Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
166 Doctors are Online

Difference between skin tags and molluscum contagiosum - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
User rating for this question
Very Good Posted in: Skin Hair and Nails
Answered by

General & Family Physician
Practicing since : 2004
Answered : 1678 Questions
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hello
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   sorry could I find out if you are a male or female?
Doctor :   I am Dr XXXXXXXX here.
Doctor :   I am a male doctor.
User :   it's just that i'm a little embarrased with the question...
User :   i see...
User :   um... could you tell me the difference between a skin tag and a molluscum contagiosum?
User :   in terms of appearance and also perhaps treatment methods?
Doctor :   Molluscum contagiosum is a pale to pink colourd bump
User :   ok
Doctor :   with size extending from 1 to 5 cms.
Doctor :   Most often associated with a dimple or a punctum in it.
User :   ok
Doctor :   The punctum is located most often in the centre, but can be present peripherally in certain lesions.
User :   i see.
User :   how about skin tags?
Doctor :   Skin tags are most often very slowly growing to almost non growing lesion.
User :   do you think that this might be a good solution?
Doctor :   There tags are usually of the same colour/complexion when compared to the normal skin with no apparent punctum.
Doctor :   Let me sea that.
User :   they claim it's a natural oil which just lets it fall off
Doctor :   Yes, I can see that.
User :   sorry, one more question, are skin tags contagious?
Doctor :   There are no specific reports of the effectivity of these skin tags.
Doctor :   As a general physician practising medicine, I do not know the effectiveness of natural oil products.
Doctor :   Skin tags are non concerning, non contagious problems.
User :   I see
Doctor :   The tags are non concerning problem and treatment is usually done for cosmetic purpose.
User :   Ok.
Doctor :   Dermatolgist treat them by using surgical incision or by freezing techniques.
Doctor :   Have you followed?
User :   Yes, I think i understand so far
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   well thank you very much for your time. I appreciate your help!
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor :   Bye for now
User :   Bye!
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor