What to do about skin tags, moles and other bumps

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No, you can’t get a wart from touching a toad or frog — that’s a myth. Warts, which are rough overgrowths of skin, are caused by a virus that’s highly contagious (most commonly the human papillomavirus, or HPV). Warts are most common on the hands, but they can also occur on the feet, face, genitals, face or other places. There are several effective over-the-counter treatments that contain salicylic acid — “the skin turns white as [the wart] dies, then you can gently file it down with a clean nail file or pumice,” said Doris Day, a New York City dermatologist. “You can treat warts on the hands, feet, elbow and knees — but not genital warts or warts on the face, where the skin is more sensitive.”

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