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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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Before my period I became really dry and itchy around my vagina and anus and scratched the area quite a bit. Im now on my period and have noticed a cluster of skin tag like spots around my anus and another on my outer labia near that area. They've only appeared in last few days and I'm freaking out. Help.





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Before my period I became really dry and itchy around my vagina and anus and scratched the area quite a bit. Im now on my period and have noticed a cluster of skin tag like spots around my anus and another on my outer labia near that area. They've only appeared in last few days and I'm freaking out. Help.





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I have a skin tag on the entrance of my vagina. It has been there a couple of months but it keeps getting bigger. It is now causing me pain as when I have sex it rubs, what do I do? Do I remove it myself?





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I noticed a skin tag by my vulva area will these fall off or will I have to get it treated and can you still have intercourse's or will it effect it ??





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i am 17 years old i have skin tags in my inner vagina on the lower part of my vagina lips. I am scared and it is very irritating and it itchess very bad !!! Someone help me what can i do ?





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I have exactly the same and I am 17 too! It is freaking me out and I want answers too

My 4 year old daughter has a skin tag actually inside the entrance to her vagina and it actually hangs out the entrance. It's been there since birth and has been growing ever since. I took her to the GP who refered her to the hospital but they were reluctant to do anything. But it causes her discomfort and itchiness and even sometimes she's been getting a lot of discharge but I don't know if this is related. I don't want it to cause her problems either as she gets older. Is there any advice the EB doctors can give me?





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I am a bit concerned...right 'in' my vagina there are 3 small triangle like triangle flat skin flaps. (They are the size of half a pinky nail) It looks like large needles on a plant. It is the same color as the center of the vagina. It doesn't hurt or feel irritated, unless it is pulled on. If it helps I am 24, weight 107, 5 ft 4in. Never been pregnant, I don't smoke, or drink alcohol. I was sexually assaulted & raped. I went right away to get a shot just incase that guy infected me with a germ/virus. Tests were negative. Thank god. Please help! I am scared, please help. I don't want to go to a doctor because that is a very personal area, Please help!





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Ive been told by my dr that I have a couple of skin tags on my vulva and one at the entrance to my vagina. She said that they do not remove them commonly as its a cosmetic thing, is there anything I can do to remove them naturally?





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I have what look like skin tags around the opening of my vagina which has come along with itchyness and a bad smell can anyone help me??





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Hi I am 28 weeks pregnant & have found what I thought was a skin tag beside the opening of my vagina but now I'm thinking could it be a wart? Can you get skin tags in that area?





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