All About Skin Tags
Here are some facts about skin tags:
- They are small skin growth which are quite common
- They are known to be harmless but very annoying
- The skin tags tend to appear on the neck, eyelids, groin folds, armpits, and under the breasts
- One person can have from one to hundreds of skin tags
- Through their lives, almost everyone will develop one or more skin tags
- Obesity is more associated with skin tags
- Those who are obese or middle aged are more prone to getting a skin tag
So, what actually is a skin tag? It is a very common benign skin growth that has the appearance of a small soft balloon of a skin that hangs.
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The skin tags are definitely a harmless growth and they can vary from one to literally a hundred. Both men and women are equally prone to them. Usually, the main cause of a skin tag is obesity.
About Skin Tags
And even though some of them may fall off in a spontaneous manner, most of them are persistent upon forming. The medical name for them is acrochordon.
The skin tags are basically bits of a darker or fleshy colored tissue which has projected from a small and narrow stalk. Some people even refer to them as skin tabs. When found at an early stage, they are pretty small and flat.
They can grow from one to three millimeters to 1-5 centimeters in diameter.Where to they occur?
They can literally come up on every part of the body, but the two most common places for them to be found are the armpits and the neck. Some other common places where they can appear are the eyelids, the upper chest, groin folds and buttock folds.
They are also thought to occur at places where the skin rubs against skin or rubs to a piece of clothing. It can literally happen to everyone, from babies to preteens to teenagers and adults.
Who is more prone to skin tags? At some time in their lives, more than a half from the world population has been reported to have one or more skin tags.
Although they may occur at any time, usually they appear in the adulthood. They are most common in the middle age, and they tend to increase their prevalence up to the age of sixty.
But on an important note, the overweight people are more prone to getting them. Also, hormone changes, pregnant women are two groups that have been reported to increase the formation of a skin tag.
The skin tags are harmless and they are treated or removed if they bother you. They can easily be removed by a dermatologist.
Will the removal of a skin tag cause a new one to grow? There is no evidence of that. In reality, some people are simply more prone to developing a skin tag than other, and may stumble upon new growths eventually.
Is the skin tag a tumor? They are a harmless growth of tumor, and are totally benign. They cannot become cancerous if they are left untreated.
There are extremely rare cases where the skin tag has turned into a pre cancerous or a cancerous growth, and in these cases it bleeds, grows, changes colors, so in these cases make sure you make a biopsy and consult your doctor.
Are the skin tags contageous? Definitely no, there is no evidence of that. This means that people cannot catch from or transfer them to anyone. While the warts are usually caused by the HPV virus, and are known to be extremely contageous, the skin tags are not caused by HPV.
Do the skin tags cause any problems? The skin tags cause not issue whatsoever, other than the cosmetic appearance. This is probably the most common reason for their removal.
The tag may sometimes require removal because it has become irritated or it started bleeding, or just become black from twisting and death of the tissue of the skin. They can sometimes even be snagged by a pet, a piece of jewelry or clothing, so there is nothing to worry about there. They can even fall off by themselves.
The skin tags can be treated by a dermatologist, and because they are mostly considered to be a cosmetic treatment, they are not covered by your medical insurance. If there are any suspicions about it, then the medical insurance may cover it, depends on the outcome.
Also, note that there are no creams with which you can remove skin tags. This is why it is not advisable for you to try unapproved products in order to remove it, such as tea tree oil, wart remover, toothpaste, nail polish, hair removal creams and so on. This may lead to complications and unwanted effects.
One of the more important questions – should you worry about removing your skin tag by shaving? Of course not. They are frequently removed by shaving or waxing. There can be no harm done in any of these cases. Sometimes, there might be a small bleed which will last about 10 to 15 minutes, and rarely, a skin irritation may occur, but it will not last long too.
The skin tags can be sent to biopsy if you notice some changes in it, as we already mentioned before. Just make sure you can make a difference between a skin tag and a wart, a mole, a barnacle, a nerve and fiber mole.
And when it comes to your intimate parts, for men as well as for women, remember that the skin tags usually appear on dry places, so if you notice a growth down there, make sure your doctor does a regular check up and find out what that really is.
Finally, remember that if the skin tag changes color it means that there is not enough blood supply, so it may fall off by itself in the next period of two weeks and does not need any additional treatment, but if it starts to bleed, then you immediately have to go to your doctor in order to find out what is causing the bleed and determine a further treatment.