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What’s the deal with skin tags?

Have you ever had a skin tag? When one appears, you may have freaked out, wondering what this new piece of flesh could be. Skin tags are nothing to be worried about. A skin tag is a small piece of skin that may have a peduncle (stalk) and just simply look like a small piece of soft, hanging skin. Skin tags often appear on eyelids, armpits, under the breasts, groin, upper chest and neck. Most often they are not dangerous, cancerous and have no symptoms. They are often a result of friction, when skin rubs against skin. That is why they are most commonly found in creases of skin. They can become irritated however if they are rubbed repeatedly against something like your clothes, jewelry or are repeatedly shaved.

So what are skin tags made out of? Basically, skin tags are fibers, ducts, nerve cells, fat cells and skin. Men and women are equally affected; however people with diabetes or pregnant women are more susceptible.

So what do you do if you have an irritating skin tag? Skin tags can go untreated if they aren’t bothersome. If they are in an area, such as your armpit where you repeatedly shave and it gets irritated, you can get them removed. There are home remedies, but I definitely recommend getting a doctor’s advice or getting it removed in a doctor’s office before you try any home remedies.

If you get your skin tag removed in a doctor’s office, they will usually remove them with a scalpel or scissors after applying some local anesthesia to numb the area. This is generally painless. It is best to remove skin tags in the doctor’s office in case there is a lot of bleeding after removal. They may also use electrolysis, which is better for areas where skin tags are visible because this will not leave a scar.

Have you ever had a skin tag? Did you remove it yourself or see a doctor? Did you simply leave it alone? Tell us your story in the comments below!

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing lrstewar@gmail.com.