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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've got what looks like a skin tag on my clitoris, yes, actually on my clitoris. It is uncomfortable when touched. Appeared three or four months ago. Is this something to be concerned about?





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There is a connection between skin tags and insulin resistance. If you have skin tags, get checked by a doctor. You may be a pre-diabetic and a type 2 diabetic already.





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I went to get 2 frozen off and they're still there!





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hope mine go. was yours sore?

It wasn't sore but after it was a bit stingy.

my doctor has frozen my skin tags near my vagina but the area around them has swollen and sore is this normal





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I've got multiple skin tags(20 to 25) under both arms, previously they were harmless but now a days they itch.I also think they are growing in number, As I am heavy in weight (95 kg/ 5'5"/ Male) someone told me this could be due to my large size. My concern is are these something that I need to worry about (e.g: becoming cancerous). I am trying to loose weight but apart from that anything else can I do.





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this is an old wives tail that works.. tie cotton around the skin tag this stops circulation and after few days it drys up and eventually falls off .mypartner as quite a few and i did this to one of his and he was very surprised wen it worked





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I find the best way is to snip them off with a clean pair of nail clippers as it doesn't hurt. I had some that I could only see in the mirror but I cant snip them off because it is impossible to look in the mirror and try and position the clippers in the right way. My GP froze them but I ended up with a 1 cm burn mark for each one (my tags are tiny, smaller than a pin head, it didn't work and it was very painful for about 1 hour after, so I wouldn't recommend this to anyone

I've got 3 little bumps on my penis I think there skin tags not to sure when masturbating I get a burning sensation from them and then I get worried can anyone plz help me I've lost my self of steam I've become really shy whith my surroudings





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My husband has this also, never heard him mention any pain but started as a cluster of wee blister looking spots now his penis is covered in them . Must admit its very unsightly as theres so many. But no chance of him goin to doc so stuck with it :(

Hi, I had a skin tag just above my breast (underneath the bra stip). It feel off after a couple of weeks. Does a skin tag have a root that is left behind and which needs to be removed? Or can I now forget about it. Should I still see a GP and show her the mark that is left from the skin tag? thanks! Kate





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Can you use very hair removal cream on an area that has a skin tag. I have a couple in my arm pit and I can shave them properly because the skin tags obviously.





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I asked my gp to to remove two skin tags. She said no, as its deemmed as cosmetic. Cut backs?





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Hi Grahame. I have skin tags too and I was told its cosmetic but if the skin tags are itchy and annoying and not in an area that can be seen ie just under your breast bone and you don't wear swimwear and you don't sunbathe then surely it's a medical procedure





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