Our skin is ever changing. Our skincare regimens, dehydration, exposure to the sun, and much more can all sorts of little differences, from new moles to warts to something entirely new and different. But when is a new bump on your skin something to worry about? Here, we’re going to look at how you can tell the difference between something harmless and something you should get checked out as soon as possible.
Does it clear up with time?
Sometimes, new bumps or patches of irritated skin can be caused by the standard wear and tear that our skin goes through. If your skin is dehydrated or your pores are blocked, this can easily lead to inflammation and breakouts which can be fairly diverse in shape and size. If it’s smaller, then give it a chance to clear up on its own with a standard skincare regimen. If it’s a new mole, however, you shouldn’t take any chances by waiting. Visit the doctor to confirm whether it’s harmless or if it could be a melanoma and a sign of skin cancer.
Recognizing skin tags
You may be able to tell when a new growth is a wart, but can you tell when it’s a skin tag? These tend to confuse people as, unlike warts, they aren’t hard but soft and tend to hang from the skin as opposed to growing out of them. They mostly appear on the neck, underarms, crotch, and under the breasts and there are a variety of skin tags on neck causes. These causes potentially include friction, hormonal changes (such as after pregnancy) and weight gain. If you can learn to identify them, they are very easy to remove and entirely harmless. In most cases, all you need is one application of a skin tag cream and they tend to come away on their own. In some instances, skin tags can actually be a sign of diabetes, with the two conditions having shown some links in studies.
When to see a doctor
If you’re ever uncertain of what a new appearance on your skin is, then it’s probably safer to see the doctor. However, there are a few symptoms that should immediately catch your attention and have you calling up for an appointment as soon as possible. Bumps that tend to be more threatening aren’t as mobile, grow spontaneously, and are both larger and harder. They may not necessarily be painful to touch, so you’re not necessarily out of the woods if they don’t feel sensitive or aching. If they’re softer or tend to get larger or painful when you get active, that’s actually a sign they’re relatively harmless.
If you’re still not entirely sure whether that new bump is harmless, then err on the side of caution and visit your dermatologist. If it’s something like eczema or psoriasis, they can help you find the most effective treatment the sooner you start visiting them. For something more serious, they can refer you to a specialist. Being prompt is your best chance of minimizing any risk.