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Skin tags

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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 have skin tags growing around armpit and neck area , recently it' flares up in a rash and skin tags are dying and falling off , can't no longer use deodrents as it causes a rash , started about 2 months ago skin tags seem to grow daily and get itchy and sore before dying off





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I have a large growth on my buttok I have been to see my GP but they say that they can't remove it on The NHS but I can get it removed by going private at a cost of £350 it hurts and bleeds it is affecting my health I use to cycle but due to pain I am unable to do this now so I've started to put on weight I'm also very embarrassed by it and will not bear myself in front of my wife I am contemplating removing it myself ( it is about the size of a ping-pong ball)





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Hi my name's John and I myself have the same problem I have a large skin tag on the inside of my thigh and anoys me im not embaresed it just pissis me of I'm of to see my doctor on Tuesday to get!it removed.🇳🇿😈😈😷😷😷





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Hi I have had skin tags on my left vulva for years I have had them removed twice but they have grown back. I am very embarrased by them and have tried a very expensive tea tree oil which did not work and just irritated my skin. I have even tried to remove them with a stanley knife with no success please are there any natural ways in which I can use to remove them.





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Since working in ascension Island for a short period of time (10days) and over 1 and half years ago I've developed about 30 skin stags on my penis shaft. No sexual activity before you ask.... Did some swimming etc... Could it just be the heat that kicked it all off..? Also I got burnt and had to drink loads of water otherwise I would of got sun stroke. After various visits to doctors then being told to see std clinic there told to go back to the doctors I would really appreciate any help as no one seems to know what this is.





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My boyfriend is having the same problem they think it's genital warts but they didn't start appearing until he was working at rose acres and the place was disgusting and he was constantly around diseased birds.

I am 21th a old girl. I had lot of sweating under my feet .Please help me to get rid of this.





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I am 21 year old girl and I have a skin tag around my anuous. It is getting bigger and my boy friend does like it. What should I do,please help me.





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Is there any antibiotic or treatment as in one broadcast some time back I was under the impression that one of the dermatologist treated a patient and said that it was a fungus that had to be treated internally. In our country South Africa, these so called skin tags are actually becoming very embarrassing on female and males all colours, and getting unsightly everyday. Please help the South African nation.





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What are the best creams to remove as have a lot growing on and round my penis. And it is very embarrassing





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I have several skin tags under my arm and one of them has a small lump underneath the skin attached to it.do i need to worry?.





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