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What's the difference between hemorrhoids and skin tags?

What's the difference between hemorrhoids and skin tags?

Related: Around the anus.
There are some other skin tags-papillomas.
But around the anus, hemorrhoidal plexus with full veins can prolapse as "hemorrhoids" internal and external.
If clotted and dangling and not full veins may be called tags. ...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


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How can you tell the difference between hemorrhoids and skin tags?

How can you tell the difference between hemorrhoids and skin tags?

Hemorrhoids: Hemorrhoids are usually ingorge blood vessels that can get bigger and smaller. They can bleed, cause pain and irritation and discharge. Skin tags usually stay the same size and don't cause any symptoms. ...Read more

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Why do I have external hemorrhoids/skin tags but no internal hemorrhoids? I thought the external ones came from inside. Thank you.

Why do I have external hemorrhoids/skin tags but no internal hemorrhoids? I thought the external ones came from inside. Thank you.

External hemorrhoids: Usually the hemorrhoidal cushions or vein complexes originate internally. The shear forces secondary to either straining with constipation or frequent bowel movements associated with diarrhea can lead to prolapse of the anal lining (mucosa) and associated hemorrhoids. If they clot or thrombose, they can be quite painful. When the acute inflammation resides you may be left with redundant skin. ...Read more

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I realize I have a hemorrhoid skin tags near my anal, it itches sometime and it makes me scared. Will it go away on its own without surgery?

I realize I have a hemorrhoid skin tags near my anal, it itches sometime and it makes me scared. Will it go away on its own without surgery?

Anal skin tags: The anal skin tags will not go away without surgery but the symptoms of itching can be controlled. Most anal itching is the result of soilage collecting around the anal tags which makes patient's feel like they aren't clean and results in excess wiping. I typically recommend my patients to keep flushable wipes in their purse as they clean around the tags more thoroughly with less irritation. ...Read more

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How to remove skin tags on anus due to hemorrhoids from constipation? Was looked at by gastro doc. Constipation is controlled now

How to remove skin tags on anus due to hemorrhoids from constipation? Was looked at by gastro doc. Constipation is controlled now

O K now: See a surgeon first to confirm is only skin tags usually from hemorrhoids not anal warts and will take them off. ...Read more

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I have 3 flesh colored protrusions on my anus. Are they warts or skin tags? I also have frequent hemorrhoids. I've never had anal intercourse.

I have 3 flesh colored protrusions on my anus. Are they warts or skin tags? I also have frequent hemorrhoids. I've never had anal intercourse.

See answer: Flesh colored protrusions are generally either skin tags or hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids generally change in size whereas skin tags do not change. Warts or condyloma have the appearance of the attached photo. You would need to have then looked at by a medical professional for confirmation. ...Read more

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What are the health risks of hemorrhoid skin tag removal?

Often nothing: There is no risk from removing these skin tags other than possibility of superficial infection and pain. ...Read more

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I went to the dr & she said I have hemorrhoid. It's small & looks like a skin tag. Will they ever really go away? Dr. Said they will but I want to kno

I went to the dr & she said I have hemorrhoid. It's small & looks like a skin tag. Will they ever really go away? Dr. Said they will but I want to kno

Fiber!: Increase the amount of fiber that you are taking every day. I recommend two tablespoons of metamucil with a glass of water twice a day. This will prevent straining and allow for time to heal. ...Read more

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Will my external hemorrhoid ever disappear and shrink completely? Or will there always be a tiny bit left/skin tag, etc.

Will my external hemorrhoid ever disappear and shrink completely? Or will there always be a tiny bit left/skin tag, etc.

NO not on their own: Once external hemorrhoids are formed will not disappear on their own, will get relief from treatments with proper diet, may shrink to some extent but will not disappear, with out surgical procedure. ...Read more

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It's been 6 years since my only son was born. I still have hemorrhoids and also a skin tag. I'm embarrased, can I treat this quickly from home?

It's been 6 years since my only son was born. I still have hemorrhoids and also a skin tag. I'm embarrased, can I treat this quickly from home?

Hemorrhoids: This is nothing to be embarrased about, of course, but you can try over the counter hemorrhoid treatments. If they do not help do not hesitate to be seen. ...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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My wife had a external anal skin tag and pulp cauterized surgery yesterday and now looks like a hemorrhoid bulging, is this normal?

My wife had a external anal skin tag and pulp cauterized surgery yesterday and now looks like a hemorrhoid bulging, is this normal?

No: You should contact the doctor who performed the procedure.
Wish you good health! - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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I'm 22 suffered from anal Hemorrhoids and a skin tag that makes hygiene an issue. My doc refuses to refer me to anyone, what do I do?! I Want My Life.

I'm 22 suffered from anal Hemorrhoids and a skin tag that makes hygiene an issue. My doc refuses to refer me to anyone, what do I do?! I Want My Life.

Fecal leakage?: Occasional incontinence of stool with fecal leakage is common, but loss of bowel control particularly without warning may signal a significant infection, inflammatory problem, maldigestive concern, or neurologic disorder. Sometimes, particularly in youths, the condition is behavioral. Often, anal manometry followed by biofeedback can be curative without the need of surgery or medication. ...Read more

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Purple around anus. Looked like deflated sacs. Larger red/purple in middle sac right inside anus. And a skin tag. Hemorrhoid or polyp?

Most likely: Can be a thrombosed hemorrhoid or a sentinel pile--especially if accompanied by a history of constipation, excessive pressure to move your bowels. A physical examination would be in order, however, to determine exact diagnosis. ...Read more

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External hemorrhoid changed to huge skin tag causing discomfort, pain while wiping, itching how do I get rid of it? Do I have to be put to sleep?

External hemorrhoid changed to huge skin tag causing discomfort, pain while wiping, itching how do I get rid of it? Do I have to be put to sleep?

Not necessarily: Even if the skin tag needs to be removed, it would likely not require general anesthesia. See your doctor to evaluate if a topical treatment may work. ...Read more

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Dr said I have hemorrhoid& gave me docusate&hydrocortisone cream. Looks like a skin tag w/a blood vessel. Will it ever go away &look Normal? I'm sad

Maybe not. No worry: It's possible a small skin tag will persist. With luck, this will be the worst blemish on your overall beauty. ...Read more

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I have a normal skin colored small bubble like skin tag externally on my anus, is this warts or hemmerhoids?

Hard to say: Without doing an exam. Go see your doctor so that he or she can perform an exam and get an accurate diagnosis, and prescribe proper treatment if needed. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Feel new small "skin tag" type outside anus- was told 1 yr ago had internal hemorroids- could this be external one? Chronic constipation & strain w BM

Feel new small "skin tag" type outside anus- was told 1 yr ago had internal hemorroids- could this be external one? Chronic constipation & strain w BM

External hemorrhoids: Certainly could be. Since this is an area that is difficult for an individual to see, even in the best of circumstances, I would recommend being evaluated to make sure you know what you are dealing with. ...Read more

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How do I treat skin tags?

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?

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 don't: 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

Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Hemorrhoids (Definition)

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