10 Common Myths about Skin Tags That You Should Stop Believing

 Skin tags can be a physical nuisance but as much as the problem is physical, it is also very confusing. Those minute pieces of excess hanging skin growing on your body can also be very worrying because of the rumors abounding that skin tags may be either benign or malignant. Throughout the net, you will see a variety of information giving you several natural remedies on how to remove skin tags. There is also a lot of incorrect information about skin tags itself. Here are ten if the most common myths surrounding skin tags.

 Skin tags are nothing but trouble

Skin tags also called by their medical name as acrochordons or fibroepithelial polyps (FEP) are just regular tiny pieces of fleshy skin which appear in more than 50% of the world’s population. They are a common feature of aging and the only problem with them is when they appear in odd places like between the groin or the eyes. Although skin tags don’t usually lead to serious conditions, doctors will always suggest they get checked out.

 Skin tags are cancerous

According to dermatologists, skin tags are not cancerous and thus it is not necessary to remove them. They are almost always benign. Most people prefer removing skin tags because of cosmetic or discomforting reasons. It would not be a problem if you just let them be however there could be exceptions.

 When skin tags are not skin tags

One study found two such patients with a condition called basal cell nevus syndrome had several basal cell carcinomas growing on their body that resembled skin tags. Dermatologists also say that certain cancers like melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and basal cell carcinoma can resemble skin tags. This is when you need to go to an experienced and certified dermatologist who can identify the problem and make an accurate diagnosis. If any tag changes color, starts oozing, bleeding or itching, see a dermatologist.

 You can remove skin tags at home

You can but you should not. While skin tags are mostly a cosmetic problem, they should be shown to a dermatologist when you want to remove them. Skin tags especially on eyes can bleed a lot which is why dermatologists say that you should never listen to those quack remedies and try to remove the tag yourself. Removing skin tags yourself can result in painful conditions.

 Don’t diagnose a skin tag yourself

You should not try and conclude that your skin tag is a benign one simply because you aren’t exactly qualified to do so. A dermatologist is more likely to give you your peace of mind when it involves large skin tags. If you prefer them removed, then they can by medical procedures that include cryosurgery, cauterization, electrosurgery or excisions.

 Removing a skin tag might make more grow

How far from the truth. Many worry that a skin tag may grow bigger or get worse if you attempt to remove it. This is a bogus myth and if more grow in the same area, it means they were meant to grow there. Removing one skin tag doesn’t mean you may get another.

 You can remove skin tags with creams and OTC remedies

If it were that simple, then why the need for dermatologists and surgical procedures. The truth is that there is no FDA approved magic potion to remove skin tags as yet. There may be future products that could possibly remove benign growths, but they don’t exist as yet.

 There is nothing you can do to prevent skin tags

Because skin tags may appear suddenly out of nowhere, we all think them to be uncontrollable but that is false. Skin experts say that skin tags are especially common in obese and overweight people or those with conditions like insulin resistance and diabetes.

 Maintain your weight and lifestyle to prevent skin tags

Maintaining your weight may reduce the risk of skin tags. Skin tags could also be an indicator of bad health especially if you eat too many saturated fats, live a poor lifestyle, consume too much sugar and have an unhealthy BMI. You are asking for trouble that is a lot more than skin tags.

 Skin tags occur in ‘dirty’ or unfit people

Not at all. Anyone can get skin tags and they are not related to bad hygiene in any way says Sonam Yadav MD. They could be a result of obesity, PCOD, diabetes, pregnancy, thyroid imbalance and tight clothing.

 Skin tags result from skin friction

You can’t get skin tags from skin rubbing against skin. It is the creases and folds in the skin that create a suitable environment for a virus that could cause skin tags. When viruses make their way into a skin follicle, the local DNA gets infected creating a skin tag.

 Skin tags are contagious

No. In no way are skin tags contagious so don’t start cringing or acting weird if you see a skin tag on your friend’s body. Some skin tags can be caused by HPV or human papillomavirus. Viruses land on the skin frequently but the skin doesn’t play a very good host. Once the virus is able to embed itself into the skin, the skin isolates it resulting in the skin tag, so there is no way it can be contagious.

 All growths sticking out of our bodies are skin tags

Not every bump or protrusions on our bodies are skin tags. There are moles, and sebhoerric keratoses that could look like skin tags. It could also be a more serious condition like genital warts that warrant medical intervention. There are some skin growths that could be an extension of skin glands which can get infected if you start poking around. If a skin tag shows signs of pigmentation, then see a doctor.

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