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An Overview Of Skin Tags And Skin Tags Removal Options

Author : Mario Cora

There are many terms used to describe skin tags, including fibroepithelial polyps, fibroma, cutaneous tag and acrochordon (acrochorda in the plural). It is estimated that nearly half the population is affected at one time or another in their lifetimes. Luckily, these growth are benign, and many options now exist for skin tags removal.

Since most growths appear in creases, such as armpits, groin, neck, and under the breasts, it is believed that they are caused by the flesh rubbing together. They also often appear on eyelids. Although the acrochordon may affect anyone at any time, obese people are more prone to develop acrochorda, probably because they have more fleshy folds. They are also more common in pregnant females, though these usually disappear a few months after pregnancy. People with Type 2 diabetes are also more prone to develop these tags.

The use of illegal steroids is also believed to be linked to the development of these polyps as steroids cause a bonding of collagen fibers. Age and heredity have also been linked to the development of these growths. While children may develop them, they are more commonly seen in middle-aged and older people. Some also believe that microorganisms may cause these growths, such as the wart virus. Because of their harmless nature, they have not been made a priority for scientific research, so the specific causes remain largely unknown.

The growths are generally flesh colored, but can be darker in some instances. They will have varying sizes and shapes, though are generally the size of a grain of rice. They grow gradually, starting out small. Though unusual, some may be as large as a grape. In larger tags, pressure could cause them to burst, but this is also unusual. Most often they appear as pieces of hanging flesh.

Though some medical providers may order a biopsy, diagnosis is generally made based on their appearance. Though usually painless, if the acrochordon is constantly rubbing, such as between the legs, they can become irritated. They can also get pulled by jewelry, seatbelts or clothing. While they are generally considered harmless, they can be annoying and embarrassing.

While harmless, these growths can become irritated or be unsightly and embarrassing. While some tags may simply fall off, this is generally not the case. There are now many options for removal. There are medical procedures which include cutting, freezing or burning. Acrochorda on the eyelids can prove more problematic for this type of removal.

There are many remedies available for purchase by consumers for at home use as well. Before making the investment, check to see if there are doctor recommendations for the product, as well as checking for consumer reviews. It is also wise to purchase products offering money back guarantees.

There are no known options for preventing these types of growths. Once removed, they may also grow back again, so the removal process may require some repetition. If opting for medical treatment, this may become an expensive, life long and time consuming option. Skin tags removal is a simple procedure with many at-home remedies to choose from. If you are bothered by these growths, you can easily rectify the problem.

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