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A 42-year-old member asked:

is skin tag normal?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Very Common: They are very common and increase with age.
Dr. Arthur Balin
Dermatology 47 years experience
Skin tag: They tend to occur in areas where the skin rubs together like in the armpits and around the neck. They tend to increase with age and obesity.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

What is a skin tag and how can I avoid them?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Caren Reaves
Obstetrics and Gynecology 24 years experience
Skin tag: Skin tags are benign growths commonly found in men and women. Age, obesity, and increased hormone conditions such as pregnancy can increase skin tags. They do not have to be removed unless they are bothersome. Removal is usually simple, relatively painless, and done in the office.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Can I take a skin tag off myself?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Voron
Dermatology 51 years experience
See below: Dermatologists usually don't recommend this, but if the stalk of the tag is very narrow, you could use a nail clipper or tighten a thread around the stalk. If you do this, you do run the risk of infection.
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A 34-year-old member asked:

What does skin tag look like?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 28 years experience
Flesh colored lesion: Skin tags or achrochordons look like flesh-colored soft small piece of skin hanging from a thin stalk located usually around the armpits, neck, groin region, or under breasts. They usually occur in areas where there is friction or rubbing of the skin.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

I have a skin tag. What should I do?

4 doctor answers15 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Leave it or see doc: Skin tags are usually of no clinical concern. Most of the time, they are cosmetically unappealing. In that case, do not cut them off yourself or yank them, or try to freeze them off. You may cause more pain, infection, bleeding, and scarring than is likely in skilled hands. See your doctor or dermatologist to get it removed by any number of techniques.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Is it normal for a skin tag to turn black before it falls off?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barry Cohen
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
If treated: Yes....

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