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Difference between skin tags and molluscum contagiosum - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Skin Hair and Nails
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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!
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