Anal Skin Tags

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What Are Anal Skin Tags?

If you have ever seen a small flap of skin growing off of your neck or armpit, those flesh extensions are called skin tags. Regardless of their location on your body, these skin excesses are not detrimental to your health. They are simply extra skin that often matches your skin tone, or slightly darker. For anal skin tags, these flaps emerge around your anal verge, or where your outside skin meets the anal cavity.

What Causes Anal Skin Tags?

Anal skin tags are not the result of anal intercourse or sexually transmitted diseases. In fact, they are often associated with anal fissures, hemorrhoids and other rectal problems or surgeries.

Anal fissures, or tears, can occur from consistently hard stools. Skin tags may develop around these areas as the body attempts to heal itself. Rectal surgery recovery typically encourages skin tags as the healing skin is swollen. Skin cell rejuvenation may quickly get out of hand, effectively creating anal skin tags.

Hemorrhoids, or swollen anus veins, enlarge the anus area, and may cause skin tags to erupt. They may feel swollen themselves from the blood supply coursing through them. Although anal skin tags are not harmful themselves, you should take their presence as a sign to see a doctor about any associated issues including painful hemorrhoids.

Are There Complications With Anal Skin Tags?

Aside from anal skin tags indicating another medical condition, you may feel itching or pain on or near the tag if it becomes infected. Because of its close proximity to your rectal area, fecal matter can become lodged around the tag. Bacteria buildup can quickly infect your anus and surrounding skin.

You may also feel anxiety if you have a sexual relationship with a partner. Skin tags may cause friction between you and your partner if they do not understand your skin issue.

How Do You Treat Anal Skin Tags?

It is advisable to have your doctor evaluate your anal skin tags to find a root cause. If the tags are not associated with a medical condition, such as hemorrhoids, many insurance companies will not approve a treatment program. They often cite that it is a cosmetic issue, not a medical necessity to treat under insurance.

Basic treatment options include excision through local or general anesthesia, depending on the extent of the skin tags' presence. Lasers are another option that simply smoothes the anal surface for an almost perfect removal process. Freezing the tags off through cryotherapy works well as doctors use liquid nitrogen to quickly remove the growths. An alternative therapy includes the use of a natural skin tags formula that patients use over-the-counter as a non-invasive choice.

How Do You Prevent Anal Skin Tags?

Aside from evaluating and treating the underlying issue causing the skin tags, including anal fissures, there are other preventive measures you can take to keep yourself tag-free.

Improve your diet by adding more fruits and vegetables. Natural fiber keeps your digestive system flowing well without hard stools damaging your bowels. Set aside sodas and drink more water. With a proper diet and ample water, your body will become healthier and leaner. Add in exercise to help your digestive system as well. All of your daily activities contribute to normal bowel movements. Reduced stress during bowel movements keeps your anal area free from skin tags.

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