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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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Hey I am 33 weeks pregnant and I have like skin tags on my bum could u please tell me what I could do because I'm very worried if they could do anything to the baby thanks you





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Please visit your GP to get all skin tags removed. I used the string method in the past successfully but this time things went wrong. The tag became infected. It became swollen and the surrounding skin turned red and sore. I had to have the cotton removed by a scalpel. The area had to be packed to stop the bleeding and dressed. I have to return in 1 month when I am healed to get it removed by my GP. I will not attempt removal myself anymore.





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I use nail clippers to remove skin tags. Stings a little but does the job





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Can u remove skin tags urself and if so how can I do this as I have quite allot of them around my neck area and a couple on my face,my doctor has said he carnt remove them as I have too many and I disagree as my neck isn't exactly covered





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My skin tag has got larger overnight and turned black/purple, it hurts a little





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I had a boyfriend that had 3 near his penis in the pubic region we looked how to do it and it most def works 100%. Find some string irdental floss tie a lop or knot to go perfectly around the tag, pull the rag than tie the floss around it as tight as you can a couole days later all his tags turned black fell if and not one scar i couldnt believe it. Good luck guys.





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Since becoming pregnant with my 2nd child in 2011 I have developed 5 or 6 skin tags around my bottom and vaginal area. They cause pain as my underwear rubs on them. What is the best way to remove them and can I do it myself as I feel uncomfortable going to the doctors.





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I seem to have a skin tag around the clitoris area can you please advise where I can get this removed? Thank you





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Hi Jayne, re your comment ("Hi I have the same problem can you please advise what advice you were given and where you went? Many thanks") on my question... I went to a sexual health clinic and the woman didn't know what it was. She recommended me going to a GUM clinic at local hospital to get it looked at. I haven't gotten round to doing that yet. Sorry this isn't more helpful.

Hi I noticed a few months ago I had a skin tag on my back passage, I now have around 4 or 5 around my back passage, one close to my vigina. I had cin3 pre cancerous cells and laser treatment 12yrs ago and followed by 6mth smears. Now I am back to having smears every 3yrs , are these tags anything to do with pre cancerous cells maybe coming back. Should I see a Dr or are they simply skin tags.





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NHS website says GPs won't pay for this as it's considered cosmetic surgery . Where do I find the best place for it to be done privately?





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