Warts, while common, are typically much less physically painful than emotionally scarring, especially for school aged children. With the negative stigma attached to having warts, many that find a wart on their own body feel incredibly embarrassed by its appearance and want nothing more than to eliminate the wart as quickly as possible. With warts able to appear virtually anywhere on the human body they have the ability to create a social nightmare for anyone that takes value in their own personal appearance. Fortunately, while they may not have the most attractive appearance or stigma, for the most part most warts are harmless and painless.
IDENTIFYING A WART
Warts are relatively easy to identify regardless of the type or the location of the appearance. By identifying the wart, treatment becomes an easier possibility. With most wart treatments available over the counter, a simple personal identification of warts could lead to a much faster and less expensive remedy to the problem than visiting the doctor for treatment.
The easiest way to identify a wart is to simply touch it. Warts are going to feel much different than most moles, which are commonly mistaken for moles and vice versa. Warts are going to have a rough feel to them whereas moles are normally much smoother. It is also pretty common to feel a grainy texture on the wart which wouldn't be present on a mole. The texture is going to feel like several small little rough bumps quite similar to a lighter grain of sand paper.
Visually a mole is also going to look different than a mole. While moles and warts can be the same color a wart is more likely to be skin tone or have a pinkish tint to it while moles are likely to be browner in color. The wart will also have a similar appearance to cauliflower in many cases and will normally present itself with multiple warts in the same location. Warts have also been known to have small black dots in the center. This black dot is a small blood clot inside of the wart and is quite common. This of course would be another inspection item that would help distinguish between a wart and a mole as moles aren't going to have this clot. However, the absence of it doesn't mean that it isn't a wart. Look at the other distinguishing features when the dot isn't present.
Depending on the location of the wart it can take on a slightly different shape and texture. Flat warts for example are normally smaller warts with a flat smooth surface and normally appear on the legs and face. For diagnosing this type of wart it will be easier to use some of the visual methods of inspections or through a professional diagnosis. In any instance where the wart is on the face it should probably be seen by a doctor in order to have a treatment that is safe for application to the face as many treatments can be a little rough.
Another more difficult method of determining whether or not a bump is a mole or a wart is to press straight down on it. A mole is part of the body so for most moles sensation can be felt throughout the mole and the underlying surface. With most warts this sensation will not exist. The wart will feel as if it is a foreign body touching the body. It is almost like touching a fingernail. It may be attached to the body and the pressure can be felt when touching it but the fingernail itself doesn't actually feel the touch. The same is going to be true for the wart as well. This is a much more difficult means of identity but another test that could be performed to help give confidence to a diagnosis.
As with anything questionable, a doctor should be consulted. Through a doctor a proper diagnosis can be made that will lead to an effective treatment. Self diagnosis is never really recommended but in the case of a wart that is obviously a wart, self diagnosis and remedy can be relatively easy and for the most part painless. If self remedy is going to be performed ensure proper sterilization and disposal techniques are followed as a wart is an active virus. Improper handling of a wart could lead to the spread of the HPV (human papilloma virus) to other parts of the body or to others. By taking proper care removal can be accomplished without further spread of the virus.
If there are any doubts whatsoever as to whether or not a wart or mole is present a doctor should be seen. Treatments that are effective against warts would be a very bad idea to use on moles. It is important that a proper identification be achieved and that treatments are not applied to moles. Only apply treatments in situations where identification is absolutely certain.