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Skin Tags - Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

 

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A skin tag is a growth consisting of a bit of skin that protrudes from the body. Skin tags are very common soft harmless lesions that appear to hang off the skin. They may be smooth or irregular, flesh colored or more deeply pigmented. Skin tags are a very common condition, occuring much more frequently during and after middle age. They develop in both men and women with age. They can be skin color, or darker and can range from 1mm to 5mm in size. Skin tags develop in both men and women as they grow older. They are small benign tumors that occurs in areas where the skin forms creases, such as the neck, armpits, and groin. They also occur on the face, usually on the eyelids. Skin tags are made up of loosely arranged collagen fibres and blood vessels surrounded by a thickened or thinned-out epidermis. Skin tags can vary quite a bit in appearance. The medical term for a skin tag is cutaneous papilloma or acrochordon and while there is no definitive medical cause for skin tags, there have been varied theories. Since a skin tag is an abnormal growth, oxidation may be playing a role especially as skin tags usually appear on the skin around middle-age or older as a result of years of compounded exposure to the sun's oxidizing UV rays.

Usually, skin tags cause no trouble, but they may be unattractive, and clothing or nearby skin may rub and irritate them so that they bleed or hurt. They do not turn into cancer and they are not dangerous. Skin tags at first may appear as tiny soft bumps on the skin. Over time, they grow into a flesh-colored piece of skin attached to the skin surface by a stalk. It's easy to move or wiggle skins tags back and forth. You can treat the skin tags safely at home by using a natural healing formula. This natural formula is applied directly onto the skin tag and it draws the skin tag out from the root upwards. There is no burning or skin irritation and therefore no pain. Some skin tags are actually seborrhoeic keratoses, viral warts or molluscum contagiosum. Skin tags that are located on the face or another visible area of the body, and growths that become irritated from contact with clothing can be removed easily. The simplest treatment is surgical removal, usually with scissors, to snip the skin tag off. This should be done by your healthcare practitioner, and not attempted at home. Another removal method is the use of liquid nitrogen to freeze the growth.

Causes of Skin tags

Cutaneous tags are very common benign skin growths that occur most often after midlife. The tags stick out of the skin, and may have a small narrow stalk connecting the skin bump to the surface of the skin. Moles occur when cells in the skin grow in a cluster instead of being spread throughout the skin. These cells are called melanocytes, and they make the pigment that gives skin its natural color. Cutaneous skin tags are more common in people who are overweight or who have diabetes.

Common causes and risk factors of Skin tags:

  • Autoimmune diseases, such as lupus and scleroderma.
  • Hormones imbalances.
  • Allergic reaction to a medicine.
  • Human papilloma virus.
  • Overexposure to the sun.
  • Bacterial skin infections, such as impetigo and cellulitis.

Signs and Symptoms of Skin tags

A skin tag at first may appear as a tiny soft bump on the skin. If a skin tag is twisted on its stalk, a blood clot can develop within it and the skin tag may become painful. Skin tags can appear either as a flap attached to the skin or on a stalk-like structure of skin called a peduncle . When skin tags are attached to the skin by peduncle, they look like little mushrooms with a firm stalk and a bulbous tip.

Sign and symptoms may include the following :

  • A skin tag at first may appear as a tiny soft bump on the skin.
  • Colored skin, but may be darker sometimes.

Treatment for Skin tags

Treatment is usually not necessary unless the cutaneous tags are irritating or are cosmetically displeasing. You can treat the skin tags safely at home by using a natural healing formula. This natural formula is applied directly onto the skin tag and it draws the skin tag out from the root upwards. There is no burning or skin irritation and therefore no pain. Another method for skin tag removal is freezing them off. Doctors often use this method for getting rid of skin tags and warts, but products have come on the market in recent years for doing this at home.

Treatment may include:

  • Some people have their skin tags disappear if they take chromium picolinate.
  • If skin tags become sore from rubbing clothing or jewelry or if you find them unsightly, they can be removed surgically. Healing is usually complete in a week or two.
  • Chromium polynicotinate can also be taken and is sold under the name Natrol chromemate.