Most people will find that from time to time they develop skin tags; these can sometimes be painful. They are generally small soft raised areas that are attached to the skin on small storks, usually forming in places such as the eyelids, neck, groin, armpits and upper chest. Fortunately the vast majority of times they are benign and such pose no serious risks to an individual’s health or wellbeing.
A skin tag is normally no larger than the size of the end of a pencil; however, in some cases they have been reported to reach the size of large grapes. Depending on their location it might provide the individual with a cause of embarrassment, with this in mind very often the individual will seek a method of removal; normally this is carried out by a dermatologist or health care provider, although an increasing number of people are seeking more affordable home remedies.
As well as having to deal with the potential embarrassment of having a skin tag in a prominent area, sometimes an individual might find that they can also feel some pain or discomfort from the skin tag.
Reasons of Painful Skin Tags
Very often the skin tag will be in a location where it is aggravated by clothing or jewellery; this can often lead to the skin tag become inflamed and in some rarer cases infected. Also sometimes an individual might attempt some kind of home removal, if not carried out properly this can also lead to a painful skin tag.
- Chaffing caused by clothes
- Rubbing from jewellery
- Ineffective home removal treatments
Most of the time the skin tag will not remain painful for many days; however should the pain or discomfort last for longer then it is important to seek the advice of either a dermatologist or health care provider.
Can it Be Dangerous?
Most of the time when a skin tag is irritated it will not lead to further issues, providing that the skin tag remains intact and doesn’t get infected. At worst the painful skin tag should just last for a few days and then settle back down after this stage.
Of course if the discomfort or pain arises very often from one particular skin tag then it might prove prudent to have it removed, there are many different treatments that can complete this task; either via a dermatologist, health care provider or sometimes in the comfort of an individual’s own home.
Some of these Removal Treatments Include:
- Cryotherapy: Literally the skin tag is subjected to extremely cold temperatures, during this process the skin tag dies and drops off.
- Cutting or slicing: This is normally carried out by a dermatologist, the area is anesthetised and a surgical blade or scissors are used to cut away the offending skin tag.
- Stopping the circulation: This method can be carried out by a professional as well as at home, a piece of cotton or suture is tied tightly around the skin tag and cuts off the blood circulation, causing it to die and drop off in a couple of days.
- Laser surgery: This highly effective method has become less popular since the introduction of many more cost effective options.
- Home removal options: There are an ever increasing number of these home removal remedies, many of them can be carried out quickly and safely in the comfort of one’s own home; whilst saving considerable money over some of the treatments provided by health care professionals.