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What is the difference between a cyst and a skin tag?

What is the difference between a cyst and a skin tag?

Both Benign: Both are benign growths. A cyst is a dilated hair follicle, while a skin tag is a piece of loose skin.

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Cyst (Definition)

A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more


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What is the surgical procedure for removing a sebaceous cyst and skin tag?

What is the surgical procedure for removing a sebaceous cyst and skin tag?

Incision/hypercation: Sebaceous cysts are nasty. They need to be cut out and the 'coating' around them needs to be carefully removed or it will return. Skin tags are easy. They can be scrapped off, cyrofreezed off with liquid nitrogen or burned off with an electrical current.

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How long will it take to perform a mole, cyst, lesion and skin tag removal?

How long will it take to perform a mole, cyst, lesion and skin tag removal?

One visit: Depending on size and location all three could be performed in one session. It could be done in less than approximately 30 minutes.

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How do I know if I have a skin tag cyst or an ingrown hair on my penis?

How do I know if I have a skin tag cyst or an ingrown hair on my penis?

No hairs on penis: Traditionally speaking, there are no hairs on the penis, so an ingrown hair is unlikely.

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I have this flesh colored bumps on my nose and they are not skin tag. They are like pimples but, without the itch, redness, cyst. What's this?

I have this flesh colored bumps on my nose and they are not skin tag. They are like pimples but, without the itch, redness, cyst. What's this?

Worth getting seen: We can't diagnose you at a distance, but this is worth discussing with your physician, now if it is new, or at your regular appointment if it is not. This may be anything from the "adenoma sebaceum" of mild tuberous sclerosis to early deformity from rosacea to sebaceous hyperplasia. I'll bet on the last.

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What is the difference between genital wart and skin tag?

What is the difference between genital wart and skin tag?

Viral infection: A wart is a viral infection transmitted by contact. A skin tag is a small overgrowth of normal skin easily removed.

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What is the difference between an inflamed and irritated anal skin tag?

What is the difference between an inflamed and irritated anal skin tag?

Same: They are essentially the same thing. Hope this was helpful. Thanks for using Healthtap. Dr R

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What is the difference between a skin tag and a wart? How can I tell the difference between them? How can I remove them?

Easy: Skin tags look like regular skin, usually on thin stalk that can be "pulled up" or stretched from the skin. Often occur under arms, in groin, around neck. Wart has rough surface- like a small cauliflower - often more firm - does not feel like normal skin. Warts often on hands / feet. Warts can be frozen off or can apply various topical agents regularly. Skin tags can be ligated, frozen or cut.

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What's the difference between of skin tags and labial polyp?

Size: Skin tags are common and always benign. Although polyps may occur on mucosal membranes they are rare on skin. Polyps that occur anywhere have the potential to be malignant and may require biopsy for histologic evaluation. They are generally much larger than skin tags.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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How can you tell the difference between a skin tag and a HPV wart?

How can you tell the difference between a skin tag and a HPV wart?

Locations: Skin tag usually present at neck, arm pits and sometines under breasts and groins. They are tiny (1-2 mm) and sometimes, elongated. Warts caused by hpv can be anywhere, but commonly, hands/fingers (called hand warts), bottom of feet (called plantar warts) and ano-genital areas (called genital warts). They are usually larger (>5mm).

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How do I find what's the difference between a mole, skin tag, and cancer?

A biopsy: A skin tag tends to look like a grainof rice or small tag coming from the skin they are no cancerous more common in overweight persons with redundant folds of skin the neck and axilla are common places. A mole is a growth of cells on the skin normally bening but some can change and that is why you should see a dermatologist. Moles tend to be round smoothed walled and ma have hairs.

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How do I tell the difference between a skin tag or genital wart in the vagina?

How do I tell the difference between a skin tag or genital wart in the vagina?

Genital Wart Vrs Tag: The difference between genital warts and a skin tag is very distinctive. Genital warts are the result of a sexually transmitted disease (std). A skin tag is the result of age, pregnancy, obesity and heredity. In addition, other factors (such as symptoms) make these two conditions different. See your doctor for help.

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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.

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Are there any differences between a skin tag caused by natural occurrences (like weight, age, hormones) and one caused by hpv?

Are there any differences between a skin tag caused by natural occurrences (like weight, age, hormones) and one caused by hpv?

Yes: Most skin tags are loose soft flexible growths while a "wart" from hpv is thicker and wrinkled on the surface. Not always easy to tell the difference but most professionals can differentiat by looking.

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