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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 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 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.

Hi, recently I noticed I had a skin tag left of my vagina/ labia. It is not painful but I decided to check it out and have noticed I have a fair few but now I'm worried it could be something more sinister and have checked around my anal area and have some around my anus again they are not hurting except when it catches as I wipe, I'm just worried they could not be skin tags and could be HPV. I've checked my symptoms online and compared them to medical pictures and they do look like skin tags but how can I be sure? Am I best seeking advice from my GP just to double check? They are smooth and have stems like a typical skin tag has been described and I do have one user my left breast that I have compared it with.





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Go to the GP

The only other possibility there is, is genital warts, however if you also have them under your breasts then it's highly likely that they are indeed just skin tags.

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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