Skin Tags
Scott Bamber

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external image skin_tags.jpgexternal image dermnet-skin-tags-neck.jpgA skin tag is a noncancerous tumor that usually grows in areas where the skin forms creases such as the neck and eyelids. The painless tags are generally as small as a grain of rice although some as large as a half inch have been diagnosed. They rise off the surface of the skin like bumps and are usually discolored compared to the original skin pigment. Because they form in areas where the skin creases, it’s believed that they are caused by skin on skin rubbing, which is also a reason why they are frequently found on the skin of the obese. They’re also prevalent among pregnant women and people with diabetes. It’s said that 46% of the general population has or has once had a skin tag incident.
Q1: How do you treat skin tags? (A. Cameron)
A1: They are commonly treated with liquid nitrogen which quickly destroys skin tissue allowing regeneration of healthy tissue.
Q2: Even though skin tags form in areas where the skin creases, can they still be spread to other parts of the body? (M. Seibert)
A2: Yes. Skin tags are most commonly found on creases but they have been identified on all areas of the body.
Q3: Which type of diabeties is usually related to skin tags? (W.Stocker)
A3: It has been found that people with type 2 diabetes are more prone to skin tags although those with type 1 are also likely to receive them.
Q4:why is it more common to get them if you have diabetes? (J. Murray)
A4: It's not exactly clear however, it has been proved that being more resistant to insulin increases the likelihood of obtaining skin tags.
Q5:Why are pregnant people more susceptable to skin tags? (T. Bartlett)
A5:Because they are caused by a hyperactive superficial layer of skin that forms during pregnancy.