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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

Dr. Deborah Cole-Sedivy
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Skin Tags (Definition)

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, ...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 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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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

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Do skin tags grow back if they are cut off?

Do skin tags grow back if they are cut off?

Skin tags: While skin tags are rarely malignant, you might decide to have them removed for cosmetic reasons or to reduce irritation if they are in an area where clothes or body parts rub against them. Everyday health (harvard health publications) outlines different removal procedures. Once properly removed, skin tags rarely recur in the same site, but others might develop elsewhere. ...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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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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I cut a skin tag or geital warts of with scissors and can't get fully erect?

I cut a skin tag or geital warts of with scissors and can't get fully erect?

NEVER: CUT ANYTHING OFF YOURSELF!

See a HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL!

Please pay attention to this opinion!
Dr Z ...Read more

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I had a skin tag frozen and then cut off by 2 different gp's, all healed now, is this safe?

Likely safe: It is was just a skin tag, you are safe.
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Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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I believe I have a skin tag on my knee, and I cut it off a few times and I noticed that it grew back to its original shape in 5-8 hours, is it normal?

I believe I have a skin tag on my knee, and I cut it off a few times and I noticed that it grew back to its original shape in 5-8 hours, is it normal?

Probably not: A usual skin tag would not regrow in only 5-8 hours I would have your physician check it to see exactly what this lesion is ...Read more

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I have a skin tag on my penis can I just sterilize some scissors and cut it off?

I have a skin tag on my penis can I just sterilize some scissors and cut it off?

Not a good idea!: See a physician to discuss removal of the skin tag if it bothers you. This may be something your primary doctor does or they may refer you to a dermatologist. By attempting to do it yourself with "home sterilized" tools, you are increasing your risk of infection. ...Read more

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I had a skin tag removed off my labia majora just above my clitoris, and my ob cut a mass amount of the surrounding skin too. So really nasty lookin?

I had a skin tag removed off my labia majora just above my clitoris, and my ob cut a mass amount of the surrounding skin too. So really nasty lookin?

Get more information: Talk to your doctor about the skin tag that was removed. Was there anything abnormal about it? Understand why they removed what they did. Would you need any further procedures? Tell them your concerns, and they can help you determine if this is normal, not completely healed, etc. ...Read more

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I have a skin tag on a sensitive area its on my nipple is there any ways to remove it without having it cut off that makes me a little nervous to do.?

I have a skin tag on a sensitive area its on my nipple is there any ways to remove it without having it cut off that makes me a little nervous to do.?

Lots of ideas: Laser, cold Rx, cautery, or tie a piece of dental floss super-tight around the base and leave it to fall off by itself. Ask your physician if the last idea is okay before you try it. ...Read more

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I have skin tag near my eye lid. Can I cut off at home?

I have skin tag near my eye lid. Can I cut off at home?

Bad idea: The doctor who treats himself has a moron for a patient. It is very difficult to maneuver a sharp object or scissors near your own eyeball. If it bothers you enough, have a professional remove it. ...Read more

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Is it safe to cut off 1/8 in. Extra skin tag in front of ear lobe with clean razor at home?

Not advisable: With the risk of infection of skin with antibiotic resistance staph and strep-although the risk is low-i wouldn't advise it! You may cut off too much and have more scar formation. Risk of bleeding is also something to consider. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use deodorant products after a doctor has cut off skin tags from your armpit?

Is it safe to use deodorant products after a doctor has cut off skin tags from your armpit?

Healed?: If the areas that were resected have healed then you deodorants are safe to use. If there is any open tissue then wait a few days until all is closed up. ...Read more

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Red bump between inner thigh & vagina looked like skin tag @ first now it is swollen & red I shaved & cut the top of it and it bled a lot what is it?

Red bump between inner thigh & vagina looked like skin tag @ first now it is swollen & red I shaved & cut the top of it and it bled a lot what is it?

Probable Hemangioma: From your description, it sounds like a thing called a hemangioma, which is a benign collection of tiny blood vessels in the skin. It usually requires a simple, quick, cautery procedure to fix it. ...Read more

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I had a cold sore on my lower lip a year ago and when it healed a skin tag appeared. I have cut it off twice and it's coming back again.

I had a cold sore on my lower lip a year ago and when it healed a skin tag appeared. I have cut it off twice and it's coming back again.

That might not be...: ...a skin tag. It could be scar tissue. Every time you cut it off, it may be healing with more scar tissue. If it is a skin tag, it needs to be removed completely to prevent recurrence. I don't recommend self-surgery. Leave it alone, let it heal and make an appointment to see a dermatologist, an oral surgeon or an Ear, Nose & Throat doctor. ...Read more

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Can I cut off or use wart remover to remove scar tissue from a healed cut at the base of my penis I nicked myself a few times while shaving my genital area. After the small cuts healed, scar tissue grew and they look like skin tags?

Can I cut off or use wart remover to remove scar tissue from a healed cut at the base of my penis I nicked myself a few times while shaving my genital area. After the small cuts healed, scar tissue grew and they look like skin tags?

This: This could be razor bumps (pseudofolliculitis), skin tags, warts, molluscum, a scar, or several other possibilities. I think you should probably see a dermatologist to confirm the diagnosis and to discuss treatment options. I hope that helps. ...Read more

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Does tieing a thread around a skin tag for a few days really make it just fall off?

Normal circulation: Is necessary for even skin tags, so tying a thread tightly enough to cut off the circulation will cause it to die. (but you have to tie it below the base properly.) but warm, moist, and dead tissue can become infected, so this home remedy is not recommended. See any doctor for a quick, easy, and safer treatment--scissor excision, cautery or hyfrecator destruction, or cryotherapy. All work great! ...Read more

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How to permanently remove a skin tag!? Have a new one that just developed >_< so annoying

See below: You may leave it alone. Shave it off with a razor. Tie dental floss at the base. Freeze it with over counter remedy for warts. See a doctor.


In most cases, doctors will just clip skin tags with a pair of surgical scissors. Because skin tags are usually quite small, many people don't even need an anesthetic. The area may bleed a little afterward. Larger skin tags may need minor surgery.

Some doctors use cryotherapy to freeze the tissue. Others opt for electrical current to burn the tag. However, freezing or burning the tag may not work as well and can discolor the skin. Skin tags on the eyelid may need special treatment by an ophthalmologist.

In some cases, skin tags will fall off on their own. Even after removal, you may have new skin tags in the same places. That's because they are likely to appear in certain areas, not because they regrow. ...Read more

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This is on the back of my husband's head. They just showed up about a month or so ago. Thinking it's a skin tag but not sure if it's that or warts?

Many possibilities: Did you know there are hundreds of different kinds of skin lesion? Many of them occur on the scalp. Scalp lesions include moles, seborrheic keratoses and other harmless spots. Your doctor should see his doctor if he is concerned, especially if the lesions are increasing in number and size or are causing symptoms ...Read more

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How do I treat skin tags?

Skin tags: Skin tags should be seen by a dermatologist or plastic surgeon who will discuss options on how to get rid of them. ...Read more

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Can skin tags be dangerous?

No.: Skin tags are small 'natural' benign growths appear in skin folds like neck, armpits (axillae), under-breasts and groin. Harmless. ...Read more

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How do you remove skin tags?

How do you remove skin tags?

In all honesty...: ...I discourage people from doing this because of risk of bleeding, infections and scarring. That said, if you're going to do it anyway, clean the skin and a very sharp pair of small nail scissors with alcohol, and snip them off. Big ones can bleed quite a lot, so let your doc do those. An old folk remedy is to tie thread around them, but that seldom works. Otc "paint on" products are worthless. ...Read more

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What causes skin tags to suddenly appear?

What causes skin tags to suddenly appear?

Skin tags: Skin tags (acrochordons) are benign skin growths that are somewhat familial (genetic) and tend to occur in skin folds. We see more as people age and, naturally, in overweight people because of the skin folds. Problematic ones are treated with simple excision under local anesthesia. ...Read more