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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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Hi, I'm 21 and iv recently noticed what seems to be skin tags when I pull my foreskin back on my penis, after reading forums on the internet I'm worried it could be something else, I don't fancy A trip to the doctors





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I am 18 years old and i have found a skin tag near my clit on my vaginal area and i am wondering should i be worried because i have had it a good few months now. It isn't sore i cant feel it and isn't irretating. I would just like to know is it ok as i dont want to go to my gp!





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I have had a few skin tags sinve 2004 and have went to the gynecologist to have them removed. In 2007 I had a few more return so of course went back to doctor to have them removed. Since then my paps smears have came back abnormal which I followed up with a colposcpy and biopsies. This has went on for years... I've had precancerous cells that have been removed in the past. So I was referred to a specialist in Chapel Hill over these skin tags because now they have multiplied. ... spoke with them this past week which I found out that I have hpv and apparently have for about 5 years now. My immune system isn't fighting it off like it should. .. so they are referring me to an Oncologist in Chapel Hill to remove these off and to check me out. So this is all a bit nerve racking....so my question is should I be really worried? ?? Any advice would greatly be appreciated! Thanks





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I have spotted some small skin tag looking things in my pubeic area and am concerned if they will affect anything or grow bigger and I wounded if I tried removing them my self would more grow back into there place and would it harm me





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I have multiple skin tags around and inside my virgina. I have had them for a while now. they hang on the outside of virginal i am to embarased to tell my doctor?





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Easy to remove. Get rid of them and forget about them. Find a dermatologist that you will never see again and go get this taken care of. If you cant show a doctor, how can you show your partner!!!?

I had a skin tag on my thigh I did a silly thing and cut it off with scissors now it won't stop bleeding what do I do





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Please be sure they are skin tags. I don't want to scare anyone, but I went to my Dr for skin tags, and it turned out to be HPV. The virus that causes Cervical & ANAL cancer. YOU NEED TO GET IT CHECKED. AND YES, DENTAL FLOSS AND STRING work BUT, THESE HAVE ROOTS, ITS LIKE SHAVING, THEY ARE MOST LIKELY GOING TO GROW BACK IF NOT REMOVED PROPERLY. Ask your Dr for a Rx for Aldara 5% cream the generic is called Imiquimod. It works. You only apply it Twice a week :-). For five wks. Good luck all.





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Tags dont have roots, warts do. Tags will bleed heavily if you rip or cut them off, but they should not "regrow" in the same spot, but you may continue to get them over time..

I just had my first baby and now I have multiple (what look like) skin tags by vagina and on my upper leg. It's very embarrassing and I do not know what to do. One of them just developed right where my underwear lies and is getting very irritated and hurts. I get embarrassed about this things very easily and I don't know how to bring it up to my doctor!





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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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