Skin tags

Skin tags, formally known as acrochordons, are small pieces of flesh that protrude from your skin. They’re attached through a stem or stalk. Skin tags are most commonly found in folds of skin i.e, around 

  • your neck
  • Armpits
  • and groin area

 usually, appear in people of middle age and both women and men get equally.

Causes and risk factors:

While the exact causes of skin tags are unknown. 

however, the risk factor includes

  1. Older people
  2. People who are obese
  3. Type 2 diabetic
  4. Pregnancy
  5. Family history
  6. Sex steroid imbalance especially if they are changes in estrogen and progesterone.

When to see a doctor:

Skin tags are usually harmless, non-contagious and non-cancerous benign growths but when it bleeds, itches, or changes colour, contact your doctor immediately.

Treatment:

Small and tiny skin tags may fall off on their own.

Most skin tags stay attached to your skin. In general, skin tags don’t require treatment.

skin tags are only a cosmetic concern, not a medical problem.

Various treatment methods include:

Cryotherapy: Where freezing the skin tag with liquid nitrogen.
Surgical removal: Removing the skin tag with scissors or a scalpel.
Electrosurgery: Burning off the skin tag with high-frequency electrical energy.
Ligation: Removing the skin tag by tying it off with surgical thread in order to cut off its blood flow.

Removing skin tags at home may cause heavy bleeding and infection hence not suggested.

Dr. Krishna Priya.

References:
https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/rm-quiz-truth-skin-tags

 


 

 

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