What is a Skin Tag?

Written by
Toby Nelson
Published on
July 13, 2023

A skin tag, medically known as acrochordon, is a small, soft, benign growth that hangs off the skin. Skin tags are typically flesh-colored or slightly darker and often have a narrow stalk connecting them to the skin. They are generally painless and vary in size, ranging from a few millimeters to a few centimeters in diameter.

Skin tags are very common and can occur on any part of the body, although they are most commonly found in areas where there is friction or rubbing, such as the neck, armpits, groin, eyelids, and under the breasts. They are more prevalent in middle-aged and older adults.

While the exact cause of skin tags is unknown, they are believed to be associated with factors such as skin friction, hormonal changes, obesity, and genetic predisposition. Skin tags are generally harmless and don't require treatment unless they cause discomfort, irritation, or cosmetic concerns. In such cases, they can be easily removed by a healthcare professional through procedures like cutting, freezing, or cauterizing.

It's important to note that self-diagnosis of skin tags is not always accurate, and it's best to consult a healthcare professional for a proper evaluation and advice tailored to your specific situation.

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