- BY Dr. Rajeev's Clinic
Skin tags are harmless growths on the skin that can vary in number. They are usually the same color as your skin or slightly darker. These tiny pieces of tissue are composed of blood vessels and a type of protein fiber called collagen. They project from the surrounding skin on a thin or thick stalk. While most skin tags are small, pinhead-sized bumps, they may become as large as a grape.
Skin tags can develop on any part of the body, but they most commonly grow on areas of high friction or areas that are commonly rubbed, such as, neck, breasts, groin, stomach, eyelids, underarms.
Males and females are equally prone to getting skin tags. However, people may be more likely to develop skin tags if they are obese, are pregnant, or have diabetes.
Researchers don’t know exactly what causes skin tags to grow. It is believed that friction may lead to the development of skin tags. The growths commonly occur in areas where skin constantly rubs against clothing or other skin, such as near your bra strap or in a fold of skin.
Other factors that may contribute to the formation of skin tags include-the presence of certain forms of papilloma virus, insulin resistence, which is often seen in people with diabetes.
Skin tags also appear to run in families, and researchers suspect that genetics might play a role in the development of the condition.
The tag sticks out of the skin and may have a short, narrow stalk connecting it to the surface of the skin. Some skin tags are as long as a half of an inch. Most skin tags are the same color as skin, or a little darker
In most cases the skin tag is painless and does not grow or change. However, it may become irritated from rubbing by clothing or other materials.
Homoeopathic medicines give a hope for skin tag patients. Homoeopathy can have removed the skin tag permanently without any side effects. Constitutional treatment approach is effective in such conditions