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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 watched your show and saw a lady with cloistral and you referred her to a salvation army clinic I have searched the net but found none can you please tell me where I can go to have something with the marks I have on my eyes either removed or shown how to cover them thank you s sal





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Around 2 months ago I noticed that I had weird small lumps around my anus. After a while I noticed they had spread to my vaginal area. I noticed a big lump just outside of my vagina. Not knowing what they are I had a search on Google and the closest thing it came to be was skin tags. They are starting to spread only in the area between my vagina and anus. Now starting to worry as I don't think it might be skin tags. I'm truly worried. What should I do?





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If they are spreading, it sound more likely that they are warts, and you should go and speak to your Dr. Don't feel embarrassed - he has seen it all before!

i am 15 and i got some skin tags / warts on my vigina how do i gey rid of them





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Im 15 and a girl. I always wake up with really bad breath and my mouth is full of really smelly slimy stuff and its just really awful because i cant see anyone in the morning unless I've brushed my teeth and tongue straight after getting out of bed. What should i do?





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I have tied a skin tag off about a week ago it has now gone a purple black colour but has not dropped off how long will it take ?





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please give me the name of the cream you gave for skin pigmentation





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I went to my doctor because i have what look like skin tags she told me that 2 of them are like warts and are on my vulva they are white but has done nothing about it and said because of where they are they cannot be removed thats all she said so does this mean i have to live with them for the rest of my life they are painful and dont want to have sex because of it . Im so embarresed its getting me soo down. I really want them removed. :( please can somebody give me some advise :'(





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I have a skin tag under my breast. It's suddenly got sore and looks rather inflamed. It's also discharging a bit and smells a bit gross. I am manic about keeping it clean and I've covered it with a clean tissue because the underwire of my bra is irritating it. Any ideas?





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I have got a whole load of skin tags on my vagina and they are spreading and really itchy. I have had a biopsy and std tests and the biopsy showed that they are benign fibro a epithelial polyps. They are really affecting me physically. HELP!!





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I have red rush on my skin.doctor say me to much nervaous.is it true?





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