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eMedicine - Acrochordon : Article by Agnieszka Terlikowska, MD

Skin Tags Acrochordon

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... that skin tags are present in approximately 46% of the world's population?

... that by age 70 as many as 59% of all persons have skin tags?

... that they are seen equally in men and women?

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What are skin tags (acrochordons)?

Acrochordons (also called skin tags) are small benign tumors that form primarily in areas where the skin forms creases, such as the neck, armpits, and groin. They also occur on the face, usually on the eyelids. They range in size from two to five millimeters, although larger ones have been seen. The surface of acrochordons may be smooth or irregular in appearance. Often, they are raised from the surface of the skin on a fleshy stalk called a "peduncle."

Causes of Skin Tags

Why and how skin tags form is not entirely known, but there are correlations with age and obesity. They are more common in people with diabetes mellitus, insulin resistance, carbohydrate sensitivity, and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). It is estimated that by age 70, up to 59 percent of people have them. A genetic component (causation) is thought to exist.  Skin tags are harmless, but they may be an indication of, or result from, carbohydrate sensitivity or carbohydrate-related, metabolic disorders.

Treatment of Skin Tags

Some persons report that their skin tags disappear if they take chromium picolinate 200 mcg twice a day. This trace element may have positive impact on insulin resistance.   This mineral must be taken for 3 months to see the results.  Since chromium may impact blood glucose and insulin sensitivity, talk with your doctor before taking this, or any other, supplement -- especially if you are on insulin or anti-diabetic drugs.

Skin tags do not need treatment but if they become sore from rubbing clothing or jewelry, or if you find them unsightly, they can be removed surgically.  There are several methods of removing them:

  • cryosurgery (freezing)
  • tying off the stem to cut off the blood supply
  • excision with scissors or a scalpel
  • burning with an electric needle

All of these methods of treatment are considered minor surgery, typically done in a doctor's office. Since removal of skin tags is considered to be cosmetic, most health care systems and medical insurance plans will not cover it.

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e-Medicine: An acrochordon is a small, soft, common, benign, usually pedunculated neoplasm that is found particularly in persons who are obese. It is usually skin colored or hyperpigmented, and it may appear as surface nodules or papillomas on healthy skin. Most acrochordons vary in size from 2-5 mm in diameter, although larger acrochordons up to 5 cm in diameter are sometimes evident. The most frequent localizations are the neck and the axillae, but any skin fold, including the groin, may be affected.

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