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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'm 15 years old and I think I have a skin tag on my eyeLos and the doctors say they can't remove it because it is near my eye I was wondering if there was anything i could do to remove it at home any home remedies?





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I have skin tags around my vagina and anus, I went to the gp and they can't remove these? I don't know what else to do as they are in an awkward place. Where can I go, or what can I do :(





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Hi Emma I have massive skin tags on my bum. I am in so much pain with them, can't sit down with out them hurting or going to the loo. We were led to believe they were piles. Until I saw a surgeon he confirmed they were skin tags with fissures. I have literally just left hospital tonight. I have been given bottox and something packed in my bum that will dissolve to help the fissures heal along with some more cream Ditlizan. (Think that is the spelling) The surgeon is keen to get them to heal, then he is going to remove the largest one to make me more comfortable. So don't give up insist that you get referred to see a specialist. I was told there is no easy cure to these they could grow back, But these had become so painful that they were affecting my life.

I have this same problem I hate it so much I want to get rid of these things but I'm too embarrassed to reach out. After seeing that I'm not the only one with this problem I feel that I might have the courage to now. Thanks for posting. I hope you are able to get this problem resolved. Jw, have you had them since you were little? I have I know I remember wondering about it when I was younger but now that I'm the age where I might want to be intimate with another person it's become a huge deal for me.

I have had skin tags on my neck since my 20s. I'm 43 now and have noticed just recently that they and the skin between them have started getting crusty and dark in colour and can sometimes be rather sore. Should I see my 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 had the same response from my Doctor. I have 5 tags in a line on my back which catch constantly on my bra. The annoying thing is the procedure to remove them is very quick ie freezing and cutting them off but the NHS class this as cosmetic rather than a necessary procedure.

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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