Each year in America, nearly 5 million people are treated due to skin cancer. With staggering statistics like this, it is no wonder people have become more aware of the appearance of their skin. This means when you see a new development you may become incredibly anxious about whether or not the lesion is cancerous, especially when you see a new occurrence like a skin tag. Included here are a few things you need to know about skin tags, including treatment and removal.
50% of the Population Will Develop Skin Tags
While you may feel that skin tags are an abnormal development, in truth, nearly 50% of the population has them. They are more prominent in women than men and tend to occur after the age of 40. If you are overweight or obese, suffer from diabetes or have areas of chaffing, you are more likely to develop skin tags; but be aware, skin tags can also be genetically passed on through your family line.
Dangers of Skin Tags
In reality, there are no major issues associated with having skin tags, other than the unsightlyness of the tissue. With high instances of skin tags, the individual has no greater chance of developing cancer or having the skin tags become malignant. The main concern with a skin tag is catching them on a garment or jewelry piece and enduring the pain of having them ripped off.
Areas That Are Prone
Skin tags can develop all over the body and you could have one or dozens. Some areas that are most likely to develop skin tags are at the base of the neck, eyelids, underarms, groin area and under breasts. However, it is possible you can have skin tags at any other place on your body and they will still be just as harmless.
If you wish to be rid of skin tags without a painful process, there are simple natural methods to help aid in the removal. Some recommend applying an apple cider vinegar, pineapple juice or castor oil solution to aid in removal. Others will create a pumice from garlic or ginger and apply that directly to the tag twice daily. While it is uncertain whether any of these natural methods will work for you, it can be a fairly cheap method to try before moving to surgical means of removal.
While many doctors recommend leaving skin tags attached, unless they have begun to cause embarrassment or discomfort, some individuals choose to be rid of them immediately. To completely remove the skin tag, the doctor may need to cut or tie off the tag so it will detach. This can be an unpleasant process and will often require local anesthetic.