Getting Rid of that Skin Tag
Skin tags are harmless tumors that look like a small piece of hanging skin on your body. It’s a tiny piece of skin formed in shape of ball or oval and it connects narrowly to the skin. The medical term used for a skin tag is “acrochordons”.
Skin tags can differ in size and are usually from absolutely tiny to the size of an eraser. Their color is usually the same as the skin, but again it occasionally varies a bit, sometimes being a bit darker or lighter. Most skin tags are small tumors, however they are considered benign and totally harmless by doctors. Skin tags are also not indicative of any other related skin problems.
But the problem arises when skin tags can become an annoyance and irritation to the person. Also they are not a good sight to look at when they are visible. Usually small and soft, these unwanted extensions can be very painful when twisted or irritated. They are much more common in women than men and middle age people are more prone to them. However, it is estimated that approximately half of the population have these growths in some or the other parts of their body.
Skin tags usually are formed in areas where there is presence of moisture, with heat and friction, such as areas where the skin rubs against the skin or areas where the skin rubs against the clothing.
The most common areas for occurrence of skin tags are
- On the neck
- On the eyelids
- Under the armpits
- Under the breasts
These are just some of the common areas on the body; however they can occur in other parts of the body too.
Majority of people with skin tags have tried to remove them by scratching them or using their fingers to pull them off. That only results in discomfort, pain and irritation. It may even cause bleeding and only add to the discomfort. Skin tags are often irritated by clothing and jewelry too and this might just be annoying and distracting.
Here are a few ways that can help you get rid of these unwanted growths.
- Extraction – The skin tags are removed by surgical scissors of a scalpel.
- Suture – This involves tying a surgical suture around the base of the skin tag in order to cut the blood supply to the skin tag.
- Electro-cauterization – This uses an electrified instrument to burn the skin tags completely.
- Laser Surgery – A laser is used to destroy the skin tag.
- Cryosurgery – Very low temperatures are used to freeze and kill the skin tags.
These methods are surgical procedures and should not be performed at home and should be performed by a qualified doctor only. Each of the above methods has its own advantages and disadvantages, with the procedures not being entirely pain free. Therefore, it is important that you talk discuss the procedure with your doctor and know all details about skin tag removal.
Skin tags can also be removed at home by several skin tag removal cream home treatments. These methods require common ingredients that are easily available at home. A few home treatments have been in use for several years and have found to be effective with little or no discomfort and pain.