Skin tags (acrochordons) are growth that comes along with aging. There are no known causes for growth of skin tags but is referred to as a benign growth which is often described as bits of flesh or skin tissue that protrudes from the surrounding skin.
Skin tags are growth that hangs on a person’s skin with a stalk. Even if there are varieties in appearance, majority of skin tags are slightly wrinkled and smooth with little irregularities. Because of these fleshy bumps, some tend to be affected with the way it hangs on their skin which contributes to an intense mental rather than physical discomfort.
Normally, skin tags form in clusters that can form up to one centimeter. Skin tags appear on different places of skin like the groin, below or under the breast, neckline, underarms and eyelids. Some are small enough not to be identified while others show as large as grapes. Tags are usually benign in condition and are not associated with any medical factor because it is commonly found in people who are healthy.
About 40% of the total population reports to have skin tags in their time of their life. Generally, skin tags are not present at birth which is usually acquired and may eventually arise during adulthood. Although it is more common during old age and increases in prevalence until the age of 60 and above. Toddlers and children have a high probability of acquiring skin tags around their neck and underarm. Obesity or people who are overweight also have high chances of getting skin tags for the reason that it appears in skin areas that have continuous friction and rubbing.
Elevations in hormone such as those in pregnant women can cause an increased chance of forming skin tags although once pregnancy ended; the tags will go as well.
Causes for removal
Even if tags are considered as an unusual growth, it is a harmless one and is positively benign which can’t lead to any kind of malignancy unlike moles that can lead to melanoma, a kind of skin cancer. That is why, there is no need for alarm if the tag is not removed or treated for there are not alarming threats to be concerned with.
On the other hand, there are still some who wanted to rid of their tags mainly because of how unsightly it looks on their skin most especially if it is located somewhere prominent or some wanted to remove it because of uncomfortable effects when rubbed or moved.
No matter how small or large a tag can be, it can still cause some discomfort which leads to irritability most especially if the tag keeps on having contact with parts of your body. For as long as these skin growths don’t get irritated, it will show no symptoms. Another thing, because of how these appear on the skin would probably be the main reason why people choose to have it removed.
But in certain circumstance, tags should be removed because of the results from being irritated and lead to bleeding and eventually cell death of a particular area. There will be occurrences where they will be snagged by pets, clothing, jewelry and even seatbelts that can cause so much discomfort and pain. Even so, there are no claims that skin tags are cancerous or may somehow lead at such point.