Velocity Care shares information about skin tags and common ways to remove them
Skin tags are small, benign growths that generally cause no pain or discomfort. They are, however, annoying and can occur anywhere on the body. The most common areas skin tags appear are on the neck and armpits; they are thought to develop on areas of the body where skin tends to rub together or against your clothing.
There are different removal options for skin tags. Generally, dermatologists, family physicians and internal medicine physicians treat skin tags, but there are home-removal methods as well.
Here are different home and medical treatment options for skin tag removal:
- Tie off the tag with string.
You can tie off a skin tag with a string or dental floss. Be sure to tie the tag off at its narrow base. The tag will usually fall off after a few days.
- Freeze the tag with liquid nitrogen.
Liquid nitrogen is nitrogen at an extremely cold temperature, allowing it to exist in liquid form. This is one of the most common methods doctors use to remove skin tags.
- Burn the tag with electrocautery.
Electrocautery is a process in which a direct or alternating current passes through a metal wire, generating heat. This option is only available to you through your physician’s office.
Risks for freezing or burning skin tags include temporary skin discoloration, need for additional treatment or failure to remove the skin tag.
- Remove the tag with scissors.
Removing the tag with sterilized scissors offers immediate results, but will cause minor bleeding.
Do not use unapproved products for the removal of skin tags like wart removers, nail polish, toothpaste or hair-removal creams. There are no approved removal creams for skin tags, so it’s best to see a doctor before deciding the best way to remove your skin tag.
If you’re ready to remove your skin tag, contact a Velocity Care Urgent Treatment Center near you. You can visit any of our convenient walk-in locations with little to no wait.
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