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Skin Tags - What are They?

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A Skin Tag is a small piece of skin which hangs or sticks off of a person's body. The scientific name for skin tags is acrochordon. Skin tags tend to grow on the eyelids, under the armpits and in the groin area as well as the chest. These are non cancerous growths and can vary in size and shape some being irregular in appearance. .

Someone who has a skin tag may notice that it is a darker pigment than that of the skin, or more flat than other skin tags on the body.

Appearance of Skin Tags

Some people may have a skin tag or growth which raises itself off the skin forming a peduncle. The peduncle is a small thick piece of skin which almost gives the skin tag a branch like formation from which it hangs down from. Skin tags are not dangerous to have but are considered tumors because of the fact they grow on the body areas. Body skin tags can cause discomfort if in an area with a lot of contact such as a shirt collar or the groin area when walking. If a skin tag is irritated enough that it can become sore and painful, even though skin tags are not attached to the skin deeply they can still cause pain if one tries to treat skin tags or a neck chain cuts them open. In this case it is preferrable to find treatment.

There is no known cause for why a skin tag develops as of yet, under a microscope someone will tell you it looks like skin envelops itself, overlaps in a way and causes a lump which then becomes infected. There is also no reason to treat or remove skin tags unless the appearance bothers the person carrying them.

Who Gets Skin Tags?

Skin tags are a relatively common condition in people and can be seen in those old and young. Although skin tags are seen more frequently in women men are just as likely to have them grow on the body. Acrochordon (skin tags) are frequently the result of genes, they are a hereditary condition passed on through families, not everyone whose parents have skin tags will get them but may notice the growths develop at a later stage in life. Skin tag growth usually begins when someone reaches middle age, around 45. Skin tags can be seen in children as well as adults young and old, it doesn't always affect those in their older years. There is no known cause for why a skin tag develops as of yet, under a microscope someone will tell you it looks like skin envelops itself, overlaps in a way and causes a lump which then becomes infected.

Conclusion

In conclusion, a skin tag is a harmless skin condition, which causes no pain unless irritated. They are usually hereditary and can vary in color size and shape. Skin tags can have a branch (peduncle) from which it hangs in some cases. Anyone can develop skin tags and those who chose to have them removed surgically may notice more grow back. Any age or race can develop skin tags but they are more prevalent in women and those who are reaching their mid 40s. Once more there is no known cause for why anyone would get a skin tag.

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