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Skin Tags

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 recently found a skin tag on my clitoris it makes it more sensitive and just touching it is fairly unbearable what should I do





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I have several long skin tags on the anus area,could this be causing a blockage because I suffer badly with constipation





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I have a skin tag on my pubic area whats the easiest way to remove this





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Hi I have skin tags under my arms and on both sides of my groin which when it's hot they start stinging . One of them on my left groin is quite large about the size of a 10p coin how can I remove them hot weather and sweat means sore painful area.





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I have ski tags under my breast and under my arm pits.I have been to my doctor a few times but they have just dismissed it. I first went when I only had a few but now I have so many. The doctor say it Is nothing to worry about but I hate them I find them so embarrassing. And I have to watch what I wear. Is there something I can use safely at home..





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I'm 15 years old and I think I have a skin tag on my eyeLos and the doctors say they can't remove it because it is near my eye I was wondering if there was anything i could do to remove it at home any home remedies?





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Hello! I also have a skin tag on my anus and was also told it was piles... Im going to hospital in a few days time to see what can be done as I'm heavily bleeding out the back passage when going to open my bowel. The "skin tags" are causing me so many problems.

I have skin tags around my vagina and anus, I went to the gp and they can't remove these? I don't know what else to do as they are in an awkward place. Where can I go, or what can I do :(





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Hi Emma I have massive skin tags on my bum. I am in so much pain with them, can't sit down with out them hurting or going to the loo. We were led to believe they were piles. Until I saw a surgeon he confirmed they were skin tags with fissures. I have literally just left hospital tonight. I have been given bottox and something packed in my bum that will dissolve to help the fissures heal along with some more cream Ditlizan. (Think that is the spelling) The surgeon is keen to get them to heal, then he is going to remove the largest one to make me more comfortable. So don't give up insist that you get referred to see a specialist. I was told there is no easy cure to these they could grow back, But these had become so painful that they were affecting my life.

I have this same problem I hate it so much I want to get rid of these things but I'm too embarrassed to reach out. After seeing that I'm not the only one with this problem I feel that I might have the courage to now. Thanks for posting. I hope you are able to get this problem resolved. Jw, have you had them since you were little? I have I know I remember wondering about it when I was younger but now that I'm the age where I might want to be intimate with another person it's become a huge deal for me.

I have these too and am developing more. I went to the GP who said they could not do anything. I'm looking for somewhere to get them removed but it costs a lot of money (around £400!!) any ideas??

I just had a large skin tag removed that was between my vagina and anus. I remember finding it when it was small and just thought it was a normal growth. It grew rather large in the 14 years so I suggest you get this done before it increases in size where it becomes painful and difficult keep clean. I was able to have the procedure done in a dermatologist's office. I had my GP look at it who referred me to the other doctor. I was, of course, embarrassed but was reassured by the doctor that this is not as uncommon as you might think. Good luck.

I have had skin tags on my neck since my 20s. I'm 43 now and have noticed just recently that they and the skin between them have started getting crusty and dark in colour and can sometimes be rather sore. Should I see my GP?





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I went to the doctors & asked about removing a skin tag from my neck, 4mm in size. I was advised they No longer do this at the gp & I had to fill in a questionnaire about how it effected me? It is very uncomfortable & catches on everything. At the moment iam having to wear a plaster over it to stop it catching. Is this right or should I get another opinion from another doctor?





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Similar thing happened to me. GP was most rude and said I couldn't expect to get it removed on NHS. She did not offer a private referral and told me to put moisturiser on it. I went away feeling like a naughty child. I am thinking of using dental floss tied round it to get rid.

I had the same response from my Doctor. I have 5 tags in a line on my back which catch constantly on my bra. The annoying thing is the procedure to remove them is very quick ie freezing and cutting them off but the NHS class this as cosmetic rather than a necessary procedure.

I am 18 years old.I seem to have like two small skink tags on the end of my bellend. Never borthed me but just want to be sure





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As the video advises, go to the doctors.





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