Can You Use Wart Freeze on Skin Tags?

Written by katherine mariaca | 13/05/2017
Can You Use Wart Freeze on Skin Tags?
Skin tags typically appear in middle age. (old man 6 image by Harvey Hudson from Fotolia.com)

Many over-the-counter wart freezes contain dimethyl ether, a propellant that can be used as a refrigerant. Warts are hard, knobby skin growths that are the result of a viral infection. Wart freezes "burn" away the dead skin cells on top of warts.

Skin Tags

Can You Use Wart Freeze on Skin Tags?
The neck is a common location for skin tags. (neck image by DXfoto.com from Fotolia.com)

Skin tags are soft, fleshy tissue connected to the body by a stalk, which is called a pedicle. Blood vessels inside the pedicle nourish the tag. Skin tags are covered by epidermis--an outer layer of skin.

Misidentification

Can You Use Wart Freeze on Skin Tags?
A dermatologist can determine whether a growth is a skin tag. (medical tool. image by Yuri Bizgaimer from Fotolia.com)

Skin tags, although unsightly, are benign. However, they can resemble other skin conditions that should be seen by a dermatologist. Removing the wrong kind of growth can delay treatment.

Considerations

Can You Use Wart Freeze on Skin Tags?
An infection can necessitate a visit to the doctor. (doctor image by Elena Vdovina from Fotolia.com)

The ingredients in over-the-counter wart freezes can cause skin to blister, leading to infection. These same ingredients can cause skin to scar.

Dermatologists use liquid nitrogen to freeze warts and other skin growths. Their training lessens the likelihood of adverse reactions.

Nerves

Can You Use Wart Freeze on Skin Tags?
Wart freeze can hurt skin. (you broke my heart image by Elena kouptsova-vasic from Fotolia.com)

Skin tags, like the rest of the skin, contain nerve cells. Using wart freeze on skin tags can hurt.

Bleeding

Can You Use Wart Freeze on Skin Tags?
Skin tags contain blood vessels. (hand with blood image by Ivonne Wierink from Fotolia.com)

Improper removal of skin tags can cause bleeding. Occasionally, this is excessive.

Contraindications

Can You Use Wart Freeze on Skin Tags?
Never use wart freeze around the eyes. (eye image by Stanisa Martinovic from Fotolia.com)

Skin tags often develop in areas where skin is already chafed. Wart freeze can irritate already sensitive skin. Some tags are on the eyelids, and wart freeze should never be used near the eyes.

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