Can You Use Wart Freeze on Skin Tags?

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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.

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Skin Tags

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.

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)

Misidentification

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.

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)

Considerations

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.

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)

Nerves

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

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)

Bleeding

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

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

Contraindications

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.

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

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