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Skin Tag

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What is it?

A skin tag is a small tag of skin which may have a peduncle or stalk. Skin tags are also known as an acrochordons, cutaneous papilloma, cutaneous tag, fibro epithelial polyp, fibroma molluscum, fibroma pendulum, soft fibroma, and templeton skin tags.

What are the symptoms?

Skin Tags look like a small pieces of soft hanging skin.

What are the causes?

Skin tags are very common and generally occur after midlife. They are said to be caused by bunches of collagen and blood vessels which are trapped inside thicker bits of skin. They are believed to be the result of skin rubbing against skin. That is why they are generally found in skin creases and folds. Common causes are hyperinsulinemia and inflammation, when the individual is overweight or obese, hormonal change or imbalance (such as pregnancy or sex steroid imbalance) and diseases (such as diabetes and papilloma virus).

What should you avoid?

In order to avoid skin tags, it’s essential to understand why they are happening in the first place. Inevitably, there will be some things that cannot be done to stop getting skin tags, like getting pregnant or ageing. No one can control the genetic factors that are inherited from family members. Steroid intake is one thing to avoid that can help preventing skin tags. Living a poor lifestyle, eating a lot of saturated fats, consuming too much sugar and becoming obese, could be alerting the body. Applying a medicated powder can help to reduce skin-on-skin friction and irritation, as well as keeping the area drier. Wearing tight clothing causes the skin to rub against it constantly; in addition, it won’t be allowing the skin to breathe as easily.

Who is affected?

People who are 60 and above are far more likely to develop tags than younger people. Pregnant women who experience hormonal changes due to oestrogen production, may also develop tags. Similarly, individuals who take steroids will have altered hormones, albeit in an unnatural way, and are prone to skin tags. People who are overweight have more folds of skin and increased chance of sweating and skin-on-skin friction.

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