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The Types Of Skin Tag Remedies

Author : Mario Cora

Skin tags are common skin growths that look like small pieces of hanging skin. They are not harmful and are considered to be benign. Some individuals develop them more frequently than others, and they are most frequent in the overweight and obese. When unsightly or if infected or painful, skin tag remedies exist that can solve the problem. These include freezing, burning, cutting, or tying the problem growth. The method used can be decided by the individual but certain options must only be performed by a medical professional.

The initial development of these excess skin pieces is linked to heredity and weight, among other factors. Males and females develop them with an equal likelihood. However, being overweight increases chances of having them considerably.

Some can fall off on their own without an individual knowing that they ever existed. However, this is not often the case. Usually they remain once they fully develop, which can happen at any location on the body. However, the most commonly afflicted areas are the armpits and neck. Other commonly affected areas are the upper chest and the eyelid. Generally, formations are thought to occur in any areas that are exposed to constant friction.

Removal of a skin tag will not cause more to take its place or develop. Any form of removal will not cause spreading of the condition. Similarly, they are not capable of being transmitted between individuals either. They are not contagious, unlike warts.

Formation of these small hanging areas is generally a cosmetic problem. Usually they do not create physical discomfort. Because of this, cosmetic removal is the most common reason for removal. However, they can cause symptoms if they are irritated by the rubbing of clothing or become caught in zippers. This irritation may lead to bleeding or necrosis in the most serious cases. These will then require removing. Some individuals will need to remove tags yearly or even more often for relief.

When they become bothersome, several treatment options exist to eliminate these growths. The best one depends on personal preference. A possibility is to take a piece of string or a portion of dental floss and attach it to the base. Tying a tight knot will cut off the blood supply and cause the tag to drop off in a few days. This can be done at home without supervision. Cutting of the growth is another option, and can be done either using an anesthetic or not using one.

Doctors can treat troublesome growth with liquid nitrogen. This will effectively freeze it, but may also cause a temporary discoloration of surrounding skin. Another option is using electric cautery to burn it off. This is also a job of a professional. Internal medicine physicians, family doctors, and dermatologists all are qualified to carry out these treatments. When working with areas with a lot of tags, or with exceptionally large ones, they will often apply a topical anesthesia beforehand.

Skin tag remedies exist for those who desire their removal. Typically the main problem they cause is an aesthetic one, however, sometimes they can bleed or become infected. When removal is desired, there are many different ways to accomplish this goal. Tying off a growth with floss is one option that can be done at home. Burning, freezing, and cutting can be performed in a doctors office and with topical anesthesia if desired.

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