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Dr Pixie:

Loads of you are worried about skin tags and literally all a skin tag is is a tag of skin. So, a piece of skin that is protruding from the surface. We very typically find them in areas of friction so that’s why they crop up under the armpits, the back of the neck, sometimes under your breasts, under your belly or even on the inner thighs. We do often them see them in people carrying that little bit more weight. The good news is that skin tags are totally safe and benign and if you’ve got one or two or ten it’s perfectly safe to leave them alone.

Lots of you are curious as to how to tell the difference between a skin tag and a wart. Skin tags usually look skin coloured and they simply crop up and grow out of the skin whereas a wart looks kind of like a cauliflower and sits on top of the skin. If you’re in any doubt at all as to which one it is go and see your doctor and get it checked out.

There have been loads of questions about skin tags in the region of the penis and the vaginal area, is this normal? Well, it’s very normal to get skin tags in areas of friction and therefore that you have the on your penis or you may have them on the outside of your vagina is not sinister. I would however strongly advise you to get these checked out as what patients often think are skin tags could actually be the sign of something far more serious, which are genital warts. Genital warts need to be treated by a doctor where as skin tags can very safely be left alone.

Now, I’ve been looking rather worryingly on the website and it seems there’s a lot of DIY doctors out there when it comes to skin tags. Please, please, please do not try to pull your skin tags off or cut them off it is only going to end in disaster. If you really want to have a go then I’d suggest go into the bathroom, pick up some dental floss and tie it round the neck of the skin tag. Very often that means the blood supply is cut off and in a couple of days it will simply fall off. Otherwise, hands off. For those of you who don’t fancy tying dental floss around your skin tags there are other options if they are irritating you or if they are catching in clothes or if they’re bleeding.

If you see your doctor they may advise simply freezing the skin tag. This involves putting liquid nitrogen on the area which basically gives the skin tag frost bite and it falls off. Now, I know that lots of you have reported because I’ve read it on the website that you can simply go in and buy this treatment in the chemist. You can buy it but it’s only used for warts and verrucas. It’s not appropriate to use this method at home for treating skin tags.

Another method that can be used by doctors is they may simply cut the skin tag off. Again, this isn’t a useful method to do at home as very often the skin tag can bleed, so the doctor can then apply a substance to the area to stop the bleeding or it may even need a stitch. And finally, they can be burnt off. Again, this can be done at the GP’s surgery or by a dermatologist.

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Doctor Responses: Skin Tags

In this short video, Dr Pixie answers the most commonly asked questions from the Embarrassing Bodies website about skin tags.

The majority of these questions were taken from the comments section of our skin tags condition guide.

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I hardly think it is comestic! Not the first thing you would be going and shouting about. Fed up of it and looking at methods of removal as it's very embarrassing when being intimate with anyone! I would be freaked out if the other person I was seeing had it! Nhs need to consider how these affect peoples confidence and hygiene before calling it cosmetic!





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I have what looks to be skin tags all over my vigian! Theres so many! It kinda smells odd down there.. But idk if thats just my opinion? I'm 13 years old.. So its not just like i can go to a doctor and i'm scared to tell anyone.. Causvits weird! Got any idea what it could be???!





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I'm 14 and i have a skin-tag on my nipple, how do i get rid of it without hurting?:s





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I am 15 years old, I have a skin tag thing. when i was a baby my mom got it checked out by a doctor but it was little then, now it's a lot bigger. meaning that It's most of the way inside my vagina. sometimes if I have my back strait when I sit down it hurts. I told my mom about it, she said well we might have to get it checked out. but we have no money. (bummer) and I was wondering how to take care of it.





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I'm 17 and I have skin tags in and just out side my vagina and hurt me when I have sex how do I get rid of them ?





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I'm sixteen and recently found a few skin tags around my vaginal area and simply pulled them off and they bled a bit. I thought no more of it but have been worried that I have had more discharge lately and wondered if this is linked and normal. Then I found another skin tag further into my vagina and wondered if there could be more inside where you cannot reach or see and if these will simply go away by themselves if that is the case?





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I'm 25 and had hemroids a few months ago. And in the process I got skin tags as the after effect. Their are about three of them. Most of the time they are in no pain, but sometimes they itch with horrible sensations. Almost impossible to work or do anything else. They also seem to be getting in the way of my sex life because I am gay, and that's the main hole, and it's pretty annoying having to explain it every time I like somebody. Please help me





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Im not Dr and his might not work for everyone and make sure you are 100 percent sure what your talking about is just skin tags. Im also I gay male who about three weeks ago developed two pretty big anal skin tags. I was mortified and thought I wasn't going to be able to have sex again out of embarrassment. After one long night on Google reading up on the dental floss technique (tying floss as tight as you can at the base of the tag) I decided to go for it. I numbed the area with lidocane numbing cream and tied the floss around. Felt slighty odd but nothing to bad. After four days they turned black and fell off, To my surprise I have no scars and my private part look brand new again. Disaster averted! Also there are drs that will lance them off for no more than one or two hundred quid. Search skin tag removal and your location into Google. Chin up. Its easily resolvable x

I am 14 and want to get rid of a skin tag inbetween my thigh and vagina how can I without having to go to the doctors I also have them on my neck, atleast I hope they are skin tags





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 a combination of baking soda and castor oil creates a salve that dries the tissue, allowing the tag to fall off in about two weeks. Combine enough baking soda and castor oil to form a thick paste. Apply the paste to the affected areas three times daily.





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hi i have skin tags ontop of my vaginal area its small and doesnt hurt or anythn.it looks like pimples but its not its soft and doesnt look like a coliflower.i jus discovered one by my anus.should i be worried at all cos i hav had onli one sex partner in my life and im 28.





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