Skin tags are small brown or flesh-coloured growths that hang from the surface of your skin. They are made of loose collagen fibres and blood vessels surrounded by skin. Although skin tags are common they are completely harmless and are usually only a few millimetres in size. They can however be troublesome as can catch on clothing or jewellery, and can be unsightly.
Skin tags can affect anyone and most commonly occur where the skin folds or creases. Skin tags can be hereditary, and people who are diabetic or pregnant are also more prone to them. Some people develop them for no apparent reason.
A wart is a skin growth caused by a common viral infection, human papilloma virus (HPV). They typically have a ‘cauliflower’ appearance and feel rough to touch. They can occur anywhere on the body, but are most common on the hands and feet.
A verruca is a type of wart and most commonly occur on the feet.
Verrucae and warts are not usually painful, unless they are on a part of the body that is being pressed, e.g if on the foot, walking can make them uncomfortable.