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Can I cut off a skin tag myself? Will it hurt?

Can I cut off a skin tag myself? Will it hurt?

String: If you have a skin tag or lesion with a narrow base, and you are sure it is not malignant, a useful way to deal with it is to take a length of stout thread (you might need a helper for this), and lasso the base with a loop of the thread, tie is tightly with 2-3 knots, cover with a piece of tape and wait a week for it to fall off without leaving a scar. ...Read more

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Dr. Deborah Cole-Sedivy
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Skin Tags (Definition)

Cutaneous skin tags are small, usually harmless (benign) skin growths that are easily removed by a doctor. Sometimes, warts ...Read more


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Can I cut my own skin tag off ?

Can I cut my own skin tag off ?

NO: These are best removed by cryocursery or electrosurgery, since many tags contain numerous blood vessels. If the tag is small, and actually a simple tag another option would be duct tape over the area ( not face!) for 1 week-then remove. No cutting! ...Read more

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Could having a skin tag removed hurt?

Could having a skin tag removed hurt?

Local anesthetic: If they are removed under local anesthesia, the procedure is less painful. ...Read more

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Can i numb and cut my skin tag?

Can i numb and cut my skin tag?

Seek a professional: While skin tag removal is quick and relatively straightforward, sterile technique with the appropriate instruments is always your safest bet. Don't risk creating an infection or less favorable scar than you would otherwise have. ...Read more

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What causes skin tags? Can i just cut them off?

What causes skin tags? Can i just cut them off?

They just grow: They are common we don't know why they grow they are fleshy growths proabably genetics (+/-) weight gain determine size and number would not recommend self-removals. ...Read more

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Can cut skin tags off my under arms?

Will bleed: Multiple tags can be removed in one visit safely .The doctor will numb area with Lidocaine and remove with sterile scissors and cauterize any bleeding spots. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to just cut my anal skin tag?

Is it possible for me to just cut my anal skin tag?

Yes, but not smart!: Sure-if you are very dexterous and don't mind the pain and risk of infection, bleeding and the unknown. What you are describing is likely a true fibro-epithelioma (skin tag) or could be the remnant of an external hemorrhoid or a filiform wart or even cancer. It would best be treated in the doctors office where a sterile field, anesthesia and appropriate pathology and followup can be performed. ...Read more