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Dr. Richard Bensinger Dr. Bensinger
Ophthalmology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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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.

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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


Dr. Michael Tomeo Dr. Tomeo
Dermatology
34 years in practice
Temple University School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Philip Miller Dr. Miller
Family Medicine
43 years in practice
Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine
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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!

Dr. Edward Zimmerman Dr. Zimmerman
Cosmetic Surgery
34 years in practice
University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences
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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.

Dr. Michael Fisher Dr. Fisher
Dermatology
28 years in practice
Morehouse School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Earl Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Surgery - Plastics
23 years in practice
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Morris Westfried Dr. Westfried
Dermatology
42 years in practice
Yale University School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Richard Zimon Dr. Zimon
Internal Medicine
55 years in practice
Harvard Medical School
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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

Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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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. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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I've got several skin tags under my arms, is it safe to cut them off?

I've got several skin tags under my arms, is it safe to cut them off?

It is much safer: To have this done by a medical professional.

Dr. Robert Grindstaff Dr. Grindstaff
Addiction Medicine
34 years in practice
East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
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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

Dr. Tiffanie Noonan Dr. Noonan
Pediatrics
16 years in practice
University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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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.

Dr. Susan Almquist Dr. Almquist
Obstetrics & Gynecology
12 years in practice
Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University
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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.

Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Barry Press Dr. Press
Surgery - Plastics
40 years in practice
The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Michael H. T. Sia Dr. Sia
Pediatrics
27 years in practice
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Glenn Messina Dr. Messina
Aesthetic Medicine
31 years in practice
New York Institute of Technology New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
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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.

Dr. David Clayton Dr. Clayton
Surgery - Plastics
41 years in practice
University of Utah School of Medicine
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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.

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