Skin tags, which are small protrusions of skin that can range from very small to large in size, most often pose no risk at all to the patient. The decision to get rid of these growths most likely has to do with appearance. Skin tags are more common in obese people, people who are middle-aged or older, and those with Type 2 diabetes. They are often caused by irritation where skin is rubbing against skin. If you are ready to get rid of your skin tags and don't want to pay for a visit to the dermatologist, follow these steps.
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Things you need
- New, sharp nail clippers
- Rubbing alcohol
- Cotton balls
- Triple antibiotic cream or ointment
- Someone to help if the skin tag is on the back of your neck
Soak clippers in rubbing alcohol for 10 to 15 minutes.
While clippers are soaking, use the mirror to locate the skin tag you wish to remove. Soak a cotton ball in alcohol and apply the alcohol to the skin tag.
Remove clippers from alcohol, and get a clean cotton ball ready in case bleeding occurs. Gently snip the skin tag off at the base.
If a small amount of bleeding occurs, apply pressure with the cotton ball.
Apply triple antibiotic cream or ointment and a band-aid, if needed.
Keep area clean. Apply triple antibiotic ointment twice per day for 7 to 10 days.
If excessive bleeding occurs or the area looks red or inflamed, see your doctor right away.
Tips and warnings
- Don't attempt to remove a skin tag that looks unusual or different from your other skin tags.
- Consult with a doctor to make certain that anything you want to remove is benign and safe to remove.
- Don't ever try to remove a skin tag by yourself if it is difficult to reach. Enlist the help of a friend or relative.
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