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A Guide To Skin Tags Removal

Author : Mario Cora

As a sufferer from unsightly skin tags I know how self conscious they can make you. Not only they are unsightly they can get irritated and become painful at times. There are many remedies for these little nuisance. Skin tags removal can be done at home or by a physician.

Acrochordons or skin tags are caused by friction of the skin. They are not tumors and have no outcome of cancer so it is not common for them to be biopsied. These skin irritations are also not contagious. On occasion they can become sore and red and if this is the case simply waiting a few days will generally allow the to either heal or fall off on their own. There may be a time though that you wish to have them removed by a physician if they continue to bother you beyond the cosmetic appearance.

They can occur with just about any person although generally found in persons that are middle age. Approaching the age of 60 and over they become even more common. Being overweight will also increase the occurrence of skin tags. It is not nearly as likely to find them in young children, but can occur on occasion.

The cost of having them removed by a doctor can get rather expensive especially if it is not covered by insurance, which is often the case as it is a cosmetic condition. Freezing the skin tag is a common practice in a physicians office which will include having the area numbed by a local anesthetic. Once frozen a scalpel is used to cut the tag off. If you have any discomfort about needles that will be the most difficult part of the procedure.

Another medical treatment done in a physicians office is electric cautery. This is not a painful treatment but can render itself not effective the first time around. Can require multiple treatments to be thoroughly effective. As with freezing the side effect is often a temporary discoloration of the effected area. Occasional scarring may occur as well.

Home remedy options are available. One of these options is to cut the skin tag with scissors. This may cause a little bleeding at the site of removal, however, is very effective and cost efficient. Take the extra step to sterilize the scissors if you choose to use this method.

Utilizing that dental floss you have laying around or a simple piece of sewing thread is yet another affordable option. This is accomplished by tying the thread around the base of the tag and leaving it on for a couple of days. This causes the tag to dry up and fall off. This method may cause a little irritation at first but is pretty painless in the long run. You can also tie it off first and then use the scissor method.

A little more expensive but very effective is a topical treatment. These are available without prescription. As with wart removers it may take a couple of applications of the topical ointment to effectively remove the tag. There are different brands available. Regardless of the method you choose to utilize, after a short period of time you can be free of the unsightly skin tags. They may occur in other areas, however, you now have the options available that allow you the opportunity to not feel self conscious when it comes to these little nuisances.

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