Most often, skin disorders such as skin tags, do not require a specialist as they can be treated by dermatologists and general practitioners alike. In cases where they are close to the eye or sensitive areas which affect the eye an ophthalmologist may be consulted. Skin tags are found primarily on the neck, armpits and groin or areas where there are folds of skin. These are not the only areas however; it has even appeared on the genitals of both men and women.
Often appearing in adulthood, these become more prevalent as persons get older. The elderly are not the only group vulnerable though as even babies and toddlers have been reported with having skin tags in their underarm and neck regions. Small boys have been known to also have them because of circumcision.
Skin tags come about because of friction with the skin where sections of skin rub against each other or even clothing. It can therefore be seen that the disorder will occur more frequently in overweight or obese people, even when the weight gain is for a short period of time. Another group of persons who may also be at a higher risk of developing skin tags are pregnant women. During pregnancy, the higher levels of hormone in the body make it a possibility.
While there are several options available for the removal, some of these treatment can sometimes be unsuccessful. For example, in freezing off or burning the affected area, leaves the possibility that it may reappear and hence, treatment may need to be repeated. Cauterizing the tags proves to be a more effective method as it not only destroys it but any pending ones beneath the surface of the skin. Treatment is generally expensive though. They may even fall off without actually needing treatment. They get twisted as one carries out their personal care habits or normal day to day activities. If they fall off naturally, it will not bleed.
Generally, the decision to remove the skin tags is entirely up to the person suffering from the condition. For the most part, it has not been established that the removal of it causes them to reoccur. Nonetheless, persons who have had skin tags may find they are more susceptible to developing more in the future.
Skin tags are not benign for the most part. While painless, they are not visually pleasing so persons may want them removed for aesthetic reasons or for their own self confidence.
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