Vaginal Skin Tags: Symptoms & Treatment
Skin tags in the vaginal area are surprisingly common. These benign (non-cancerous) skin growths are more often an embarrassment than an actual medical problem and most women will want to have these vaginal skin tags treated if at all possible. It is extremely rare for a skin tag to be cancerous, even genital skin tags and vaginal skin tags.
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Skin Tag Prevalence
Developing skin tags is one of those annoyances that occur as we start to get older. They can form along the neckline, under the arms, beneath the breasts, on and above the eyelids and of course even in the groin area. If there is one skin tag, then there are often many others. They are usually small flesh-colored growths that protrude from the skin. But not all skin tags look the same. While some are flesh colored, others are darker than the surrounding flesh; some are flat while others hang off the skin by a stalk known as peduncle.
Some are wrinkled while others are smooth; some may be as small as a pinhead while others can grow to the size of a grape. The majority are a few millimeters in diameter. They may occur singly or in batches. There are numberous treatments for skin tags, including all natural products.
In the case of vaginal skin tags, the most likely time for these to appear is often after pregnancy. This is probably because the skin has been stretched and because of the hormonal changes which take place during pregnancy.
The skin tag is a tumor in the sense that it is a growth. However, it is a benign non-cancerous raised skin tumor. Skin tag causes are usually attributed to age and overproduction of squamous skin cells.
Vaginal entrance skin tags do not cause problems unless they are irritated by friction, by sanitary napkins or tampons, by underwear or even by sexual intercourse. If they get irritated, they can become inflamed and sore and may bleed if rubbed hard because they have a blood supply that enables them to grow. The skin tags will also start to swell during the menstrual period of women, returning to their normal size afterwards, so they are more likely to be irritated during that time.
Transmission and Occurrence
Although vaginal entrance skin tags are harmless, cannot be passed on to others and are definitely not a sexually transmitted disease, women may well find that their sexual partner is concerned about their presence in the same way that you would be concerned about skin tags on your partner's penis. People are often worried that the vaginal skin tags are perhaps genital warts which of course would be a cause for concern. However, genital warts are caused by a virus and are contagious. There is absolutely no connection between skin tags and genital warts.
For the above reasons it makes sense to make a plan for the removal of vaginal skin tags. There are a number of different options available. Some of these options are:
- Cryotherapy which is freezing with liquid nitrogen.
- Electrocautery where a very hot but very small blade is used to cut off the skin tag while sealing the blood vessel at the same time to stop any bleeding.
- Surgical excision by cutting.
- Laser treatment.
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In the United States, most medical insurance companies no longer cover the removal of skin tags and consider their removal to be merely for cosmetic reasons. So the cost of removal has to be taken into consideration when weighing up the options.
If you are concerned or unsure about any changes in your skin or about any growths in your genital area, it is always wise to check with your doctor or healthcare provider. They will be able to reassure you or to give you further advice or treatment.
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