Skin tags are common benign (non-cancerous) skin polyps.
Skin tags are common benign (non-cancerous) skin polyps.
This image displays loosely hanging acrochordons (skin tags).
This image displays loosely hanging acrochordons (skin tags).
Skin tags are frequently found on the neck.
Skin tags are frequently found on the neck.
This image displays small, benign skin polyps called acrochordons (skin tags).
This image displays small, benign skin polyps called acrochordons (skin tags).
This image displays a lesion with a thin
This image displays a lesion with a thin "stalk" typical of skin tags (acrochordons).
This image displays a typical acrochordon (skin tag) on the neck.
This image displays a typical acrochordon (skin tag) on the neck.

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Skin tags are common benign (non-cancerous) skin polyps.
This image displays loosely hanging acrochordons (skin tags).
Skin tags are frequently found on the neck.
This image displays small, benign skin polyps called acrochordons (skin tags).
This image displays a lesion with a thin
This image displays a typical acrochordon (skin tag) on the neck.

Skin Tag (Acrochordon)

A skin tag (acrochordon) is a common, possibly inherited condition that manifests as small, flesh-colored growths on a thin stalk. Skin tags are benign lesions that can sometimes become irritated or traumatized.

Who's At Risk?

Skin tags are very common, and their incidence increases with age. Seen more often in people with growth hormone excess (acromegaly), skin tags are sometimes associated with acanthosis nigricans, a condition in which areas of skin may become thickened and velvety.

Signs & Symptoms

Skin tags are most commonly found on the eyelids, neck, armpits, and groin area. They are flesh-colored growths on a thin stalk, ranging in size from small to large.

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Self-Care Guidelines

None necessary.

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Treatments

Skin tags may be treated by:

  • Snipping with scissors.
  • Freezing with liquid nitrogen (cryosurgery).
  • Destroying it with an instrument providing a small of amount of electrical current (electrodesiccation).

Visit Urgency

Skin tags are benign in nature, and, therefore, no treatment is necessary. However, you should seek evaluation from a primary care provider or dermatologist if you are either uncertain of the diagnosis or if the skin tags become irritated or painful.

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References

Bolognia, Jean L., ed. Dermatology, pp.1863-1864. New York: Mosby, 2003.

Freedberg, Irwin M., ed. Fitzpatrick’s Dermatology in General Medicine. 6th ed, pp. 767, 993-994, 1827. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2003.