How to Remove Skin Tags

By: peterhutch
A skin tag, medically known as a cutaneous papilloma or an acrochordon, is merely a small sliver of skin, a benign skin tumor larger and generally flatter than a wart. Except for those tags which hang by stalks (peduncles) like earrings and give the appearance of melting skin, tags make it look as if the victim is growing soft, fleshy scales.

You can clean them either by soaking them in a sanitizer (the kind you clean yourself with, not your house) or putting them in fire for a minute or so. Just be sure to let them cool first if you put them in fire. You can clip off the skin tags with small scissors, but you may find it easier to use nail clippers. Simply snip the tag off at the bottom near the healthy skin.

Getting rid of skin tags with a scalpel or scissors is a common and easy way to get rid of skin tags at home. Make sure the blade you use is sharp and sanitized (use an open flame, rubbing alcohol, or hydrogen peroxide), and cut as quickly and closely to the healthy skin as you can. Some bleeding may occur, but shouldn't last for more than a minute.

There is also an old-fashioned approach to skin-tag removal: "I had a rather large one on the side of my neck. My dermatologist said to just ignore it. Soon after, I mentioned to a friend (an orthopedic doctor) how much I hated it, and he promptly tied and knotted a piece of thread around it and cut the ends off real close. You couldn't even see it. He said that would shut off the blood supply to the tag and it would fall off very quickly. It was gone in three days."

To get rid of most skin tags, you can safely remove them at home by using a pair of sharp, sanitized nail clippers. (Skin tags that are located on the eyelids should only be removed by a medical professional.) Make sure that you dab some rubbing alcohol on the skin tags first with a clean cotton ball. Also, rub some alcohol on the blades of the clippers before you begin. If you're worried about pain, rub an ice cube on the skin tag to numb the area beforehand.

Cyrotherapy

This describes the freezing of skin tags and remove them. This is often done using ligation and application of liquid nitrogen. Basically, a suture/copper wire is wrapped around the peduncle or stalk before freezing the skin tags. At times, the dermatologist may use forceps instead. But bear in mind that while this method is effective, there is always the risk of suffering from dsychromic lesions if the dermatologist is not careful.

The skin-tag may be frozen with liquid nitrogen but will require several visits to the doctor's office. Liquid nitrogen is applied directly to the skin-tag in order to freeze the growth and destroy the tissue. This procedure is very painful and in some cases requires that an injection of Lidocaine to numb the area before the freezing procedure can begin. The numbing treatment sometime hurts as much as the freezing.
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