Achrochordon / Skin Tags


“Acrochordon” is the medical name for a skin tag. It looks exactly like its name – a tiny flesh-colored polyp-like growth, hanging from the skin by a thin stalk.

They occur in areas where clothing rubs the skin, such as a shirt collar or waistband. They also appear where skin rubs skin, such as the underarms, folds in the neck, under the breasts and the groin area. They can occur on eyelids. They usually appear in middle age, with more and more people having the condition up to age 60. About 25 percent of adults will have them. They are very rare in kids, but some babies form them in neck folds, and occasionally on children’s eyelids. The typical size is 2-5mm, but can grow up to 5cm in diameter. Some people may have only one tag, while others have hundreds.

Symptoms and Diagnosis

Usually the only problem with skin tags is cosmetic. In some regions of the body skin tags are prone to snagging by clothing, jewelry, even pets. That snagging may cause discomfort. Occasionally a tag in an area in which it’s repeatedly irritated may bleed. They can twist on their stalk, cutting off blood supply to the skin tag, which then dies, turns black and may fall off. The diagnosis is made simply by seeing its characteristic appearance. Usually there is no reason to suspect any other disorders that may have a similar appearance. A seborrheic keratosis, mole, wart, cyst, milia or neurofibroma can have a similar appearance. It is extremely rare, but a basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, or malignant melanoma may resemble a skin tag. For larger skin tags, or those with unusual color or irregular shape, a biopsy should be performed. Skin tags are benign (not cancerous), and do not turn into cancer. They are not contagious. If skin tags are found in the genital regions of both men and women, they should be examined and biopsies performed to distinguish skin tags from genital warts caused by human papilloma virus. Genital warts can be precancerous.  Continue reading for Causes . . .

Skin Tags

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