A mole, skin tag or even a wart appearing anywhere on the skin should generally be painless. Different causes and predisposing factors are responsible for these skin conditions. However, similar causes can turn them painful or make them change in color and shape.
Skin tags will rarely turn into cancer even when painful. Painful or injured warts will increase the chances of spreading but also will rarely end up in cancer. Moles are different. If they become painful and experience sudden and persistent changes in growth, they really should be checked in a doctor’s office.
Treatments done at home can be effective but in some cases will end up in painful sores that call for even more medical attention. For people with conditions such as diabetes and hemophilia, practices such as cutting off skin growths should not be done at home. They can lead to excess bleeding or skin ulcers.
What does a painful mole on the back and other body parts mean
A mole is formed when melanocytes bundle in a single spot. Melanocytes are the cells that make the skin appear the way it does in regards to color. Factors such as too many UV rays can force the cells to spread and possibly accumulate in a single spot. When this happens, the affected spot will have a darker pigmentation. That is what a mole is. Other factors such as accumulated blood vessels in a single spot can still result in a red mole.
Like any other part of the skin, moles can sustain injuries. They have blood vessels and nerve endings. Therefore, any injury sustained on them will cause pain in the mole. Injuries can be caused by cuts when shaving or any external trauma of that kind. Such injuries should heal in 2 weeks or less.
A painful mole can still be a sign of melanoma. This is a type of cancer of the skin that is most deadly. Although only 1 in every 10 or more moles will end up in such cancer, chances should not be taken. Following are the characteristics of normal moles that can help you identify a cancerous mole before it develops into later stages:
- Measures less than quarter of an inch
- It should have regularly defined edges
- Most are round
- It should be evenly colored
- Some are raised while some appear flat on the skin
Any of the above features should be maintained for a significant period of time. Although most moles keep evolving, there should never come a time that too many changes occur in a very short duration of time.
See a doctor should a painful mole persist more than 14 days.
Can a painful skin tag on buttocks be treated?
It is common for a painful skin tag to appear on the buttocks and other areas where constant friction or pressure is sustained. The same can happen to skin tags on the finger or on the thumb. Such skin tags are prone to picking, catching, and other sources of trauma.
A painful skin tag can also appear to darken overnight. This is mainly caused by clotted blood inside the skin tags. The condition can be painful and worrying. If left untreated, the tag will run out of blood supply and will fall off in less than 2 weeks. It is not a sign of cancer at all.
When it comes to treatment, the best way to remove a painful skin tag on the buttocks or related areas is incision. Here, the tag will be surgically removed by a doctor, using a scalpel. A doctor may also decide to use a combination of removal techniques such as cryotherapy and burning. All of these options will depend on the location and the size of the tag.
At home, the same can be removed with over the counter kits used for wart removal or with home remedies. The most important thing is to ensure that the injured or painful skin tag does not act as an entry point for bacteria and other infections such as herpes.
What causes a painful wart after treatment?
Warts form when HPV virus is active. They appear as soft raised or flat growths on the affected parts of the body. Without treatment, it can take between 6 months and 2 years for the immune system to fight them off the body.
In normal conditions, warts should not cause pain but are often itchy. In fact, it is the urge to keep scratching them that will ultimately lead to a painful wart.
A wart can also get painful after treatment. Since they are generally very soft, treatment methods can cause slight injuries to the warts. As it is with any other body part, injuries will be felt as pain.
A doctor will most likely choose to freeze the painful wart. This kills both the blood vessels and nerve endings on the wart. Practically speaking, the wart will then be dead and will fall off in a matter of days or a few weeks.
What is the best treatment for genital warts and painful sores?
Since warts are viral, it is practically a guarantee that they will re-appear even after treatment. Most of the available treatment options mainly focus on getting rid of the visible warts but not the cause. The problem is that viral infections never clear out of the body completely after the initial infection.
Nowadays, doctors are making use of treatment drugs that boost the immune system and in the process may eradicate genital warts and painful sores. For example, Dermisil is gaining a lot of popularity as an immune strengthener. You can ask your doctor for such medications. They generally give you the ability to resist re-current wart attacks and also reduce the chances of developing painful infected warts.
Chances are high that a painful genital wart will be spread to sexual partners. In fact, it is not even necessarily a key factor that you engage in active sexual intercourse to pass the HPV virus, if you or your partner has open wart sores.
Can a painful wart on foot be spread on thumb or finger?
A wart on the foot is referred to as a plantar wart. A painful wart on the foot is referred to as a verruca. As you may suspect, the pain is usually caused by injuries sustained in parts of the feet that the warts appear on.
A plantar wart on the heel is almost guaranteed to be painful, especially when walking. Rather than being raised, such a wart will appear pressed into the skin of the sole and appear more like a scar than a skin growth. With time, it will feel like a cyst and may even alter both posture and gait.
A painful wart on the foot can spread and appear on the thumb or hands. If, for example, you are to walk barefooted in the bathroom or a wet floor, anyone with open sores or cracks in their feet who walks the floor after you will catch the virus upon contact.
The warts can also appear on the fingers after frequenting picking and scratching. Any cracks or openings on the finger will certainly act as entry points for the causal virus for the warts.
You are advised to maintain hygienic practices such as washing your hands with antiseptic soaps after touching or picking at warts. In fact, avoid any chances of touching open warts sores. They are most contagious when infected.
Home remedies to treat painful plantar warts and warts on the finger
Home remedies are a great option, both to treat and to curb the spread of a painful plantar wart. Apple cider vinegar for skin tags for example has antiviral properties. It can be used to stop the spread of the wart virus. Caution should be taken when using this remedy, for it can irritate and cause a lot of pain on open sores.
Castor oil can also be used with baking soda to keep the warts from spreading. Of all remedies to be used at home, tea tree oil is perhaps the best to use against warts. It is very gentle on the skin but still has the antiviral and anti-inflammation properties.
Aloe Vera is a common ingredient in ringworm medications. It can be applied on painful warts to reduce the chances of spread and infections. You may that remedies to be used at home work best when used in combinations. For example, you can use essential oils together with cold compress or over the counter removal kits.