberty.

Warts are caused by viruses, particularly the human papillomavirus, which is also called HPV.

Warts may only exist up to several years, while moles are always everlasting.

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