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Skin is the largest organ and the softest tissue in a human body. It does not remain the way it used to be when you were a child. These would be points that everyone is aware of or learns and realizes with the passing time. As bodily changes occur, the ones on the skin would bother people the most. There are chances for several skin conditions or diseases to hit you as you grow. While some originate out of the unhealthy maintenance of an individual’s skin, many others are the result of the metabolic changes within a body. One such condition is skin tags, which keeps multiplying. Even though almost half of all adults get affected by skin tags, not many know its causes and removal remedies.
What is a Skin Tag?
Skin tag is a harmless, small tag on the skin that has no medical complications. It may have a peduncle like that of a piece of hanging soft skin. These tags can appear on any part of the body, and doctors usually recommend the removal of tags that are likely to cause pain or rub against clothes. They form a group on the skin surface and starts protruding slowly. Eyelids, upper chest, skin folds, beneath the breasts, and groin are the spots where they appear the most. Constant pressure can lead to bursting of large skin tags. The growth is formed from nerve cells and fat cells, with a core of fibers and ducts. The size of skin tags range from 2mm to 5cm, and they have a brownish color.
- Skin tags are more likely to occur in times of pregnancy, especially in the ones with obesity and diabetes.
- Skin rubbing against skin can cause this.
- When thick pieces of skin capture blood vessels and clumps of collagen.
Treatment and Remedies
When the tags are large, near the eyes or genitals, and causing a lot of pain, you should consult a skin tag removal specialist. The doctors use techniques such as cauterization, cryotherapy, ligation, and excision to remove the growth.
In case the tags have not affected you severely, home remedies would do the job fine.
- Skin tag removal cream
In most cases, the one-time application will work efficiently and make the tag fall in 2-3 weeks. You can get kits from pharmacies with both an applicator and a cream (tube). Some creams have necessitated cleaning the skin before its application. Alcohol wipes are recommended for the cleaning purpose since it can absorb all the dirt from the tag.
2. Tag removal device
Cutting the supply of blood to the tag’s base can bring up the chances of it falling off in less than ten days. The medical term for this removal is ligation.
A string or floss can be used to remove the tag, but it could cause more pain if not done correctly. Clean the skin before doing so, and also is best to remove it with someone else’s help.
4. Tea tree oil
Many skin conditions have been healed by tea tree oil, but you should be extremely careful while using it. Although skin tags can be removed using the oil (fixing a piece of cotton soaked in the oil on the area affected by tags), it is not recommended to the ones with sensitive skin. Also, it shouldn’t be used for removing the tags appearing around the eyes or on the eyelids.
Skin tags are benign growths from the surface of the skin that have a color similar to that of flesh. When the protuberance is severe, and at spots near eyes or genitals, it’s best to get the appropriate treatment from health centers rather than relying on the home remedies.