Causes And Treatments Of Skin Tags

Causes And Treatments Of Skin Tags

Have you ever seen someone with skin growths, the type that makes you stare? Before you know it you are taking precaution by moving away lest it is contagious. Relax, and take a deep breath, skin tags are not contagious.  In fact most people who contract them gets them because of obesity, through it being hereditary and because they may be diabetic.

Several studies that have been conducted over the years have concluded that the main cause of skin tags in obesity. Why? When the skin rubs together on itself causing friction, the growths appear. They more often than not, appear in areas of the body where the flesh folds, like under the arms, neck, genitals and the groin. Some women get them under their breasts. They also appear on the eyelids. It is still not ascertained as to the scientific reasons behind contracting this. Research seems inconclusive.

Skin tags are professionally diagnosed, and are based heavily on the appearance of the growth. If there are abnormalities that raise your suspicion, seek the attention of a medical physician, who will perform a biopsy and send it to the lab for testing. Although not cancerous, it is prudent to be certain so that the necessary precautions can be taken before it is too late.

As many as 50-100 skin tags can be found on the human body when affected. They are dark in color and are relatively painless. They are not known to benign and maybe this is the reason why there isn’t any rush to obtain more information on the real causes. Skin tags protrude from the skin and sometimes have a short, narrow stalk connecting it to the skin. Adults over the age of 40 are also likely candidates.

Treatment for skin tags is not typically necessary unless they are aggravated, or if the affected person finds it uncomfortable, and as a result, would want them removed.  These growths do not cause any pain, except if it is irritated by the material you are wearing. If at all they itch, from irritants such as shaving creams, do not scratch them as this may result in hemorrhaging. It is imperative that, you visit your doctor so that they can have them removed. They can be removed by surgery, freezing, or by searing the growth. Skin tags may also fall off by themselves if twisting occurs due to normal day to day activity.

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