A cutaneous skin tag is a common skin growth that is usually harmless .
CausesA cutaneous tag usually occurs in older adults. They are more common in people who are overweight or who have diabetes. They are thought to occur from skin rubbing against skin.
SymptomsThe tag sticks out of the skin and may have a short, narrow stalk connecting it to the surface of the skin. It is usually small, but may be a half-inch long. The tag is usually the same color as skin, or a little darker.
It is usually painless and does not grow or change. However, it may be irritated from rubbing by clothing or other materials.
A skin tag may occur on the
- Middle of the body, or under folds of skin
- Other body areas
Exams and TestsYour doctor can diagnose this condition by looking at your skin. Sometimes, a skin biopsy is done.
TreatmentTreatment is usually not needed. Your doctor may recommend treatment if the skin tag is irritating, or you don't like how it looks. Treatment may include:
- Surgery to remove it
- Freezing it (cryotherapy)
- Burning it off (cauterization)
- Or using Revitol Skin Tag Remover
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