Skin tags appear as small growths on the skin. They typically look like a rounded growth or tube with a thin stalk that attaches it to the skin. Skin tags are raised and stick out from the skin. They may be skin colored or darker.
Skin tags may be small or grow up to a half-inch long. They most commonly appear on skin folds where friction occurs. Common locations include the eyelids, neck, armpits, trunk, under breasts, or between the legs. Most skin tags are painless. In some locations, friction can cause minor pain, discomfort, and irritation. Friction can be caused by jewelry, clothing, and skin on skin rubbing.
Am I at RiskRisk factors may increase your likelihood of developing skin tags. People with all of the risk factors may never develop the condition; however, the chance of developing skin tags increases with the more risk factors you have. You should tell your doctor about your risk factors and discuss your concerns.
Risk factors for skin tags:
____ Overweight people are more likely to develop skin tags.
____ Type 2 Diabetes is associated with skin tag development.
____ Aging increases the likelihood of skin tag formation.
____ Frequent skin irritation or friction can cause skin tags.
____ High levels of hormones during pregnancy are associated with skin tag development.
____ Skin tags appear to run in families. Researchers suspect there is a hereditary factor.
____ People with Birt-Hogg-Dube (BHD) syndrome, a rare genetic condition, have a tendency to develop skin tags.
Skin tags can cause discomfort. Friction from skin folds, jewelry, underwear, and bras can cause irritation and minor pain. You should contact your doctor if bleeding occurs. Your doctor can remove skin tags that bother you.
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