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Mole Be Gone

<p>The harmless ones&nbsp; enhance your look a la Richard Gomez. Some grow just to kill you</p>
by Ronjay Eduvas | Nov 23, 2010
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WARTS
What it is : Or kulugo. Warts are small benign growths usually caused by a viral infection of the skin. You can also get warts from other people and from wet, damp areas like swimming pools and shower rooms.

Kinds
1. Common warts - Can grow anywhere on the hands and face, but usually occur where skin has been damaged. This is a rough, horny lesion ranging from 1mm to 2cm in diameter size.

2. Foot warts  - The most painful type of wart due to the pressure exerted on them. About an inch big, they grow in clusters.

3. Genital warts - One of the most common sexually transmitted diseases. More contagious than other types of warts.

4. Filiform wart - A long finger-like projection ordinarily found in multiples, seen most commonly in adult males, around their eyelids, neck, and the bearded areas of their face.

Treatment
Topically applied chemicals may burn warts but not completely free you from them, especially if they are of the bigger kind. You can also try Cryosurgery, which involves freezing the wart using liquid nitrogen and then just having it falloff after.
But the most common wart removal method is Electrocautery that makes use of needles to burn warts. A topical anesthetic may be applied to the affected areas to numb the skin. But you will have black, burnt warts on your face and body for a while after the treatment

MOLE
What it is: A pigmented spot on the outer layer of the skin. Most  are harmless (benign), but atypical moles may develop into malignant melanoma, a potentially fatal form of skin cancer. These are usually hereditary, bigger than a corn kennel and irregular in shape and pigmentation. If your mole bleeds, gets itchy or terrifies people, consult a doctor to be safe.

Kinds
1. Junctional - Brown pigmented moles which may be flat or raised.

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2. Dermal - Moles that contain hairs and are more common on the upper part of the body. They are elevated and color ranges from flesh to brown.

3. Sebaceous - Produced by overactive oil glands and are yellow and rough

4. Blue moles - Colored pigments deep within the skin and most common on the head, neck and arms of women.

Treatments
Moles may be removed in two ways:  Excision or Radiofrequency Vaporization. Both procedures involve numbing the area with an anesthetic agent to minimize discomfort.
     Radiofrequency vaporization uses a machine that emits very high RF, which is then converted to heat that vaporizes mole tissue. The cost of treatment depends on the size and the number of moles to be removed, ranging from P3,000 to P5,000.

 Excision uses a scalpel blade to remove the mole then closing it with either an adhesive strip or sutures. There may be some noticeable scarring after this procedure depending on your skin type and the size of the mole.

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