Skin tags are small benign tumours that pose no threat to one's health. These unsightly growths are more common in older people, obese people and those with type 2 diabetes. Often, skin tags develop where skin is rubbing up against skin, or there is constant irritation caused by clothing in the same area on a daily basis. This means skin tag sufferers can see them pop up in their armpits, groin area and underneath the breasts. Many insurance companies won't cover the removal of skin tags because it's considered a cosmetic procedure.
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Things you need
- Rubbing alcohol
- New, sharp fingernail clippers
- Alcohol swabs with numbing agent (available at your local drugstore)
- Triple antibiotic cream
Pour rubbing alcohol in the bowl, enough to completely cover the clippers. Submerge the clippers. Wait 10 minutes.
Use mirror to locate the skin tag(s) you wish to remove. Enlist your helper if you need assistance.
Open one of the alcohol swabs and thoroughly clean the skin tag you wish to remove. Wait a few minutes for the numbing agent to kick in.
Remove clippers from the alcohol. Carefully clip off the skin tag. If it's in a hard to reach place, have your helper do it for you.
Apply triple antibiotic cream and bandage to the area.
Change the bandage and apply more cream three to four times a day for three days. If excessive bleeding occurs or the area becomes red or inflamed, see your doctor.
Tips and warnings
- Check with your doctor before attempting home skin tag removal to be sure the growth is indeed a skin tag.
- Sterilise the clippers, even if they are new. Not doing so can result in infection.
- Never use dull clippers as this will cause more pain.
- Don't attempt to remove a skin tag you can't see well or reach adequately without the help of a friend or relative.
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