Skin tags are harmless skin growths, moles or soft warts that are usually found on the face, neck, chest, back and armpits. Skin tags are more common in women than men.
What Are Skin Tags?
A skin tag, or acrochordon, are harmless tumors that usually form in skin creases, such as on the face, neck and armpits. Skin tags in the armpits can be a sign of insulin resistance in menopausal women or women diagnosed with diabetes or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).
What Causes Skin Tags?
Skin tags can be caused by friction from clothes rubbing against the skin. Studies show increased blood sugar is linked to an increased incidence in skin tags. Genetics (family link) can cause increased skin tags on the face. Age is also a factor in the growth of skin tags.
Can Skin Tags Cause Cancer?
Skin tags are not cancerous, but you should consult with your doctor if a skin tag is firm, changes shape or size, bleeds, or changes color. Be aware that some skin tags may grow larger as you age.
What is the Treatment for Skin Tags?
Skin tags are benign (harmless) so treatment is not necessary. Skin tags are easily removed if they become too unsightly. Skin tags should only be removed surgically if they are disturbing to the patient. Home remedies include tying off the skin tag stalk with dental floss and waiting for it to fall off.
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