(Skin Tags; Fibroepithelial Polyps)
Acrochordons are harmless skin growths that hang from the surface of the skin. They are also known as skin tags.
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It is not known what causes skin tags to form.
Things that may raise the risk of skin tags are:
Skin tags appear as small, flesh-colored skin growths. They are often found in folds of the skin, such as the arm pit, neck, or groin. They do not cause any symptoms.
The doctor will ask about your symptoms and health history. A physical exam will be done. This is often enough to make the diagnosis.
Some people may need a skin biopsy to rule out other problems.
Most people do not need treatment. Skin tags can be watched. They should be removed if they are causing irritation.
Removal choices are:
- Surgical removal
- Cutting off blood supply to the skin tag with a band
There are no known guidelines to prevent skin tags.
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- Skin tags. Merck Manual Professional Version website. Available at: http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/dermatologic_disorders/benign_skin_tumors_growths_and_vascular_lesions/skin_tags.html?qt=&sc=&alt=.
- Skin tags. New Zealand Dermatological Society website. Available at: http://www.dermnetnz.org/lesions/skin-tags.html.
- James P. Cornell, MD
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