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Doctor insights on: Is Tying A String Around The Base Of A Skin Tag A Safe Way To Remove It

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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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I have extremely tiny sized skin tags on my neck so its pointless for a doctor to remove cause they're so tiny. Can i tie a string around them? Scar?

I have extremely tiny sized skin tags on my neck so its pointless for a doctor to remove cause they're so tiny. Can i tie a string around them?  Scar?

Find another doc: If you want them removed that badly, find a doctor who will do it, rather than risking traumatizing your skin and risking infection. You may have to pay cash if the skin tags are not significant enough to be covered by a plan. ...Read more

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I have skin tags in both armpits. What's a quick safe way to remove them myself at home? Would wart freeze away work? Thanks!

I have skin tags in both armpits. What's a quick safe way to remove them myself at home? Would wart freeze away work? Thanks!

Wart freeze: Wart freeze would work. Also can be shaved or cut using sharp scissors after numbing with ice cubes. Tying them with a thread if they are big enough is another option. ...Read more

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Safe way to remove very large (and in an uncomfortable area) skin tag at home? Dr. confirmed is skin tag. Don't want to pay $350 for a 5 minute job..

Safe way to remove very large (and in an uncomfortable area) skin tag at home?  Dr. confirmed is skin tag. Don't want to pay $350 for a 5 minute job..

Skin Tag: Please be aware that having a doctor remove skin tags is usually not covered by medical insurance because it is considered an elective procedure. You can tie a string tightly around the base of the skin tag and then cut the tag with a scissors. The problem with this method is infection may occur. ...Read more

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Is there a safe way to remove skin tags at home? I have a number of skin tags on my upper arms. Is there a safe and effective ointment or cream that i can use at home to dissolve them? .

Is there a safe way to remove skin tags at home? I have a number of skin tags on my upper arms. Is there a safe and effective ointment or cream that i can use at home to dissolve them?

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I : I agree. There is an "art" to removing skin tags to avoid leaving a mark. The appropriate method depends on the size and location of the skin tag and is best performed by someone experienced in removal. A skin tag picture and a few of the treatment options are discussed at the link below. I hope that helps. ...Read more

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Is it safe to remove your own skin tags.?

Risk of infection: The biggest risk would be infection. I would advise against it. ...Read more

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Is it safe to remove skin tags yourself? If so how can I do it by myself at home?

Is it safe to remove skin tags yourself? If so how can I do it by myself at home?

SKIN TAGS: Mds usually cut it and cauterize it with silver nitrate. You can tie it with dental floss and it will fall off by itself. ...Read more