Skin tags, also called acrochordons, are soft but smooth and round growths that develop on your skin. Let’s find out why they develop, or if they are harmful and how to get rid of them.
Skin tags are painless, small, noncancerous growths on the skin. It is estimated that almost half of people develop skin tags in their lifetime. They occur in both men and women and are usually seen after the 50s.
They are usually smaller than 2 mm but in some cases, they can grow up to a few centimetres. It usually occurs in areas where your skin folds such as eyelids, neck, thighs, armpits, etc. The exact reason behind their development is unclear. But friction in skin folds might play a role. Also, human papillomavirus (HPV) can be a factor.
Generally, skin tags are not harmful but if they cause pain or bother you, you can get them removed. Most of it remain attached and they need to be removed. But sometimes tiny skin tags might get rubbed off on their own. For the removal of skin tags, don’t go for any DIY or home remedy as they need to be removed by professional healthcare providers. There are multiple approaches for removing them, such as cryotherapy, surgical removal, electro surgery or ligation.
About the Author: Dr. Iqra Mubashar is a registered Pharmacist originally from Pakistan, Lahore. She has earned her pharmacy degree from the University of veterinary and animal sciences, Lahore. She has completed her internship as a trainee from Children hospital, Lahore. She has completed her research work in clinical pharmacy and pharmaceutics. She has worked as a healthcare documentation head in Al-Qasim enterprises, Islamabad. She has specialized in prescription handling, drugs information, literature research, patient counseling and pharmaceutical care plans. Her research work on coronavirus is under publication.