There is a difference of opinion when it comes to health. Some doctors may prescribe some remedies or medicines that are different than what the other doctor prescribes. In bigger health cases such as when a patient has been diagnosed to have cancer or some other type of illness, it is always best to have a second or even a third opinion. However, there are some cases that most if not all doctors agree on. Skin tags are one of these cases.
Skin tags are known to be soft skin growths which are harmless. This means that they don’t really have an effect in a person’s health. They are not dangerous.
These growths may have different appearances since they can be of different colors, sizes, and shapes. Some may be red, some may be skin-toned, and some may be black. The color depends on the state the tag is in such as a red skin tag often means that there’s bleeding going on inside the tag itself.
The effect that this condition may have on a person is usually a psychological effect since some skin growths are ugly and unsightly. People want to have perfect flawless skin and a tag’s appearance on this skin may prove to be a blow to their ego. Because of this, they try different ways to remove skin tags. Moles and tags are more or less common in people so there are indeed a lot of different methods on how to remove skin tags effectively.
The quickest way to go about removing them is to simply cut them off with a pair of scissors. This way is said to be the quickest since you immediately see the results. However, some bleeding will occur and some pain may be felt since it’s like cutting a piece of your skin off.
Some relatively painless ways on how to remove skin tags include putting a piece of string, thread, or dental floss around the base of the tag therefore cutting off the blood flow. Because of the loss of blood, the tissues inside will die – thus making the entire tag fall off. You may also apply a mixture of castor oil and baking soda onto the affected area of skin, wait for it to dry up and eventually fall off. There are also some who use herbal remedies as topical treatments for the skin tag. However, these treatments may take some time and, of course, regular and daily applications for these treatments to take effect.
Some people prefer conferring with a doctor. These doctors may treat it with freezing or burning treatments. Freezing involves the use of liquid nitrogen although it may cause some side effects. There is also the chance that this treatment may fail depending on the gravity of the situation. A doctor may also burn it off. With tag located close or near the eye, it is important to have an eye specialist take a look at it and not to try eliminating the skintag yourself since it may affect your vision.
It is relatively easy to get rid of these skin growths. You can do it at home or with a doctor’s help. The important thing to remember is that they can happen to anyone although they are more commonly found in middle-aged or overweight people.
Remove a Skin Tag
What’s the best way to remove a skin tag? In reality there is no real “best way” since every skin tag is different and everyone has a unique skin with different methods working to different degrees. Loose skin tags are by far the easiest to get rid of and I’ll show you exactly how to get rid of it without surgery or expensive treatments.
To remove a skin tag with this method you have to make sure that it’s not a mole since it can be dangerous and very painful if it is. If it is a tag and it’s clearly a loose piece of skin that’s attached to your skin via a root or a stalk then you can use this method.
Here how you do it:
You will only need a piece of dental floss to do it. If it’s in a hard to reach place on your body you should ask a family member to help you. What you need to do is to tie the dental floss around the base of the tag. The stalk is what connects the skin tag to your skin and it’s what keeps it alive. By cutting the blood supply to it, it will slowly die and fall off.
Dental floss works well simply because it is hygienic but you can try any other thin string like a piece of fishing gut. The important thing to note is to tie is tight enough to make sure you reduce the blood supply, but don’t tie it so tight that it start bleeding. Usually when it starts feeling painful its too tight.
Never leave the string on for too long either. Take it off after a day or two and apply a fresh one. Also, make sure that it does not become infected and if it starts feeling sensitive you should remove it immediately.
Although this is a very cheap and easy way to remove a skin tag you can buy a similar product that works very well. It’s the same principal and works with tiny elastic bands and an applicator that allows you to slip a very small elastic band over the base of the tag. Similarly it cuts the blood supply and eventually the tag will die and fall of. As always – if anything looks or feels suspicious you should see a doctor. If you are unsure abut anything you can speak to your doctor about this or any other form of treatment.
Skin Tag Removal Freezing
Skin tag removal – Freezing (Cryotherapy). I’ve discussed different methods to get rid of skin tags in previous articles and the one method that always comes up is that of freezing of the skin tag. This is a relatively new method and was a vast improvement on the common practice of cutting out skin tags. The scarring that comes with the removal is a big considerations because if you have tags on your face or on other very visible areas then the scars can be a major issue.
Unlike incision, the process of freezing the tags is non-invasive which means it greatly reduces or even eliminates the risk of permanent damage to the skin. In an ideal world you would say that the freezing leaves no scars but this is rarely the case. It does however offer a much better solution.
So what is Cryotheraphy and how does it work? As the word implies Cryo means to freeze and we’ve all seen movies where bodies are preserved in cryo chambers. Freezing off skin growths uses a chemical that is commonly known as liquid nitrogen which is a form of nitrogen that remains a liquid at very high low temperatures. Unlike water it does not freeze and become a solid. It remains a liquid and this opens up a whole range of uses. In the medical world, liquid nitrogen is used to freeze of skin growth by applying it under very controlled conditions on to certain parts of the body.
Because the liquid nitrogen is at such a low temperature it kills all living tissue upon contact. The application then is to apply it directly on skin tags and have it “die” on contact. Needless to say, it needs to be used very cautiously since contact with healthy skin will have the same effect. In some ways it works similar to having skin growth burned off by laser but the difference is that freezing tends to leave a lot less scarring.
So, how can you remove skin tags by freezing them off? The great news is that there are home kits that can be bought over the counter. These kits look like small aerosol cans and contain a modified version of liquid nitrogen that is much safer. It also comes with an applicator that is a long nozzle with a soft tip that allows you to target small skin tags very accurately. This allows you to apply small amounts very precisely and in the process only target the skin tags and not the healthy skin around it.
These home kits can be effective but needs to be used with a lot of caution. You need to follow the instructions very closely and never exceed the recommended dosage. Your doctor can also apply liquid nitrogen and you are likely to get much better results since they will use a much more effective product. If you have the option, ask your doctor to do this for you as you will almost always get much better results.
So what are the downsides? What it can do to healthy skin is the biggest danger since it can kill healthy skin just like it can the skin tag. Skin tags tend to have a very small stalk that connects it to the skin which means that it can be hard to target. Although scarring will be minimal it can cause discoloration of skin around the area that you target.
The results also vary quite a lot. Some people have great success with it while other don’t. To successfully remove a skin tag you have to remove the stalk as well and often times the freezing process only kills the part above the surface of the skin. It may only provide a temporary solution as the tags can grow back if the root wasn’t killed as well.
All things being said, skin tag removal freezing is definitely a viable option. Its relatively inexpensive and the fact that it leaves little scarring means that you can use it on large areas as well as very visible areas like the neck, shoulders and even the face.
Which Skin Tag Remover?
With our drug stores full of over-the-counter skin tag removers it may seem like an impossible task to know what to choose. While most of them claim to have instant results, very few actually live up to the promise – which explains why so many people still opt for more traditional treatments like surgical procedures.
Any skin tag remover is basically designed to kill the skin tag by killing the root. It actually “feeds” of your skin via this root and when you remove it, you remove the tag with it. Sometimes surgery does not get the entire root in which case the tag can regrow and if it regrows over a scar it can quickly become a very unsightly problem.
Although skin tags re not considered to be cancerous you should still take great care when removing them – specially if you are doing it yourself. With that being said here are the three best skin tag removers with some of the most important pro’s and con’s.
This is a procedure whereby the tag is frozen off with liquid nitrogen. It’s similar to that used to freeze of warts and many people have great success with this. Although this is mainly a surgical procedure there are some over the counter products that use the same method, but you have to be extremely cautious as this can really burn a hole right through healthy skin.
This is the process by which the blood supply to the tag is cut off thereby slowly killing it off until it eventually dies. In terms of products it’s often as simple as tiny elastic bands that you place over the stalk of the tag to limit the blood supply. Some people promote the use of dental floss which is exactly the same procedure. Note that this method cannot be used on all types of skin tags. It works well for tags on your eye lids or similar ones that longer outgrowths.
- DIY Remedies
By far the most inexpensive and trouble free way of doing it, but many people remain skeptical about some of these methods simply because it uses everyday household items as a skin tag remover. The truth is that many pharmaceutical products are nothing but everyday chemicals repackaged as “medicine”. There are countless methods that fall into this category and you will have to explore them for yourself to find the best one.
Some of them are as simple as baking soda while others require homeopathic medicine. Special blends of essential oils are freely available and the combination of anti viral and healing properties makes these oils very effective. It also has the added benefit of being gentle – unlike many pharmaceutical products that are nothing more than harsh chemicals. While these medicines can leave scars, essential oils are kind to your skin and a perfect skin tag remover for more visible areas of the body.
People of all ages can get skin tags, medically known as acrochordon, but they appear most often in adulthood. Skin tags on eyelids are a commonly occurring dermatological problem. They are benign growths of skin that do not pose any serious threat to health, and if you have them, you do not necessarily have to undergo any kind of skin tag removal process.
Skin tags on eyelids appear as small, narrow stalks of skin tissue that protrude from the eyelid, and they are generally the same color as the surrounding skin. The cause of these skin tags on eyelids is not known, but doctors speculate that friction may have something to do with it. As you blink your eye throughout the day, the skin of the eyelid rubs against the skin of the bony cavity that holds the eyeball (orbital cavity). This constant skin-on-skin friction may eventually lead to skin tags on the eyelid.
Skin tags on eyelids may detract from your appearance. In such cases, you may want to consider having them removed. Doctors who are specialists in plastic surgery, ophthalmology or dermatology may have training in the removal of skin tags on the eyelids.
Common methods for removal include cryotherapy (freezing), electrical techniques and in some cases use of a scalpel. According to the Mayo Clinic, surgical removal with a scalpel is appropriate for skin tags that are large and have a wide base. You should be aware that the skin of the eyelid is very thin, and there is a chance that removal of a skin tag from the eyelid with a scalpel may lead to significant bleeding. In addition, there is the possibility of a local infection after excision of the skin tag. If the skin tag is removed by freezing or electrical techniques, it may need time before it actually falls off. When it does come off, there is a chance that your skin color may become lighter or darker at the site of the skin tag.
Given the sensitivity of the skin of the eyelid and the fact that your eyes are so important to your quality of life, it is best to consult your doctor if you are thinking of removing a skin tag from your eyelid. This is not an area of the body that you should treat on your own.