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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

A very common skin condition that starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the ...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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I have a large abyss on my head where I had a skin tag removed it is yellow and is black and looks horrible.?

I have a large abyss on my head where I had a skin tag removed it is yellow and is black and looks horrible.?

Necrotic scalp: How large is the defect? How did you get it?, need to go to your Dr. And have a referral to a plastic surgeon. You must be on antibiotics,
I am quite sure is infected, and complications may follow.
If the defect is large, the hair should be shaved, do frequent dressing changes, apply a wound-vac, to keep the secretions out. Hospital admission may be required. ...Read more

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My 5 year old has a growth on the back of her head like a skin tag or a wart type thing. What could it be?

You named 2: If it bothers you, have someone look at it. Many can be removed in the office if needed. ...Read more

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I have white (almost my skin tone) finger like bumps under the head of my penis near the opening. Is this warts or skin tags?

I have white (almost my skin tone) finger like bumps under the head of my penis near the opening. Is this warts or skin tags?

Maybe papules?: Check out pictures of "pearly penile papules" and see if this isn't you. If this is what you have, it's your choice. For many couples, they're a definite "plus". Or if your lifetime partner would prefer, they can be lasered away. ...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?

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?

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?

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

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I want to demo skin tags at home, how can I do that?

Don't: Better to see a doctor and get it done right. ...Read more

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Why am I getting so many skin tags all of the sudden?

Common at 47: Skin tags typically occur where skin rubs skin...Under the breasts, around the neck, under the arms, in the groin....
Their frequency increases as we age and some people have a genetic predisposition to them. ...Read more

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What are skin tags and how can you stop them from growing?

What are skin tags and how can you stop them from growing?

Excess skin: Skin tags (the technical name is acrochordons) are little polyps of extra skin that stick out, usually from the neck, underarms, and/or groin area. There is no way to stop them from growing, but a dermatologist can remove them. I do not recommend attempting this yourself because of risk of bleeding, infections, and scarring. ...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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Has anyone with mctd had skin tags removed?

Yes: There are many methods to remove skin tags including liquid nitrogen cryosurgery, excision, or electrosurgery.

Patients with mixed connective tissue disease may have raynaud's phenomenon and have an adverse reaction to cold. Thus, liquid nitrogen should not be performed. However, the other techniques may be used. ...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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Hw do I remove a skin tag?

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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Is skin tag removal painful?

No: There are easy to remove and are not at all painful. ...Read more

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Any home remedy for skin tags?

Any home remedy for skin tags?

How brave are you?: I have heard of people tying a thread around the base or using nail clippers (sterilized with alcohol first, of course). Better yet, just go see your local plastic surgeon or dermatologist and have him/her remove them for you. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of skin tags?

Easy: Take a stout thread and make a double loop. A friend should hold the loop over the tag while you pull the tag outwards. The friend should tighten the loop over the base of the tag (you will feel a bit of a pinch), and then tie a second knot. Put a bandaid over it after cutting the thread ends and leave it alone for a week. At a week, "voila" remove the bandaid and off comes the tag/ no 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