Skin Tags Overview
A skin tag is a tiny, benign, outpouching of skin that is typically connected
to the underlying skin by a thin stalk. Skin tags look like tiny bits of
"hanging" skin and typically occur in sites where clothing rubs against the skin
or where there is skin-to-skin friction, such as the underarms, neck, upper
chest, and groin.
Skin tags are not present at birth and their frequency increases with age.
Skin tags can be observed in about 25% of adults. Studies have shown a genetic
predisposition to the development of skin tags. Therefore, skin tags can run in
A skin tag is medically termed an acrochordon. Sometimes, other terms have
been used to refer to skin tags. These include soft warts (although they do not
represent true warts), soft fibromas, fibroepithelial polyps (FEP), fibroma
pendulans, and pedunculated fibroma.
Picture of skin tags on the skin
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