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Skin tags

In the vacuous, celebrity-obsessed society we live in – where designer labels and the hullabaloo surrounding the latest fad is everything – you might think that skin tags sound like the ultimate ‘must-have’ bodily accessory. But you’d be wrong. In fact, when you consider their medical names – fibro-epithelial polyps or achondrochordons – they sound positively unappealing! Skin tags are soft lumps attached to the skin by a stalk. They are usually the same colour as your skin, under 0.5 cm in size, and often develop in the armpits, neck and groin. Around 50–60% of people over the age of 50 have them (although, younger people can develop them as well) and they sometimes run in families. They may look unsightly and can be a nuisance (catching on clothing or jewellery), but they are harmless and do not become cancerous. Furthermore, they can be easily removed by your GP.

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I've got 3 little bumps on my penis I think there skin tags not to sure when masturbating I get a burning sensation from them and then I get worried can anyone plz help me I've lost my self of steam I've become really shy whith my surroudings





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Hi, I had a skin tag just above my breast (underneath the bra stip). It feel off after a couple of weeks. Does a skin tag have a root that is left behind and which needs to be removed? Or can I now forget about it. Should I still see a GP and show her the mark that is left from the skin tag? thanks! Kate





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Can you use very hair removal cream on an area that has a skin tag. I have a couple in my arm pit and I can shave them properly because the skin tags obviously.





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I asked my gp to to remove two skin tags. She said no, as its deemmed as cosmetic. Cut backs?





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Hi Grahame. I have skin tags too and I was told its cosmetic but if the skin tags are itchy and annoying and not in an area that can be seen ie just under your breast bone and you don't wear swimwear and you don't sunbathe then surely it's a medical procedure

I have dozens of skin tags on my thighs and where my knicker elastic is and as I also have a vaginal prolapse and wear pads the combination means the tags become sore and chapped. I have used Sudocreme and a general antiseptic without success, my GP can't remove them as their cauteriser no longer works (!) and we cannot afford private treatment. I have decided to try a product that has all positive reviews - it may be liquid nitrogen - as there is no alternative. What are the risks?





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does anybody know about kyloids?? and any therapy for that thing???





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I am 17, female and sexually active, recently I noticed small skin tag like bumps around my vagina, there was a small cluster on one side so out of concern I visited my sexual health clinic they did another text for STD which came back normal, I have noticed they have spread slightly, they don't cause me pain, itching or any other irritation, only when wearing certain types of underwear like a thong, could anybody help me rule out what these are?





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i am 24 weeks pregnant now an recently i have noticed that im getting little white spots that look like skin tags on my vagina opening an outer lips, their getting sore an itchy now and i dont no what to do? is this normal in pregnancy's as this is my first child?x





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I have loads of skin tags all around my vagina and anus. I had one which I managed to pull off with tweezers and now I have LOADS! I've tried freezing them off with a verruca/wart home freezing kit but it hasn't really worked! What else can I do? My partner isn't fussed but it makes me feel very uncomfortable and self concious! What can I do? I am 18 years old





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I have a few white spots on my penis, my guess is that they are skin tags but I cannot be sure. There are quite a lot, they don't hang from the skin, but just looks like white spots.





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