10 Home Remedies To Remove Skin Tags
What is a Skin Tag?
Skin tags are known by many names such as acrochordon, cutaneous papilloma, fibroepithelial polyp, soft fibroma, Templeton skin tag. A skin tag is a small flap or a piece of hanging skin. Even though they are non-cancerous, they are still annoying to have and not very aesthetically pleasing. The skin tag itself is composed of nerves, fat cells, fibers, ducts, and an epidermis covering. Because of this they usually do not fall off. They are pretty common and it is said that almost everyone will develop one at once in their lifetime. So if you have one you’re in pretty good company. In fact, the National Institutes of Health has found that around 46% of people have skin tags.
What causes a Skin Tag?
Certain people are more susceptible to skin tags than others. But a lot of dermatologists believe that skin tags are mainly caused by the rubbing of the skin. People who are overweight or obese are more likely to develop skin tags. This is mainly due to the fact skin tags usually occurs in skin folds and creases. Pregnant women are also likely to get skin tags, as well as people who have diabetes. People with HPV also have a higher probability of having skin tags and vice versa. Skin tags are also associated with the following: illegal steroid use, Polycystic ovary syndrome, Birt-Hogg-Dube syndrome, or genetics.
How to get Rid of Skin Tags?
If the idea of having your skin tag burned off, frozen off with a probe, or having the blood supply to the skin tag stopped, or being cut out is too scary there are alternatives.
1- Use wart-removal solutions –
These can be bought at the pharmacy. Some examples of the more popular options include Dr. Scholls Freeze Away, Terrasil Wart Treatment, and H-Warts Formula. These treatments freeze the skin tag within 7 to 10 days.
2- Cut off the skin tag –
If the skin tag is small enough you could try scratching it off. If it’s too big to scratch off you could still use a pair of scissors, scalpel, or a nail clipper to remove it. But this can cause the area to become infections. Make use to properly clean everything before you being and after you finish. A good idea would be to use hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, boiling water to clean the utensils before use. It’s also a good idea to disinfect the area beforehand and numbing it with ice cubes. After the cut is done properly clean the area and apply pressure to stop the blood. Use salt to prevent infection if needed.
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