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How to Remove Skin Tags at Home
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Treatment of skin tags is only indicated if they are disturbing to the patient. Treatment involves surgical removal of the skin tags.
Are there Home Remedies for Skin Tags?
Self-treatments are sometimes used, including tying off the small tag stalk with a piece of thread or dental floss and allowing the tag to fall off over several days.
What Is the Treatment for Skin Tags?
Removal of the skin tags by a healthcare practitioner is the established treatment for skin tags that are irritating or pose cosmetic problems.
Are there Medications for Skin Tags?
Medications have no role in the treatment of skin tags.
What Is the Surgery for Skin Tags?
Removal of skin tags can be accomplished by cutting with a blade or scissors, freezing with liquid nitrogen, or using electrocautery (burning). Removal is done in the doctor's office.
Local anesthesia (such as with injections or lidocaine or application of a topical anesthesia cream) may be indicated before the removal of larger skin tags. Tiny skin tags can typically be removed without anesthesia.
What Are the Next Steps for Skin Tags Treatment?
Removal of skin tags is curative, although the individual may develop more skin tags at a later time.
What Is the Follow-up for Skin Tags?
For removal of typical skin tags, no follow-up examination is necessary other than routine medical care and examinations.
How Can We Prevent Skin Tags?
It is not possible to completely prevent the development of skin tags, although weight loss may be helpful in this regard.
What is the Outlook for Skin Tags?
Skin tag removal is curative, but individuals who tend to develop skin tags will likely develop more over time. Further procedures may be necessary should removal of future skin tags be desired.
Medically reviewed by Norman Levine, MD; American Board of Dermatology
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/29/2016
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