Most skin conditions are characterized by itchiness. In fact, even some bumps on the tongue may keep urging you to do some scratching.
The funny thing is that the more you scratch on an infected area, the more it becomes irritated. In fact, too much scratching will cause bleeding or open sores.
Genital warts are the itchiest of all. When they occur around the anus, and they usually do, they cause a fierce anal itch that is almost impossible to ignore. A mole can also itch sometimes. So can a skin tag. We will get into details on possible causes in this article.
Do skin tags itch; causes of itching and bleeding skin tags
So do skin tags itch? They actually do. Following are the most common causes of itching and bleeding skin tags:
- Being rubbed by clothes, skin piercings or jewelry
- Constant picking at, touching or massaging them
- Wrong treatment
- Some soap, lotion and beauty products brands
- Skin patches
- Exposure to a new environment
Itching and bleeding skin tags can become infected and very painful. When or even before this happens, you can try any of the available ways to get rid of skin tags.
What happens when skin around a mole or moles themselves itch?
Moles that itch are known as atypical moles. The main difference between them and normal moles is that they can develop into melanoma, a skin cancer that you don’t want to be involved with.
Normal moles don’t itch. In fact, you can carry them for years on your back without ever realizing that they are there.
If you observe that the skin around mole itches often, you should keep a very close eye on it. Preferably, have a doctor check it.
Cancerous moles that itch or skin around a mole that itches often
At home, you can run a quick diagnosis to determine if moles that itch are cancerous. It can be helpful to keep records of your existing moles for use in future. For example, you can take maintain a routine inspection of the moles after a bath. Taking pictures is even more strategic.
Here are the features to expect in a cancerous mole:
- It has dissimilar halves. If you were to place a mirror on the center, the two halves would not look symmetrical
- The borders are irregular or blurry
- It has multi-colored spots and patches. The colors can keep changing often
- It is starting to dwarf a pencil eraser in size and gaining mass fast
- It is fast evolving in regards to size or color and looks a bit alien compared to other non-itchy moles
So can a mole itch? Yes it can, and it is not a good sign. You may also notice that such a mole itches sometimes and then stops for a while, but then may start again. With time, it may bleed, harden, form a crust and become painful. In fact, before it even gets to that, have a doctor check it.
Do genital warts itch; what causes itching warts
You may be feeling quite itchy down there and may be suspecting that you have contracted an STD. The truth is that most STDs do itch.
If you are experiencing an itching and bleeding pimple in the pubic area, any of the following conditions can be the cause:
- STDs such as syphilis, warts, chlamydia
- Anal fissures
- Bowel diseases
- Yeast infections
It is therefore important that you be sure that it is in fact itching warts that you indeed are dealing with. Here are some features to look for in genital warts:
- Soft and fleshy skin growths
- Mostly take the color of the skin
- Observed closely enough, you could take them for tiny cauliflowers
Largest populations appear on vagina, vulva, anus and the penile shaft. They can also occur on other genital areas such as the urethra and the cervix. However, it is likely that they will spread to the above mentioned areas.
Why do genital warts itch and what causes itching warts
Why do genital warts itch? Warts will not naturally itch, as long as they are not irritated through touch, creams, friction, clothes and other such factors. It is very hard not to irritate them however.
For instance, vaginal warts and penile warts can easily get irritated when taking a bath, urinating, having sex and other actions. Anal warts on the other hand will constantly rub against the buttocks and cause anus itch.
Chances are low that genital warts will develop and fail to itch. In such times, they are easily transmitted and will develop into blisters or sores. In fact, itching is a main symptom of the warts. You find that they may develop and cause no symptoms other than some itchy, soft, tender and burning spots around the genital region.
Do plantar warts itch; warts that itch sometimes
Plantar warts are sometimes known as verruca. They prefer the heel and the ball of the foot.
Due to constant rubbing against footwear or the ground, a wart on that part of the foot may itch sometimes. Pressure exerted on the foot causes the warts to develop inside rather than on the sole. When treated, they leave a small hole on the spot where they previously existed.
So do plantar warts itch? They absolutely do. In fact, they are also likely to be painful and can even interfere with your posture and gait.
The most common cause of itching and bleeding warts on the foot is friction and constant pressure. The other probable reason why they itch is because they are caused by HPV, a virus which has itchiness as one of its symptoms.
Do genital, common and plantar warts itch; what to do
Most warts will itch, especially when they get irritated or injured. Common warts, the ones that you will find on the hands and rest of the body, are most notorious as far as itchiness is concerned. This is because they are prone to getting rubbed against frequently.
Flat warts, the ones you will find mostly in kids or on the face, are also very itchy. Next in the lineup are warts appearing on or around the genitals. Anal warts are the worst in this category, followed by ones on the vagina and the penis. Plantar warts will also urge you to scratch them often but they will hurt more than they will itch.
Another type of warts that you may also come across is a bit rare but very itchy when it occurs. To identify them, they usually have a dimple on their centers, but take on the color of the skin. You will find them on thighs, abdomen or even the chest. They are very itchy.
What are the best treatments for itchy warts?
Topical creams can help reduce the itchiness caused by the warts. In fact, they will get rid of the warts entirely with time. The problem is that such creams cannot be used on infected or open warts. This can be caused by a sudden trauma, canker sores in the mouth or even skin ulcers.
Home remedies are the best when it comes to easing and treating itching warts. For example, tea tree oil for warts will reduce inflammation and also aid in quick healing. Others such as aloe Vera and castor oil produce a soothing effect which can help with the burning and itchy sensations produced by itching and bleeding warts.
You can also try disinfectants on the warts. You will find that when they itch, warts are bound to get injured or opened sometime in the near future. You can prevent any infection before it happens with disinfectants.
Itching moles, warts, and even skin tags can be a source of embarrassment and discomfort. The good thing is that any of them can be removed easily in a clinic or even at home. If any of them is infected and especially if they are oozing pus, let a doctor be the one to conduct the removal process.