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What Are Skin Tags?

Skin tags are small harmless growths or tumors on the skin usually occuring among middle aged men and women. These grow to about the size of rice grain. Skin tags are smooth, with a fibro-vascular core sometimes with fat cells and are attached to the skin by fleshy stalks called peduncles. These are also known as acrochordon or fibroepithelial polyps These skin growths are painless, harmless or benign tumors occurring in the skin areas where folds form like the neck, armpit, and groin. These may also grow on the eyelids. Skin tags also grow in the female genitalia and are called vaginal skin tags. There are also anal skin tags found on the area of the rectum.

Skin tags are believed to be due to the constant rubbing of the skin and are common among overweight, diabetic and pregnant women. Treatment is really not needed but in cases where constant irritation occur like during shaving, skin tags are removed by dermatologists. Some patients have their skin tags removed for cosmetic reasons. Cauterization, cryosurgery, and surgical excision are some of the ways to remove skin tags. There are even over the counter solutions similar to that of wart removal kits. Some even just tie a knot on the base of the skin tags to cut blood circulation and kill the dangling growth.

Not all skin growths are skin tags or benign. If a skin growth is observed to be growing, it is advisable to see a dermatologist to determine if it is cancerous or not.

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