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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 is a skin tag, is it hard, rough, scaly, crusty, & do they hurt? And how can I get rid of it? Are they pointed lookin?

What is a skin tag, is it hard, rough, scaly, crusty, & do they hurt? And how can I get rid of it? Are they pointed lookin?

Soft skin growths: Skin tags are soft skin growths which are harmless. These are usually found on eye lids, neck, armpita, groin folds, and under breasts.
Anyone can develop skin tags at some time in life. Middle aged obese adults are more prone to it. These can be easily removed by tying off with thread or suture or cutting off. ...Read more

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I have had surgery for Undifferentiated VIN3 2x in the past year. Could a new, hard, flesh colored skin tag be VIN? Does it have to be biopsied to R/O

I have had surgery for Undifferentiated VIN3 2x in the past year. Could a new, hard, flesh colored skin tag be VIN? Does it have to be biopsied to R/O

Evaluation Is Needed: I needs to be evaluated, in person, preferably by the same physician who saw the previous lesions.
In the meantime, take a picture of it with a ruler so you can readily show your surgeon how it is progressing.
Hope you feel well, soon. ...Read more

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I have a skin tag that I've had for as long as I can remember. Its in my armpit. Its normally brown in color and turned partly black & hard overnight?

I have a skin tag that I've had for as long as I can remember. Its in my armpit. Its normally brown in color and turned partly black & hard overnight?

Torsion: Twisting the tag can cause an infarction of it. This means the blood supply was turned off and the tissue has died. It is likely to dry-up and drop off. If not it is very easy to remove it. No stitches. ...Read more

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2 month ago I've noticed skin tag on my vaginas lip and its about 2, 5cm. It's bothering me a lot esp during sex after it gets very painful and hard?

2 month ago I've noticed skin tag on my vaginas lip and its about 2, 5cm. It's bothering me a lot esp during sex after it gets very painful and hard?

See your GYN: This is likely a labial polyp, but also could be a genial wart. Please see your gyn for the appropriate evaluation and treatment. Best of luck to you! ...Read more

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3 wk. Old skin tag on right cheek bone 1 in. From my lashes. The stalk came off; no blood. The base is now a hard knot. Can it be removed? Txs!

3 wk. Old skin tag on right cheek bone 1 in. From my lashes. The stalk came off; no blood. The base is now a hard knot. Can it be removed? Txs!

Yes, office visit: The most common of skin lesions, the skin tag, is easily removed with a cauterizing instrument. However, depending on appearance and feel, this may represent a lesion that needs to be biopsied to rule out a skin cancer. ...Read more

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Yesterday found hard lump 3/4 inch x 1/2 inch at base of pre-existing skin tag at base of my neck. It has seeped a little and crusted. No fever or itch?

Yesterday found hard lump 3/4 inch x 1/2 inch at base of pre-existing skin tag at base of my neck. It has seeped a little and crusted. No fever or itch?

Get it checked: Hard to say what this is. It could be a cyst that has become infected or an ingrown hair.
Either way, it should be seen by your doctor. These are typically removed after the acute inflammation has stopped (No longer seeping) and can be sent to pathology for a definitive diagnosis.

However, more serious things can present like this so please have it evaluated by your family doctor. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I found a small bump that looked like an ingrown hair and I squeezed it and felt like there was a small hard ball inside...Is it HPV, skin tag or??

I found a small bump that looked like an ingrown hair and I squeezed it and felt like there was a small hard ball inside...Is it HPV, skin tag or??

Maybe not: Little bumps that have a "small hard ball" inside are more likely to be acne bumps, which means open comedones (blackheads), small acne bumps (closed comedones), or small acne pustules (whiteheads). They could also be molluscum, which are caused by a virus.
Skin tags and HPV warts don't tend to have a lump of stuff inside the center. ...Read more

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Is there anyway to get rid of skin tag besides going to a doctor? The last one said I had one but never saw it (i felt firm lump in rectum).

Is there anyway to get rid of skin tag besides going to a doctor? The last one said I had one but never saw it (i felt firm lump in rectum).

Probably not.: If the tag is big enough to cause a "firm lump", it's not something you can handle yourself; and there's no way to reach it anyway! Let a doctor take care of it. ...Read more

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Can taking too many vitamins cause abnormal skin growths, skin tags, or things like that?

Can taking too many vitamins cause abnormal skin growths, skin tags, or things like that?

Not likely: None of vitamin overdosages are characterized by skin growths. You need to consult with your doctor. ...Read more

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I have little pimple like things on my eyelids look kinda like skin tags is there like an over the counter cream or do I need to go see someone?

I have little pimple like things on my eyelids look kinda like skin tags is there like an over the counter cream or do I need to go see someone?

Eyelid: This is likely a hordeolum or a cholazion. These are types of infection to your eye lid. The first therapy is a warm moist compress. The primary problem is an infected duct to the lash or a gland called a meobian gland. If you do not get a response to this in a day or so get checked. You may need an antibiotic ointment. ...Read more

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I'm 15 wks preg. Pooing twice a day, my anus is supper itchy, im not scratching, I noticed a skin tag I've never had this things come up, what's going on?

I'm 15 wks preg. Pooing twice a day, my anus is supper itchy, im not scratching, I noticed a skin tag I've never had this things come up, what's going on?

Hemorrhoids: Hemorrhoids are very common in pregnancy. You may have this. Over the counter remedies are available but prescription strength usually works a little better. Ask your obgyn to do a quick exam and confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What are flesh colored bumps on vag lips inner and outer things had since begining of pregnancy had the baby and still have the bumps skin tags?

What are flesh colored bumps on vag lips inner and outer things had since begining of pregnancy had the baby and still have the bumps skin tags?

Bumps on labia: Without photos, it would only be speculation. Labia are noted to have surfaces similar to cauliflower at the outer edges. Otherwise the labia minora surfaces on the outside and inside are smooth. The majora skin is the equivalent of scrotal skin. Growths can certainly happen there and may also occur on the thighs. However photos are still needed. ...Read more

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I have these skin tag looking things along the inner flaps of my labia, they sometimes give a burning or raw sensation after intimacy, Please advise?

I have these skin tag looking things along the inner flaps of my labia, they sometimes give a burning or raw sensation after intimacy, Please advise?

Skin tags on labia: There are quite a few types of skin lesion that can arise in the vulva. Most are completely harmless. See your doctor for diagnosis and advice if the lesions are new, increasing in number or causing symptoms. ...Read more

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What are the two white bump things on my upper lip? Feels kinda like skin tag on neck

Milia: Sounds like milia which are tiny epidermal inclusion cysts. They mean nothing but they are annoying. See a dermatologist to have them removed. ...Read more

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Can skin tags grow back?

Can skin tags grow back?

No but more occur: If completely excised, these do not recur. However, the conditions that predispose to these (moist creases/folds) generally create co dictionary where new skin tags will appear ...Read more

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How fast do skin tags grow?

Variable: This can vary greatly. Sometimes you are born with a skin tag and it never changes size. ...Read more

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Can skin tags become inflamed?

Yes: Skin tags can and frequently do become inflamed. Any dermatologist or plastic surgeon can treat these for you. ...Read more

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How can I remove skin tags at home?

How can I remove skin tags at home?

See below: You can try clipping them off with a small pair of scissors. It will be a little painful, and there will be a small amount of bleeding after. Also, make sure you ckean the area well with alcohol prior to snipping. ...Read more

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What are skin tags and how do they form?

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. ...Read more

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Can compound w freeze be used on skin tags?

Be careful: While it may treat lesion, it's more likely to cause unfavorable scarring or color changes in skin than having them quickly and safely removed by your doctor. ...Read more

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How to remove skin tags at home with string?

Skin tag removal: Best to see your physician for this one. Occasionally skin tags can cause a bit of bleeding when they are removed and it is best done by your doctor who can see the area clearly and use a local anesthetic with a vasoconstrictor and an agent to stop bleeding after removal. ...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