One Skin Tag Too Many?

by Rachel on October 15, 2010

Is that little skin tag hanging from your eyelid a source of irritation to you? What about the two or three in the area of your underarm? How many skin tags are too many? Are they a threat to your health? If you have them does that mean you have some kind of strange disease?

Oh, by the way, you might be wondering what a skin tag actually is. You may have some idea if you have one or more of them somewhere on your body. On the other hand, if you’re like most people, you might mix up warts and moles with skin tags.

People get these confused all the time. It’s important to know the difference because each of these skin disorders responds to different treatments.

Skin tags are tiny skin growths or tumors that are connected to the body’s skin by a kind of stretchy skin stalk. They go by the scientific names of cutaneous papilloma and acrochordons.

Some are quite tiny and some can be quite large. They are generally benign. The chance of one of them becoming cancerous exists but is remote. You have a much greater chance of a mole, for example, becoming malignant than a skin tag.

They are also not contagious, like warts. Warts are the result of the human papilloma virus (HPV), and infection can occur through any tiny crack in dry or damaged skin. One way to avoid plantar warts, for instance, is to not walk barefoot in public swimming pool or shower areas.

Though largely harmless, skin tags can cause discomfort or pain when situated in parts of the body where friction and rubbing is commonplace. Eyelids, neck, underarms, the groin and anal areas lend themselves to the development of skin tags. Pregnancy, obesity, and genetics can also play a role in the development of skin tags.

Skin tags can sometimes tear or be shaved off, causing pain. Even slight, barely noticeable tears can leave your skin vulnerable to entry by viruses, germs, or bacteria.

Add to this their lack of visual appeal, and it is easy to understand why many persons choose to have them removed. Most people would prefer to have nice, smooth skin, don’t you agree?

It was always believed that surgical procedures (burning, freezing, cutting, scooping out, and so on) performed by dermatologists and doctors were the only realistic option. Unless malignancy was a threat, however, these procedures would be considered cosmetic and typically not covered by health insurance plans.

Surgery, and its many possible complications (pain, infection, scarring, damage to surrounding skin) and costliness, should always be a last resort if safer, less expensive  alternatives are available.

Happily, along with a growing scientific and holistic understanding of the human body and skin, we are better able to understand why things go wrong with our skin and how we can correct those skin disorders without inflicting pain or damaging the skin surrounding the affected areas.

It is to your benefit to learn more about your skin condition so that you can make the best decisions that will allow you to have smooth, beautiful skin. If you want to perform skin tag removal, for example, there are natural treatments such as essential oils that can remove them without having to endure the many negatives of surgery.

Melanie Belles’s?writings focus?on how to practice daily?natural skin care and how to remove warts, moles, and skin tags using natural treatments. Her?detailed beat eczema review of the popular eBook is an example of the kind of useful and incisive information Melanie?provides regularly to?her readers.

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