Skin tags are common benign (non-cancerous) skin polyps.
Skin tags are common benign (non-cancerous) skin polyps.
This image displays small, benign skin polyps called acrochordons (skin tags).
This image displays small, benign skin polyps called acrochordons (skin tags).
This early adolescent has a single harmless skin tag (acrochordon) on the armpit.
This early adolescent has a single harmless skin tag (acrochordon) on the armpit.
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 small, benign skin polyps called acrochordons (skin tags).
This early adolescent has a single harmless skin tag (acrochordon) on the armpit.
This image displays a lesion with a thin
This image displays a typical acrochordon (skin tag) on the neck.

Skin Tag (Acrochordon)

Acrochordons, commonly known as skin tags, are small (usually about the size of a sesame seed), benign (noncancerous) flesh-colored skin growths. They can occur anywhere on the body, but they most often occur in areas where there is skin folding, such as the neck and armpits. Skin tags are painless unless they are irritated (such as being snagged on jewelry or clothing), and then they may become itchy or tender. While there is nothing that will prevent them from occurring, they are not contagious and a doctor can remove them.

Who's At Risk?

Skin tags are very common, and anyone of any age can get one, though they are much more common in older people (in fact, more than half of adults have at least one skin tag) and people who are obese.

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 the skin tag(s) 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 tag 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.