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Dr. Deborah Cole-Sedivy
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Skin Tags (Overview)

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.


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What causes skin tags?

What causes skin tags?

Skin tags: Bening lession. Friction of skin against skin is believed to be the cause. Is more common in obese people, usually on the underarm/axilla-trunk area, and neck area. ...Read more

Dr. Deborah Cole-Sedivy
481 Doctors shared insights

Skin Tags (Overview)

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.


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Skin tags (Tip)

Have them cut off at the base by a physician. ...See more

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Treating Skin Tags (Checklist)

Do not treat them yourself
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Avoid picking at them
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Have them removed by a doctor if needed
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What would you recommend to treat skin tags myselff?

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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Treating Dry Skin (Checklist)

Use moisturizers regularly
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Use mild soap when washing your skin
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Limit overexposure to detergents or soaps
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Does the product dermasil really work in removing skin tags?

Does the product dermasil really work in removing skin tags?

NOT AT ALL: Dermasil is essentially silicone and this does nothing to treat or prevent skin tags. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for skin tags?

What is the best treatment for skin tags?

Ignore or...: Skin tags are usually benign, but some times annoying growths on the body. Being medially harmless, they can be left alone. If bothersome can be removed by a dermatologist or plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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Treating Skin Allergies (Checklist)

Use hydrocortisone
2x day
Do not use diphenhydramine topical cream
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Avoid the offending agent (s)
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Find out if you are allergic to nickel, as nickel is often the cause of skin allergies
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What is an easy way to get rid of skin tags?

What is an easy way to get rid of skin tags?

Skin Tag Treatment: Skin tags are benign lesions and do not usually require treatment. Depending upon their size and location, acrochordae (skin tags) may be treated surgically, including liquid nitrogen cryosurgery, excision, or electrodesiccation. ...Read more

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Living with Skin Cancer (Checklist)

Avoid sun exposure between 10 am and 2 pm
daily
Apply sunscreen
2x day
Wear a hat outdoors on sunny days
daily
See a dermatologist for checkups
2x year
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Is there a way to prevent skin tags from forming?

Is there a way to prevent skin tags from forming?

Healthy weight: Maintaining a healthy weight seems to prevent skin tags among my patients. Also wearing a necklace (or anything which causes friction) may cause irritation to the skin leading to skin tags. Some people are prone to skin tags because of genetics. ...Read more

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I'm having surgery for perianal skin tags. Can I avoid general anesthesia?

I'm having surgery for perianal skin tags. Can I avoid general anesthesia?

Sedation: In most cases sedation is sufficient. Discussion with surgeon usually addresses most concerns and fears. Spinal anesthesia also can be an option if procedure is more extensive then skin tug. Good luck. ...Read more

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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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Can women get skin tags in gential area?

Skin Tags: Genital skin tags are all those skin tags that appear in the area of the genitalia such as vaginal skin tags, anal skin tags and groin skin tags. These benign (non cancerous) skin growths are surprisingly common and mostly harmless. It is extremely rare for a skin tag to be cancerous. ...Read more

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Treating a Skin Abscess (Checklist)

Clean the abscess thoroughly
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If the abscess is draining on its own, cover it and regularly change the dressing
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See your doctor if the abscess is not draining or has redness around it
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Will my skin tags grow back when I have them removed? Why do some people develop recurring skin tags? Are they hereditary, or is there something in particular that causes them to grow? .

Will my skin tags grow back when I have them removed? Why do some people develop recurring skin tags? Are they hereditary, or is there something in particular that causes them to grow? .

Repeated trauma: The cause of skin tags is not entirely clear and some have a genetic predisposition. They are usually found in skin folds (neck, axilla, groin) and likely have something to do with repetitive trauma in these areas. ...Read more

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What are the risks for skin tag removal of hemorrhoids?

What are the risks for skin tag removal of hemorrhoids?

No real risks: Except infection which is minimal. The real problem is that in healing after surgery, skin tags can reform, they are usually smaller but your bottom will probably never look like a baby's bottom. Additionally, insurance may consider it cosmetic and therefore would not cover the surgery. I frankly discourage patient s from having the tags removed. If hygeine is due to pasty smeary stools, removing. ...Read more

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What causes skin tags?

Skin tags: Bening lession. Friction of skin against skin is believed to be the cause. Is more common in obese people, usually on the underarm/axilla-trunk area, and neck area. ...Read more

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Are skin tags harmful?

No: No they are not harmful but they can be somewhat irritating because of their location. They tend to grow around neck lines, bra lines, and underwear lines. Your doctor can easily remove them but insurance often won't pay since it is considered cosmetic. ...Read more

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What causes skin tags?

Friction and rubbing: Some people tend to get them and other people do not. We don't know why that is. The occur in places that the skin experiences friction or rubbing but why some get them and others don't we don't know. ...Read more

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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 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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Why am I getting skin tags?

See below: A skin tag is a tiny, benign, outpouching of skin that is typically connected to the underlying skin by a thin stalk. Skin tags look like tiny bits of "hanging" skin and typically occur in sites where clothing rubs against the skin or where there is skin-to-skin friction, such as the underarms, neck, upper chest, and groin. ...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