How to Remove Skin Tags
Skin tags are small, soft, skin growths which can occur on any part of the body but are most commonly found on the eyelids, neck, under the armpits, upper chest and groin areas. Almost anyone can develop a skin tag at some point in their life but they tend to be more prevalent among the middle aged and overweight. Skin tags can be distinguished from warts and moles by their shape and coloring. Skin tags are either the same color as the surrounding skin or slightly darker and are attached to the body by a small stalk called a peduncle. Although skin tags are benign and carry no health risks they can be unsightly and doctors are commonly asked how to remove skin tags.
If you choose to visit your doctor or dermatologist (a doctor specializing in skin care), concerning skin tag removal, you will be offered the options of surgical or cryogenic methods of treatment. After being administered a local anesthetic the skin tag will be simply clipped off and an adrenaline stick applied to stop any bleeding. Alternatively the skin tag can be removed using cryogenics. A stick similar to a cotton wool bud injected with a liquid nitrogen solution will be applied directly to the skin tag causing it to drop off.
How To Remove Skin Tags At Home
The ease with which skin tags can be safely and permanently removed makes them ideal for a range of home remedies. We recommend the following gentle homeopathic TagAway treatment as shown below.
Other than that, the most common method of self removal is by simply snipping them off with either a pair of scissors or nail clippers, where this is possible, of course. If you are considering this it is important to minimize the risk of infection. Only use very sharp scissors and thoroughly clean the area before and after treatment with an antibacteriological cleaner. You may experience a small amount of pain as you cut the peduncle, sometimes likened to a pinch, and suffer a small amount of bleeding which will soon stop.
How To Remove Skin Tags By Tyeing
Another common home treatment for skin tags is by removal of the blood supply which causes it to shrivel and fall off with time. Tightly tie a thin cord, cotton or dental floss are commonly used, around the base of the peduncle. Within several days to one week the skin tag will begin to turn black, dry out and shrivel in size until if finally falls off. Which method is right for you is a matter of personal choice, perhaps influenced by the location of the skin tag.
Other methods of home skin tag removal include oil and commercial cream based systems such as tea tree oil and creams intended for wart or mole removal, but you should remember that there are currently no cream based systems approved for use in skin tag removal.
Although skin tags are benign and are no threat to our general health, they are an unsightly, unnecessary skin condition and most people will want remove them. The widespread ease and availability of methods of skin tag removal means that most people will have the ability to safely know how to remove skin tags.
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