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Skin Tags - How to Remove Acrochordon at Home

Author: Disabled World : Contact: Disabled World

Published: 2009-06-24 : (Rev. 2016-12-02)

Synopsis and Key Points:

A number of suggestions on ways to remove skin tags using home remedies and household products.

Main Digest

An acrochordon (plural acrochorda, and also known as a cutaneous skin tag, skin tag, fibroepithelial polyp, cutaneous papilloma, fibroma molluscum, fibroma pendulum, papilloma colli, or soft fibroma, is a small benign tumor that forms primarily in areas where the skin forms creases, such as the neck, armpit, and groin and looks like a small piece of hanging skin.

Skin tags are not skin cancers and cannot turn into skin cancers. Skin tags are often described as bits of skin or flesh-colored tissue that projects from the surrounding skin from a small, narrow stalk. They can be skin color, or darker and can range from 1mm to 5mm in size. Both men and women tend to get skin tags as they age. Skin tags are also more common in pregnant women, obese people, and people with type 2 diabetes mellitus. About 46% of people develop skin tags at some point in their lives.

A number of medical procedures are also used for skin tag removal, freezing, burning, and cutting off with scissors are the commonly used medical methods for removing skin tags. While skin tags are harmless and do not cause any annoying symptoms, many people who have them prefer to remove skin tags for cosmetic reasons.

Home Remedies for Removing Skin Tags

Medical Removal of Skin Tags

If removal is desired or warranted, a dermatologist or similarly trained professional may use cauterization, cryosurgery, surgical ligation or excision to remove the acrochorda.

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