Acrochordon (Skin Tags)

Dr. Ramesh Bhardwaj D.H.M.S  •  Dr. Puja Bhadel Bhardwaj  M.D.

  


Skin tags are very common soft harmless lesions that appear to hang off the skin. 

 

 

They are also described as: 
- Acrochordons 
- Papillomas 
- Fibroepithelial polyps 
- Soft fibromas 
- Pedunculated 
- Filiform 

Skin tags develop in both men and women as they grow older. They are harmless and typically painless, and do not grow or change over time. They are skin colored or darker and range in size from 1mm to 5cm. The surface of an acrochordon may be smooth or irregular in appearance and is often raised from the surface of the skin on a fleshy stalk called a peduncle. They are most often found in the skin folds particularly neck, armpits, and groin. They may also occur on the face, usually on the eyelids.

Acrochordon (skin tags) have been reported to have an incidence of 46% in the general population. 

What causes skin tags? 
Although we do not know the exact cause of skin tags, the following are thought to be associated with their appearance: 

- Chaffing and irritation from the skin rubbing together 
- Hormones secreted during pregnancy or in cases of acromegaly (gigantism) 
- Insulin resistance caused by diabetes 
- Human Papilloma virus 
- Illegal steroid use that interferes with the body and muscles, causing the collagen fibers in the skin to bond so that skin tags are formed

How to Remove Them?
Many people suffering from ancrochordons will approach a dermatologist or a general practitioner. In this case, the skin tags will be removed surgically which involves cutting around the tag itself. This can be quite expensive operation and there is no guarantee that firstly, there will be no scarring and secondly, that the tag will not return at some later date. There may also be some pain involved.

Another option for the removal of ancrochordons is to use a homoeopathic remedy. There is no burning or skin irritation and therefore no pain.

Although the total time period varies from person to person, depending on the quantity and size of the skin tags and your immune system, the condition will be eliminated in 4 to 8 weeks. And the important end result would be no scarring and no return of the tag.