Q-1 What are Skin Tags?
Skin tags (acrochordons) are characterized as small flesh-coloured or brown lumps that swing off the skin and look like warts. They are a very common and but harmless skin concern. They hugely vary in size from a few millimetres up to 5 cm wide. They are usually found on the neck region, armpits, around the genitals, or under the breasts. They tend to grow on the eyelids and also under the folds of the buttocks.
Q-2 Why skin tags occur?
Anyone can develop skin tags, but they are more common in older people and people with diabetes. Pregnant women are more likely to get affected with skin tags, caused by the fluctuations in their hormone levels. Some people develop them for no apparent reason. Skin tags tend to get infected where skin rubs against the skin or clothing, explaining why it affects overweight people or children who have excess folds of skin and skin chafing.
Q-3 Can skin tags be a problem?
Skin tags don't affect our health and don't usually cause any kind of pain or discomfort. However, one may want to consider getting them removed if they are-
a) Looking unsightly and affect your self-esteem.
b) If they snag on clothing or jewellery and bleed.
Q-4) What are the ways to remove skin tags?
Ans- Electrofulguration and electrodesiccation with Hyfrecator. Please do not attempt to remove large skin tags yourself or with caustic home remedies because they can bleed heavily.
Q-5) Whether I have a skin tag or wart?
Ans The main difference between a skin tag and a wart is that skin tags are smooth and soft, whereas warts are rough with an irregular surface.
Skin tags are knobbly and hang off the skin, whereas warts are usually flat. Skin tags are not contagious, but warts are likely to spread very easily, so a sudden burst or cluster of growths is more likely to be warts.
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