A small, harmless flap of skin, usually attached by a stalk to the neck, trunk, groin, or armpit
- More common with increasing age
- Being overweight is a risk factor
- Gender and genetics are not significant factors
Tags are soft, tiny flaps of skin, sometimes darker than the surrounding area, that are attached to the body by a stalk. These skin growths usually occur spontaneously. Skin tags are found on any part of the body, typically on the neck and trunk, but they may also occur in the groin or armpit. While skin tags are harmless and usually cause no trouble, they may bleed or become sore if they are rubbed by clothing. Elderly and overweight people are especially prone to skin tags.
Consult your doctor if you are unsure whether a growth is a skin tag or if a tag is irritated by your clothes. You may have the tag removed under a local anaesthetic by burning, scraping, or snipping with surgical scissors.
From the 2010 revision of the Complete Home Medical Guide © Dorling Kindersley Limited.
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