Skin Tag

What problems do skin tags cause?

Aside from their cosmetic appearance, skin tags generally cause no symptoms except when they become irritated because frictional forces on the neck by the collar arm pit or in the groin. Cosmetic concern is a common reason for their removal. Occasionally, a tag may require removal because it has become irritated and red from bleeding (hemorrhage) or black from twisting and death of the skin tissue (necrosis). Sometimes, they may become snagged by clothing, jewelry, pets, or seat belts, causing pain or discomfort. Overall, these are very benign growths that have no cancer (malignant) potential.

Occasionally, a tag may spontaneously fall off without any pain or discomfort. This may occur after the tag has twisted on itself at the stalk base, interrupting the blood flow to the tag.

Reviewed on 1/28/2015


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