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what is the definition or description of: skin tags?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Skin tags: Skin tags (acrochordons) are soft outpouchings of skin that may be caused by skin friction. They may grown under the arms or breasts & on neck, upper chest or groin.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

Can skin tags be dangerous?

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Dr. Margaret Mann
Dermatology 19 years experience
No: Skin tags are benign, noncancerous growths that typically grow in folds of the body (neck, underarm, groin, under the breast). They are not dangerous but can get rubbed and irritated. If you are concerned about a growth on your body, you should see a dermatologist to make sure it is indeed a skin tag. Sometimes other growths such as skin cancer can look like skin tags.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

Are skin tags harmful?

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Dr. Kathleen Cullen
Internal Medicine 9 years experience
No: No they are not harmful but they can be somewhat irritating because of their location. They tend to grow around neck lines, bra lines, and underwear lines. Your doctor can easily remove them but insurance often wont pay since it is considered cosmetic.
A 35-year-old member asked:

I have skin tags around my bottom, .Too embarrassed to go to an office and spread my bottom . Any home treatments?

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Dr. Oliver Kreitmann
Obstetrics and Gynecology 43 years experience
No: Examination is necessary to identify the nature of the condition and offer appropriate treatment.
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A 66-year-old member asked:

Any home remedy for skin tags?

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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Skin Tags Home Rx: The most effective home approach to skin tags would be the same as home treatment for warts. Dr. Scholls makes a freeze away canister for freezing warts. Used as directed, this should be effective for small to medium size skin tags. http://www.drscholls.com/drscholls/wartremoval/freezeaway.jsp.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What are skin tags and how do they form?

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Dr. Alan Greene
Dr. Alan Greeneanswered
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Skin growth/rubbing: Skin tags are extra bits of normal skin, often on little stalks. They most often show up where there's friction: underarms, neck, genitals, and anus (with crohn's disease, for instance). They sometime run in families. They're more common as you age and even more common if overweight.

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