Skin tags are medically and scientifically known as acrochordrons. They are small lesions or growths on the skin which take the color of the flesh or appear as a brown color. They hang off from the skin, and closely resemble warts.
The tags are very common and tend to afflict almost all groups of people. The good news is that they are usually harmless if you leave them alone. Problems only usually arise when they have been removed or get accidentally damaged.
Where are They Found?
The most commonly affected areas of the body include the region around the breasts, under the armpits, and around the neck and groin. The eyelids and areas around the buttocks, especially where it folds, also fall victim to the skin tags. The cause of this skin condition varies a lot but are common where skin rubs against other bits of skin.
They don’t always need to be removed, but if they start bleeding, or you view them as harmful to your self-esteem, you could look into treatment. Removing skin tags at private clinics is considered as cosmetic surgery hence is quite an expensive procedure. Most people prefer to use alternative methods and natural ways of removing the skin tags to avoid incurring the medical expenses.
Give it Time
Skin tags can fall off on their own as time goes on. This doesn’t always happen, but if you don’t see them falling off, it’s not the sign on a serious problem. They usually fall off when the supply of blood is blocked, and most natural means of treating the condition operate under this principle.
In hospitals, most general practitioners use the same methods applied in removing warts to get rid of skin tags. This is done through burning or freezing. However the proper treatment method will vary, and should be determined by a professional after examining the tag.
The major problem associated with removal of skin tags on your own, is when heavy bleeding starts to occur, you will not know what to do. You could end up losing a lot of blood. This happens a lot with large skin tags hence the recommendation that they should be removed only by qualified professionals or dermatologists. It is occasionally ok to attempt remove smaller skin tags yourself. However medical advice should always be sought before doing this.
Will You Even Notice You Have Them?
In some instances people fail even to notice when they are affected by skin tags, especially where they are very small in size, or located in places which are hard to see. It’s not always necessary to remove them. If they’re not causing any problems then it’s safe to leave them alone.
Additionally there could be a higher risk of infection if you try to remove them at home using methods which break the skin. However there are less invasive methods which are looked at in the articles above.
What are They Composed of & Who Gets Them
Skin tags are composed of a covering of epidermis and underneath you will find a combination of nerve cells, ducts, fibers and fat cells. The skin tags are usually raised from the skin perched on fleshy stalks. They possess either smooth or quite irregular surfaces, but are not as rough as warts. The sizes of the tags range from 2mm to 1cm. However, in some cases they can grow up to a length of around 5cm – these are considered large skin tags. It may be more necessary to remove ones of this size especially if they’re causing problems.
When collagen and blood vessels get trapped inside thick-sized portions of the skin, the tags will occur. It appears on the skin of some people for no apparent reason. However, some people are just prone and easily susceptible to skin tags more than others. They appear to afflict people in middle life more than any other group. It afflicts others purely because of genetic reasons. Pregnant women appear to be at risk of getting the skin tags, but this could be as a result of their increased weight. This problem affects males and females but women tend to be more at risk of getting them. They are sometimes observed and reported more among those with weight problems.
Have a look at the video for a brief overview of skin tags.