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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 have a large skin tag on the outside of my anal passage as well as several medium sized ones. They seem to be getting bigger. It means my animal passage isn't fully closed and can leak as well as bleed and cause lots of irritation on my skin as I have both exzma and physoriasis. This causes the bum to split above my anal passage straight up. I went to my doctors who referred me to the hospital who also found an anal Fischer. They referred me back to my doctors as the no longer do the op due to it being classed as cosmetic. They filled in a form for funding without looking at it and I have now been declined for funding. It is causing me to become depressed and having a big impact on my sex like as I am too embarrassed about it. It also causes discomfort when sitting down for long periods and determined what underwear, clothing I can wear. I don't know what I can do as they have quoted 1500 for private opp :-(





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I have skin tags on my neck they have started to itch





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I had a small skin tag like growth about 12 years back. It was right below my under arm however over 12 years it grew real big like almost 2 inches now it is like a layered cauli flower thing hanging under the arm painless but skin color soft dougy Does anyone else also has one like this just wana know it has been the same color over years and other then size nothing changed and does not bother me either





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I have a skin tag on my eyelid but nurse practitioner told me aat my doctors surgery that my GP may not remove it as its through the NHS and its cosmetic. I hope so because where it is its irritating and i keep rubbing it when i rub my eye, it is sore. I cannot afford to go private.





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I have lots of skin tags on my neck so I won't wear t shirts in summer cause they are embarrassing, I went to my GP but he said that they don't remove them anymore and I would have to pay to have them removed but because of how many I have this would be very expensive for me and I'm getting fed up of wearing scarves and tops with collars to hide them. Is there any creams or anything I can use to remove the at home without having to tie them off, I don't fancy that.





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Hello Susan - I had a very large number of skin tags removed by Thermology at Remedies in Exeter. All the skin tags were removed in about 30 minutes. I paid £50. I am thrilled that the skin tags have all gone, there is no scaring and the quality of care and treatment was professional.

Thank you for the info Phil I will inquire nearer to my home town to see if there are any clinics that do Thermology.

I have had an unsightly skin tag for some time now and it has never caused me any problems and has always been my normal skin colour. However I have just noticed tonight that it is very swollen and is a reddish purple colour and slightly sensitive to touch. Have I got anything to worry about? Emma





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It's about my husband. A few year back I saw my husband right foot just red and I asked him about it and he said it's not to worry about but I was worry then as time go buy I saw some little things come up and it get worst know is the two feet please help us I don't want to lost my hubby





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Tied off skin tag yesterday on my leg now its a little swollen and looks like its got liquid inside. Should I go doctors?





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Ive had sex before but i have skin attached below that hangs slightly. What does that mean?





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I recently found a skin tag on my clitoris it makes it more sensitive and just touching it is fairly unbearable what should I do





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