Skin Tags

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

A skin tag is a small piece of skin which hangs or sticks off of a persons body. We learn more about them from Dr. Edward Hill in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Skin tags are common, benign skin growths that look like a small piece of soft, hanging skin. Skin tags are harmless growths. Some individuals may be more prone to tags either through increased weight, heredity or other unknown causes.

Skin tags generally begin to appear after 50 years of age. They are skin colored and may be attached to the skin by a stalk. Most are tiny, but some grow as long as one-half inch. The most common locations are the neck, armpits, skin folds or trunk area.

Skin tags are not dangerous, but may get irritated by clothes or skin rubbing against them.

Skin tags can be removed if they are in an area that is constantly irritated or if they are cosmetically displeasing. They can be removed surgically, by cryotherapy, or freezing, and by cautery, or electrical burning.

Skin tags are benign growths, but any skin lesion that changes in color, shape or size needs to be examined by your physician.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.