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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. ...Read more

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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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

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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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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. ...Read more

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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). ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a skin tag on vagina labia or is this a genital wart? Is there any way to tell the difference? One small bump

Is it possible to have a skin tag on vagina labia or is this a genital wart? Is there any way to tell the difference? One small bump

Atypical for warts: Certainly a skin tag could occur in this location, and genital warts usually don't appear singly -- i.e. without several such bumps, warts are less likely. Skin tags typically are soft and easily pushed around, whereas warts typically are fixed pretty firmly and less mobile. But if you remain uncertain, get checked. Better safe than sorry. ...Read more

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Is vitamin b good for getting rid of skin tags?

Unlikely to help: There is no miracle supplement or medication to take to get rid of skin tags. ...Read more

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Do skin tags grow back once removed?

Depends: Skin tags are common small benign growths. Removal is simple with a scissors or scalpel. Incomplete removal can lead to recurrence, but over aggressive removal is not appropriate either as more scarring may result. ...Read more

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How to remove skin tags at home with a little help from my friends?

How to remove skin tags at home with a little help from my friends?

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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Why and what is causing me to grow skin tags in my vaginal area? Thank you

Skin-on-skin rubbing: Skin tags may occur in areas where there is rubbing of skin on skin. Obese people may have more of a tendency to make skin tags. They can occur anywhere: necklines, underarms, waistline, between the legs. They are easy enough to clip off in your fps office with only a little "zing" of discomfort (that can be eased with Ethyl Chloride spray). ...Read more

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Can I take a skin tag off myself?

Yes: But if your instruments aren't sharp enough or clean enough you will regret it. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of skin tags so they won't regrow?

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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How do I get rid of skin tags by myself--no insurance?

How do I get rid of skin tags by myself--no insurance?

Too Much Danger: With the risk of scarring and infection, self treatment should be avoided. ...Read more

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What medical condition could cause skin tags on the neck?

Age, weight: Increases age and weight are factors. Multiple skin tgs may ha e weak assocaiation with cardiovascular disease. ...Read more

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I have some small skin tags on my face and neck. What to do?

Doctor visist: You can make an appointment with a dermatologist for possible removal. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I can remove a skin tag yourself the safest way?

Not recommended: I recommend against removing a skin tag yourself due to the risk of infection. You should see your doctor and they can do a simple in office procedure. They will sterilized the area and use sterile instruments to excise (cut off) the skin tag. This typically does not require anesthesia, cautery or antibiotic ointment, however these are options. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could doctors prescribe anything to remove skin tags?

Easy solutions: Skin tags are benign and easily treated some can be frozen like a wart, some can be held in a tweezers and sliced off quickly with a little Lidocaine and scalpel blade and some can be electro cauterized.
All are quick nearly painless ways of removing skin tags. ...Read more

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Is tying a string around the base of a skin tag a safe way to remove it?

If by a Professional: If a trained professional does it, safety is usually there. ...Read more

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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