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Skin tabs

ArugulaZArugulaZ Registered User regular
edited March 2007 in Help / Advice Forum
As I grow older and older, the number of skin tabs on my neck and under my arms seem to increase. Now that I'm in my thirties, it feels like I'm growing a damn crop of them on my body. What causes them, and is there an effective, relatively painless way to remove them? I heard that you can force them to atrophy and fall off by tying small bits of unflavored dental floss around their bases.

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  • The CatThe Cat Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited March 2007
    You can get a GP to freeze them off like they're warts, can't you?

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  • ArugulaZArugulaZ Registered User regular
    edited March 2007
    I'd need to know what a GP was first... care to elaborate?

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  • virgilsammsvirgilsamms Registered User regular
    edited March 2007
    General Practitioner - in other words doctor.

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  • twmjrtwmjr Registered User regular
    edited March 2007
    Yeah, talk to your doctor about having them removed. If he can't do it he'll refer you to someone who can, and from what I've been told the procedure is pretty painless and fast... usually done in the doctor's office who removes them during a regular appointment.

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  • MuddBuddMuddBudd Registered User regular
    edited March 2007
    I get these under my arms occasionally. If they are pronounced I just snip them off and put antibiotic ointment on them. I have some of those scissors you cut cat claws with, works very well.

    Note I only do this if they get particularly sore from movement, if they don't bother me, I leave them alone.

    Apparently nobody knows exactly what causes them.

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  • UltaruneUltarune Registered User regular
    edited March 2007
    I'm a sleep technician, and almost all of my patients have these, although the majority of them are 40+, and about 80% are overweight, so I don't know if thats a contributing factor. I always wondered what they were, I wikied skin tabs and got nothing, does anyone know of any other names they are called, or better yet the medical term for the condition?

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  • twmjrtwmjr Registered User regular
    edited March 2007
    The proper name is Acrochordons and they're generally referred to as skin tags as opposed to tabs. And yes, no one knows for sure why they appear, but age/weight are thought to be related.

    edit: Also, the wiki link is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acrochordons

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