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How serious is a skin tag?

How serious is a skin tag?

Skin tags: Skin tags are small extentions of skin, that occur in areas of friction, like groin folds, under arms, under the breasts of women, and even on the eyelids. They have a family basis, and are never dangerous. Some people have dozens, and occasionally one or several get irritated. They can be removed quickly and easily by a dermatologist, but may not be covered by health insurance. ...Read more

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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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Is it possible for a discolored beauty mark to be skin cancer?

Is it possible for a discolored beauty mark to be skin cancer?

Yes: Change in the color, size, margins, bleeding, nodule formation may indicate transformation of a mole/beauty mark to melanoma. The patient is urged to see her/his doctor for examination and if warranted, removal of the lesion to be examined by a pathologist. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to remove a skin tag wart on eye myself?

Is it possible for me to remove a skin tag wart on eye myself?

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

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How dangerous is a supurating skin lesion ?

It depends...: On the cause! both infectious and inflammatory conditions cause these. Talk to your primary care doctor or dermatologist to determine what you have, then you will be better able to know how to treat it! ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a skin tag on vagina labia or is this a genital wart? Is there any way to tell the difference? One small bump

Is it possible to have a skin tag on vagina labia or is this a genital wart? Is there any way to tell the difference? One small bump

Atypical for warts: Certainly a skin tag could occur in this location, and genital warts usually don't appear singly -- i.e. without several such bumps, warts are less likely. Skin tags typically are soft and easily pushed around, whereas warts typically are fixed pretty firmly and less mobile. But if you remain uncertain, get checked. Better safe than sorry. ...Read more

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What is a skin papilloma?

Warts: Usually papillomas mean warts, caused by virus. See, hpv is human papilloma virus. ...Read more

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How is a skin rash treated?

How is a skin rash treated?

Describe your rash..: Rashes such as poison ivy/oak, fungal(ringworm), bacterial infections (impetigo) etc.. Can be cured. Rashes such as eczema, psoriasis, ichthyosis etc...Are not curable, only treatable. Viral rashes such as chicken pox, measle, roseola etc..Will heal on their own with or without treatment. Without knowing what type of rash you have, i can't advise how to cure it. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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My question is what causes freckles, is it a skin condition?

My question is what causes freckles, is it a skin condition?

Mutations: The genetics are being worked out. Each freckle is a clone of melanocytes bearing a mutation that makes them more prone to produce pigment. The ability to get / expressed these mutations is itself genetic. If you've got freckles, enjoy them. They are endearing and a majority of your friends like them. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a chemical burn scar to become skin cancer?

Is it possible for a chemical burn scar to become skin cancer?

It is possible: It is possible. Should you have concerns about any changes in the appearance of the scar you should see your friendly dermatologist. ...Read more

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How serious is a corneal scar?

How serious is a corneal scar?

Varies.: Corneal scars can vary from small to large and superficial to deep. The location is also important. If is ouf to the side it may cause no problem versus being more central and causing glare or blurred vision. It all comes down to how it effects a person's ability to function and how if necessary it can be dealt with. See ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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How can I tell the difference between a skin tag and a wart? I have either a skin tag or a wart, but i'm not sure which it is. How can I tell the difference?

Warts : Warts are also called verruca. Warts are caused by viruses that get into the skin. There are many kinds of warts with differing appearances. In the beginning a wart can be a skin colored tiny lump. When you see a wart on the foot, it can look like a callous. There is one type of wart that looks like a cauliflower. Although warts are bumps, they tend to have a flattened surface on the top. Warts are contagious. Skin tags are called acrochordons. They develop in places where there is friction like the underarm, the groin and the neck. They are small skin growths. Sometimes they look like a little tag of skin, hanging off (hence the name). They are not contagious or dangerous. ...Read more

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How can I remove this enormous skin tag that is covering my anus?

How can I remove this enormous skin tag that is covering my anus?

Please don't! : I mean no unkindness here, but are you sure it's a skin tag? Other possibilities include venereal warts and hemorrhoids. Even if it truly is a skin tag, it's not a good idea to try to remove it yourself. Please let your doctor take a look, and recommend options for you. Best wishes. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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What could it possibly be for a tan skin prison lesion that is scraped off, turns pink, and is still rough?

What could it possibly be for a tan skin prison lesion that is scraped off, turns pink, and is still rough?

Well: skin lesion need a picture or an exam. Consult Healthtap with pictures or primary care doctor or dermatologist in person ...Read more

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How does a skin doctor determine whether a mole is benign or malignant?

How does a skin doctor determine whether a mole is benign or malignant?

Pigmented lesions: Key features that suggest a need for excision or biopsy of a pigmented lesion are 1)irregular vs. smooth margins, 2) variation in pigmentation; 3) any asymmetry; and 4) change in appearance/ or size. The appearance is only one key factor however. The patient history or family history, amountof sun damage and other factors may also influence the urgency for biopsy. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a scratch to break a vessel under a person's eye and cause it too look like a spider vein or birthmark?

Is it possible for a scratch to break a vessel under a person's eye and cause it too look like a spider vein or birthmark?

Yes: A scratch can cause a vessel to bleed immediately under the surface of the skin to cause a red mark. It should resolve in 1-2 weeks though. ...Read more

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Is it considered unhealthy to exfoliate peeing skin from a sunburn?

Is it considered unhealthy to exfoliate peeing skin from a sunburn?

Minimize Trauma: Sunburn is response of the tissues to injury from solar radiation. It is simply inflammation which means increase blood flow to the area to promote healing. Do not use ice as this can injure already injured skin. Cool water soaks can help as can taking anti-inflammation medicines like Motrin or advil (ibuprofen). Avoid any further damage as this can cause scarring . Good skin cream applied daily/gently helps. ...Read more

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How serious is a skin tag?

Skin tags: Skin tags are small extentions of skin, that occur in areas of friction, like groin folds, under arms, under the breasts of women, and even on the eyelids. They have a family basis, and are never dangerous. Some people have dozens, and occasionally one or several get irritated. They can be removed quickly and easily by a dermatologist, but may not be covered by health insurance. ...Read more

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Help plz! Can skin tags formed by over granulation leak serious fluid once healed?

Help plz! Can skin tags formed by over granulation leak serious fluid once healed?

Picture needed: Hello - It's hard to provide an answer to your questions without a picture. For sure you should seek a medical consultation from a dermatologist or plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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I noticed skin tag on upper part of labia minora ,I am now 38 weeks of pregnancy,is there any serious matter in it?

I noticed skin tag on upper part of labia minora ,I am now 38 weeks of pregnancy,is there any serious matter in it?

Skin tag: Skin tag is a superficial benign polypoid growth. There is nothing serious about it. During delivery or your next check up, it could be surgically removed. ...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?

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

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What would you recommend to treat skin tags?

What would you recommend to treat skin tags?

Skin tags: Skin tags are removed by cutting it off surgically or applying a suture to the base of the skin tag. There are no approved creams to remove a skin tag. ...Read more

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Is there a way to remove skin tags naturally?

Is there a way to remove skin tags naturally?

Yes,but dont: Skin tags can easily be removed with a small sharp scissors, but since they bleed when removed cautery will be necessary to stop the bleeding. Tying string or over the counter chemical can work but may cause damage to the skin which result in possible scarring. ...Read more

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What would you recommend to treat skin tags myselff?

See Your Doctor: Go and see your doctor, usually after a little numbing medicine is applied, they can be painlessly cut off in the office. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Skin tags?

Skin tags: 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, upper chest or groin. ...Read more

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How to treat skin tags quickly!?

How to treat skin tags quickly!?

Skin Tags: Skin Tags can usually be easily removed in the office with a sharp scissor after cleaning the area. They generally do not bleed significantly. If the skin tag is in a sensitive area (eyelid) or has a large base I will injection local anesthetic prior to removal. Your doctor should be able to help. It is a common request. ...Read more

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What's the difference betweenof skin tags and genitaly warts?

Skin: Warts are an infection caused by human papilloma virus. They are sharp, small and often found in clusters. A skin tag is not microscopic, it is not sharp, is most often found in places with increase skin on skin friction or clothes on skin friction. ...Read more

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Is skin tag normal?

Very Common: They are very common and increase with age. ...Read more

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What to do for a skin tag?

Have it removed: Surgically. Ask your family doctor to do this for you. ...Read more

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Hw do i remove a skin tag?

Small sharp scissors: Has to be done carefully to avoid infection and bleeding. Scissors needs to be very clean. Best snipped where base attaches to skin. Seeing a dermatologist to have it removed would be safer. ...Read more

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What gets rid of skin tags?

What gets rid of skin tags?

A sign...?: Skin tags (acrochordons) can be precursors or signs of Insulin resistance and diabetes. Though they are benign and harmless, easily removed, ask yourself why you have them - consider annual physical and screening labs. ...Read more

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